The PUP Open University System is located at the Main Campus in Sta. Mesa,
Manila of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the most populous
state university in the country.
The institution services the educational needs of those who could not be
regular students attending classroom-based instruction: those wishing
to return to school, shift and field workers, government and private
employees, undergraduates. Being a state institution, it offers low
tuition and a flexible system of education.
The PUP Open University System is an accredited member of the International
Council on Distance Education (ICDE) and the Asian Association for Open
Universities (AAOU). It has been recognized by UNESCO Asia Pacific
Region for Higher Education Knowledge Based on Open and Distance Learning in
Bangkok, Thailand since 2003.
The PUP OUS operates under the mandate of the
main PUP which reviews and approves every course it offers. Its own systems
and structures are based on the traditional systems but have been
reengineered to incorporate the philosophy of distance education. The PUP
OUS administrators have set high performance
standards for its staff, subject facilitators and students.
The school continues to develop its flexibility, innovation and
adaptability by implementing a program anchored on the results of
institutional research on various aspects of its operation:
instructions, learners, and context analyses, designing assessment
instruments, formative and summative evaluation of instruction.
Many enroll at the PUP OUS because of the
quality of interpersonal and professional relationships they establish with
their subject specialists and supportive and friendly OUS
staff. A regular staff development program serves as the
school's outreach and extension service to its mother university.
The school puts up regular publications: The PUP OU Journal, OU Reader,
Instructional Materials Series, List of Books in Open and
Distance Learning, List of Books and References in Education, Public
Administration, Communication, ICT, Entrepreneurship and other materials
about Distance Education and PUP OUS Programs.
PUP OUS students have full access to the
facilities of the mother university. They can avail themselves of
internet and research services at the PUP ICT Office.
An active PUP OUS Student Council and program organizations offer
opportunities for actual participation in student-initiated activities
covering their wide range of interests.
For potential and new students, the institution has a video presentation,
a PowerPoint presentation, a frequently asked question handout, brochures
and an orientation seminar to provide information to anyone interested to
know about the PUP OUS. The Registrar and the Student Services Office provide
comprehensive academic, career guidance, including other assistance like
referrals and counselling services. A monthly newsletter, the OU
Reader, informs the students and stakeholders of the various activities in
the institution and developments in the field of open and distance
The teaching materials used in the PUP OUS are predominantly printed.
These are modules, supplementary instructional materials (containing updated
information), course guides, guide questions, textbooks, handouts, and
The traditional PUP curriculum is also used in the school. This
indicates that the PUP OUS degree is comparable with those delivered in the
regular classroom-based education. More importantly, this also means
that the PUP OUS curriculum is a product of the collective efforts and
academic expertise of 2,000-strong educators in the main campus and has
passed the established curriculum development process.
Its materials development is also anchored on the initiative of the main
PUP. The university is currently busy working on its module writing
program which started in 2007. To jumpstart the program, it is the
which has taken a lead role in providing module writing seminars in
different colleges as well as providing assistance through publications of
module writing guidelines and format. In incorporating ICT in
its system, the PUP OUS coordinates with PUPICT Office in transforming
printed materials into various multi-media formats. The initial program to
be offered via the online mode is the Post Baccalaureate
Diploma in Information Technology.
It has put on line its own website, where basic information not only
about PUP OUS, but also the field of open and distance learning is given.
It has a download center and will soon feature e-mail, chat rooms and
The PUP OUS Institute of Open and Distance Education is known for its flexibility,
individualization and adoption of new information, technologies in course
development, production, delivery and student support. It is
characterized by its mode of teaching and learning process in which a
significant proportion of the teaching is conducted by someone removed in
space and/or time from the learner through specially designed materials and
methods using appropriate technologies, and supported by organizational and
administrative structures and arrangements. Students have to attend a
number of contact sessions where formal lecture, discussions and
face-to-face tests are conducted. These sessions are held on campus
and on-site at the designated PUP OUS Learning Centers based on the course
guide prepared and designed by the subject specialist.
In online sessions, the students are expected to read prescribed
references and supplemental materials and to submit required answer
conducted by someone removed in space and/or time from the learner through
specially designed materials and methods using appropriate technologies, and
supported by organizational and administrative structures and arrangements.
Students have to attend number of contact sessions where formal lecture,
discussions and face-to-face tests are conducted. These sessions are
held on campus and on-site at the designated PUP OUS Learning Centers based
on the course guide prepared and designated by the subject specialist.
In online sessions, the students are expected to read prescribed references
and supplemental materials and to submit required answers to the modules or
guide questions and other research works via information and communication
technology driven modes.
Another distinguishing feature of PUP OUS is the requirement for the
students to engage in research and produce written works. This trains
the students to obtain information, distill it and apply their analytical
and critical skills.
Every semester, a lecture-forum is conducted with invited speakers who
are distinguished professionals / experts in their field. The forum
updates students on new developments in their area of study, complement
theories learned in books and learn how these are applied into practice.
They are encouraged to raise questions, dialogue and exchange ideas during
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