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The MOOC on Inter-Local Cooperation was developed by FMDS in partnership with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) – Decentralization Program. Offering MOOCs is in line with UPOU’s  mission to provide wider access to quality higher education.


MOOCS on Inter-Local Cooperation is specifically designed to further improve and enhance the capacity of Local Government Units (LGUs) to coordinate and work with other LGUs in achieving a common goal.  At the end of the course, it is expected that the participants will have a better understanding and appreciation on the importance of Inter-Local Cooperation among LGUs.


The course comprised four (4) modules, namely: Introduction to Inter-Local Cooperation; Legal Ingredients; Institutional Ingredients; and Financial Ingredients.  


In Module 1, the background on ILC, its legal bases and the critical ingredients to sustain it will be explained to the participants.  A diagnostic tool will enable the participants to identify the missing critical ingredient in their ILC. The module 1 will be held on June 1-27, 2015.


Module 2 will identify the legal bases of ILC. Participants will learn how to prepare a memo of agreement, a legal basis for ILC. They will also understand how to use joint resolutions in ratifying agreements and decisions. Harmonizing policies among LGUs and other legal instruments to build and sustain alliances will also be discussed in this module, that will be held on July 6-32, 2015.


In Module 3, participants will learn the different steps in forming and formalizing an alliance, understand the various models of existing alliances and select which is most appropriate for them, and make sure the Local Chief Executives are actively involved  so that the alliance may be sustained.  They will also learn to make Manual of Operations. Module 3 will be held on August 3-28, 2015.


Module 4 will be held from September 7 to October 2, 2015. Participants will be taught how to look for ways to sustain the alliance financially.


Local government units, non-government organizations that collaborate with LGUs as well as individuals and groups working with government service are invited to attend these ILC modules.

Dr. Herwig Mayer is  the course writer. Thehe first MOOC of FMDS, it was launched last 19 March 2015, 2:00 pm at the  Audio Visual Room, ICTO bldg (formerly NCC bldg), CP Garcia ave, Diliman, Quezon City.



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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