UP Open University

FICS Welcomes New Students

The UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS) organized a student orientation on 3 September 2016 at CCDL, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna. It was attended by new students from the different programs of FICS – Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (BAMS), Diploma in Computer Science (DCS), Master of Development Communication (MDC), Master of Information Systems (MIS), and Doctor of Communication (DComm).

Dr. Alexander Flor, Dean of FICS, welcomed the students, expressing his excitement to meet the students face to face. According to him, UPOU students rarely meet their faculties-in-charge (FICs). The next chance that they might be able to meet them will be during their graduation or never at all. He took the opportunity to introduce all the faculty members to the new students.

In his message, he gave an overview of what the students will be experiencing in this adventure that will lead to a new milestone – obtaining another degree. He explained the need to learn using MyPortal, UPOU’s Learning Management System, to be ready with the UPOU’s digital world of learning.


Asst. Prof. Roberto Figueroa presented the different tools that can be used in online learning, and how these will help develop the 21st century skills. These skills, according to him, were communication, critical thinking and collaboration. The research tools, on the other hand, were discussed by Ms. Jennifer Belen, the UPOU Librarian.

Asst. Prof. Joyce Manalo and Asst. Prof. Al Francis Librero, likewise, discussed the teachers’ expectations from the students and how to be an open and distance learner. Both discussed the netiquettes of being an online learner and how students can make themselves look good in the internet and classroom. Asst. Prof. Librero gave a description of what transpires in an online classroom based on the perspective of the faculty. Their presentation were supported by inspirational talks of invited UPOU alumni members, Dennise Allan F. Castro and Jerry D. Donato. The two alumni shared their experiences as students. They gave tips on how to survive in an online learning environment, saying that students have their own role and responsibilities. Castro and Donato shared that as UPOU students, they are not only receivers of learning but are also co-creators of knowledge.  Castro is a BAMS and MDC graduate, while Donato is a graduate of the Diploma in Language and Literacy Education (DLLE ) before completing the MDC program.


The Registrar, Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao, and Ms. Fe Secreto from the Office of the University Registrar, were also present to inform the students about the academic and administrative policies. (ESPManipol)