In today’s fast changing world, Filipino professionals and workers must continuously upgrade themselves to remain competitive. These learners need to learn anytime and anywhere to keep up with the changing demands of their professions. Educational institutions need to make their program and course offerings more accessible if they are to remain responsive to the needs of these learners. In this increasingly open world, openness in education has become an imperative.

The increasing emphasis on openness in education comes at a time when information and knowledge has become more accessible through the internet. Globalization has not only led to the tearing down of trade barriers but also faster movement of people and exchange of ideas. Recent technological developments have altered the way people communicate, work, and learn with each other. There is now a growing movement towards the sharing of knowledge resources across institutions and even nations.  Educational institutions must be able to harness the affordances of available learning resources and technologies and tap appropriate pedagogical designs to make quality academic programs within the reach of more diverse set of learners.

In support of Republic Act 10650 (Open and Distance Learning Law) which aims to promote open and distance learning in the country, the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL 2017) aims to introduce participants to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of and recent trends in open learning. This year’s conference hopes to build upon the outcomes of the conference held in 2015. Expected to benefit from this conference are administrators and academics, teachers and researchers from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and technical and vocational institutes (TVIs). The UP Open University has established NCODeL as a forum for administrators, teachers, scholars, practitioners and policymakers to learn from each other as they explore spaces and possibilities for ODeL for Development.