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DOUS participate in AAOU 30th Annual Conference

Some DOUS faculty recently participated in the 30th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) in Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria on Oct. 26 to 29. Dr. Ophelia Cardenas, Director of the DOUS, led the group of participants composed of Dr. Luzviminda Salamanca, Head of Instruction, Prof. Priscilla Abellera, Head of Research, and Ms. Ces Myra Mabalot, Head of Quality Assurance. With the theme, “Open Education in Asia: Changing Perspectives”, the conference was participated in by various administrators, faculty members, researchers, and staff of different open universities throughout Asia. Open education, according to Tony Bates, refers to Education for All or EFA, which meant providing universal primary education for all. In addition to opening access to courses and programmes, open education now includes open educational resources (OER), open access research, open textbooks, and open data.

Experts in open and distance e-learning from various parts of the globe discussed various topics on learning analytics, open publishing, massive open online courses or MOOCS, digital learning, and various issues and topics under open education. In parallel paper presentations, the DOUS faculty members were further exposed to the best practices of open universities and institutions and the use of technology in distance education, aside from having the chance to network with other participants. The upcoming president of the AAOU, Dr. Melinda Bandalaria, Chancellor of UP Open University, announced that the next AAOU Annual Conference would be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on September 2017. As an associate member of the AAOU, DOUS would be represented in the upcoming conference.