Physical or social distancing have been buzzwords since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out more than a month ago. Traditional classes have been suspended. Work has been reduced to skeleton forces and confined to industries of basic goods and services.
Being the only virtual constituent university in the UP System, the UP Open University (UPOU) has more experience in physical distancing in education delivery. And as the leading open and distance e-learning (ODeL) institution in the country, its expertise has been widely acknowledged.
Faced with the possibility of distance education complementing the usual classroom setup and continued work-from-home arrangements because of this pandemic, UPOU has put together a web page where people can read, watch, and listen to curated materials on teaching, learning, and working remotely.
UPOU Networks is the repository of all UPOU-produced materials.
UPOU MODeL is platform for all its massive open online courses.
Open UP Connect is the official blog of UPOU, where faculty, staff, and students share their expertise and experiences.
The UPOU YouTube channel has video lectures on various subjects.
For its faculty members, UPOU has the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services microsite, which aims to assist in the development of modules and in teaching in the ODeL environment.
Whether or not remote teaching, learning, and working become the new normal because of COVID-19, UPOU is sharing its resources to help people prepare. Just in case.