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UPOU Chancellor in Indonesia for Research Collaboration and MOOCs Initiatives

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of the UP Open University (UPOU), visited Indonesia this August to discuss collaborative researches and MOOCs initiatives with ASEAN universities.

Universitas Terbuka Indonesia (UT) invited Chancellor Bandalaria to the OU5 (Open Universities 5) Meeting held at Bali, Indonesia on 3-5 August 2016. The meeting was attended by the presidents and heads of the OU5 member universities namely, University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), the Open University Malaysia (OUM), the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU), the Universitas Terbuka (UT) and the Hanoi Open University (HOU). It was held to promote collaborative efforts regarding the collaborative institutional researches and ASEAN Studies researches including the discussion of the progress of researches for the year 2016.

The meeting was also a venue for each research team to report updates on respective assignments, recalibrate schedules of activities and address different issues encountered. Currently, UPOU is the lead university in this research collaboration and is the over-all in-charge of the Special Issue of the ASEAN Journal of Distance Learning (AJODL).


OU5 started only with three Open Universities, UPOU, OUM and STOU, collaborating efforts to share knowledge, ideas and experiences in Open and Distance Learning, which resulted to the ASEAN Journal of Open and Distance Learning (AJODL). In 2015, HOU and UT joined the group. At the OU5 meeting, a memorandum of agreement with Yangon University of Distance Education was signed to include them in the research collaboration.


On 5-6 August 2016, the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) invited Dr. Bandalaria to attend the Asian Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Steering Committee Meeting and the “Symposium on MOOCs and Higher Education in Asia” organized by UT in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Bandalaria was invited to the symposium to be one of the speakers on “MOOCs and Asia’s Education Development.”

At the Asian MOOCs Steering Committee meeting, the discussion included the review of the Asian MOOCs website, developing the draft of the Asian MOOCs governance, the draft of the QA and the draft of membership, partnership and collaboration. Dr. Bandalaria chaired the discussion about the QA framework, credit transfer for recognition, license and copyrights, certificates and badges, data protection and meta data repository.


The Asian MOOCs (www.asianmoocs.org) is an initiative of the AAOU to populate open education and use open education resources in Asia. It also serves as a hub for the MOOCs offered by AAOU members. The Asian MOOCs will be officially launched at the 30th AAOU Conference on 26-29 October 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galeria, Manila, Philippines, where UPOU is serving as host university. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)