The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) is giving free access to its online Bridge English and Bridge Mathematics courses for senior high school (SHS) students, college freshmen, and anyone who wants to enroll.
Ever since the coronavirus disease pandemic that required social distancing and community quarantines discontinued face-to-face classroom education since mid-March, both students and teachers had to quickly transition into distance learning and teaching modes. Some delays in lessons were consequently experienced due to the adjustment period.
Supplementary learning may be ideal due to the already difficult learning transition of SHS to college and the situation due to COVID-19. This is where the bridge program comes in handy. Bridge programs are taken to prepare for college, and UPOU is offering them online for free.
The program UPOU Bridge is a joint project between the UPOU Faculty of Education and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod. UPOU is one of the trailblazers in online teaching and learning in the Philippines- the first to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
UPOU’s courses are tailored to different learning styles and have various courses for teachers and students alike. Some of their courses include Business Analytics, Sustainable Development, and Introduction to Technology for Teaching and Learning.
The bridge program and the aforementioned courses can be found on their Massive Open Distance e-Learning (MODeL) website. It is powered by Moodle, an open learning platform with personalized learning environments for educators and learners. MODeL can also be accessed through a phone, with instructions on the website section “Access our courses through your phones”.
The biggest advantage of online courses is the ability to take them according to your own pace. This is great for those who are also taking other classes while the bridge program is ongoing. These factors are all part of UPOU’s goal of removing learning barriers to grant easier access to education.
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