Opening educational opportunities to everyone is UP Open University’s (UPOU) mandate as a public service institution. Through the years, UPOU has been involved in the improvement of the practice of open learning and distance education. UPOU explores and implements different pedagogies to reach more students and help improve education in the Philippines.

UPOU is an advocate of openness and adheres to the philosophy of Open Education. When the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was introduced in 2012, UPOU immediately explored this new technology and pedagogy. A series of MOOCs workshops and conversations were conducted to understand how MOOCs could target specific skill sets and social sectors.

Melinda Bandalaria

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) holds Research Conversations every Friday at the UPOU Sandbox, Los Baños, Laguna. The forum serves as a venue for research collaboration and discussion among UPOU stakeholders. For this year, starting January 2017, the research conversations have been focusing on the 12 flagship programs of UPOU which can be categorized under four key areas: Teaching, Learning and Research (Saliksik, InnovaTE, FLEx, and @ccessUP); Public Service (Mission RA 10650, openUP, UPOU Connected, and PLAZA); Governance (e-FA 3.0, CARe-UPOU, and TAYO); and Quality Assurance.


For more than two decades now, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) has been playing a pivotal role in widening access to quality education especially to sectors that are not normally reached by the conventional educational system. The UPOU is the pioneer and leading institution in open and distance learning (ODL) in the Philippines and the 5th Constituent Unit (CU) of the University of the Philippines (UP) System.