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A Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC (/mo͞ok/),  is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

The term was coined by Dave Cormier (University of Prince Edward Island) in 2008 for a course that was offered in the University of Manitoba.  Twenty five (25)   tuition-paying students enrolled in Extended Education at the University of Manitoba,   and 2, 300 students (that enrolled free of charge)  availed of the “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” course.   

MOOCS’ features:

  • Massiveness - MOOCs can easily accommodate large numbers of students.

  • Openness - involves several key concepts: software, registration, curriculum, and assessment; communication including interaction, collaboration, and sharing; and learning environments (Rodriguez, 2012).

  • Connectivism -MOOCs offer an emerging online teaching methodology inspired by a  connectivist philosophy. Connectivism values autonomy, diversity, openness, and interactivity (Rodriguez, 2012).

MOOC’s offers 3 advantages, namely:

  • Accessibility  - MOOCs, typically low cost or free, creates irresistible appeal for recruiting potential participants.  The online format of MOOCs offers access and flexibility;  and it eliminates the need for prerequisites.

  • Student Engagement - MOOCs are designed to enhance student engagement.  Improving student outcomes is one of its  primary goals.

  • Lifelong Learning Experiences - MOOCs allow participants to pursue a particular interest or to continue their professional development.  Beyond MOOCs conventional lifelong learning experiences, educational opportunities exist for underprivileged populations as a way to encourage lifelong learning.

However, an organization using  MOOCs have to face 3 challenges. These are :

  • Individual Instruction - It is a challenge for instructors to engage students, maintain their interest in the course, and tailor the learning environment to fit the need of each student.

  • Student Performance Assessment - How to validate original work to prevent or detect plagiarism is one of the widely discussed challenges in online education (Cooper & Sahami, 2013).

  • Long-Term Administration and Oversight - People  on the front lines of MOOC development and implementation warn that the costs to institutions can be significant, even if it is open and free to participants. Some institutions have rejected the MOOC concept not because of resources, financial or human, but because of philosophical differences citing that MOOCs are contradictory to the overarching institutional mission.

UP Open University offers a number of MOOCs.   MODEL is the official MOOC platform of UP Open University.




The Faculty of Management and Development Studies, of UP Open University, also  offers MOOCs. Its first MOOCS on Inter-Local Cooperation (MOOCS on ILC) was launched in March 19, 2015. The first module of  its MOOCs on Inter-Local Cooperation Course opened last June 1, 2015.


List of MOOCs offered by UP Open University




Chen, X., Barnett, D. R., & Stephens, C. (2013). Fad or future: The advantages and challenges of massive open online courses (MOOCs). In Research-to Practice Conference in Adult and Higher Education (pp. 20-21).


Wiley, D. (2013). The Original MOOCs. Retrieved May 1, 2015, from



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This is a gentle reminder for DMSW Comprehensive exam takers who finished all 39 units (MSW) and 33 units (DSW) last 1st semester AY 2018-2019. You should be enrolled for residency this 2nd semester before taking the exam on May 6, 8, and 10, 2019.

Please get in touch with the Program Chair as soon as possible or before May 1, 2019.

 FMDS Comprehensive Examination Dates (2nd semester 2018-2019)

Diploma in Social Work

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  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (May 8, 2019)

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  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (May 8, 2019)
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Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (July 16, 2019)
  • Methodology (July 18, 2019)

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  • General Field (May 29 , 2019)
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  • General Field (May 28, 2019)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (May 30, 2019)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (June 1, 2019)

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