UP Open University

Research Profile

UPOU views research as essential to its function as a university. The University looks at research as a means to enhance its teaching function, create new knowledge, and contribute to addressing societal problems. The University has made available a number of grants to support the research activities of faculty and staff members, including the dissemination of research results.


UPOU conducts research in distance education (DE) and the disciplines it currently offers. Since its establishment, the University has spearheaded research in open and distance learning in the country. Its research in this area has been diverse, covering the following topics:

  • DE learner profile
  • DE learning syles
  • DE learner performance
  • online teaching and learning
  • virtual learning environments
  • computer-mediated collaborative learning
  • gender and distance education
  • pedagogical approaches in distance education
  • DE program evaluation
  • Management of DE


In addition, the University has also pursued research in the the following disciplines:

  • education
  • information and communication technology
  • multimedia
  • communication
  • organization and management
  • public policy
  • environment
  • health
  • development studies

Many of these discipline-based studies have been externally funded.


Each Faculty of Studies has also crafted its own research program to prioritize its research activities. For inquiries about the Faculties' research thrusts, visit the websites of the Faculties of Studies.



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