On Distance Education for Tertiary Level

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On Distance Education for Tertiary Level

Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture
June 4, 2014

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

I rise today once again to sponsor a measure that aims to widen access to quality higher education. Committee Report No. 46 seeks to democratize access to quality education at tertiary levels through the appropriate and efficient implementation of distance education.

Distance education pertains to a mode of delivering education and instruction, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a classroom.[1] Teacher and learner are separated in time and space, and instruction is delivered through specially designed materials and methods using appropriate technologies and supported by organizational and administrative structures and arrangements.[2]

Students can take their classes by virtue of the internet and with the use of information and communications technology, and other approaches, such as but not limited to the following: print formats, audio-visual approaches, electronic or computer technology and virtual classrooms, face-to-face sessions.

Under this measure, education can be accessed from anywhere. Thus, students will be able to advance their studies, earn graduate and post-graduate degrees, and post-secondary certificates in non-degree programs, despite teacher and learner being separated by distance and/or time. This program may be utilized by working students, or Overseas Filipino Workers, seeking to further their education.

The UP Open University pioneers the study and practice of open learning and distance education in the country. They will collaborate and provide support for this program for both higher education degree programs and technical vocational programs.

Under this measure, distance education at the tertiary level will be institutionalized such that it can be at par with existing standards and comparable to formal education systems. As such, more Filipinos will have access to quality education and employment.

[1] Honeyman, M. & Miller, G. (December 1993). “Agriculture distance education: A valid alternative for higher education?”. Proceedings of the 20th Annual National Agricultural Education Research Meeting: 67-73. as cited in Wikipedia.org

[2] 2009 CHED Annual Report. The Philippines: A Hub for Higher Education and Training in the Asia Pacific.

Related links: Committee Report No.46

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