I am officially a Distance Education Learner :]

May 26th, 2010 by Dianne Peña

Few months ago, I have been waiting for the approval of my MAN (Master of Arts in Nursing) application at University of the Philippines Open University… And finally, I got my most awaited letter containing this:

A lot of people may not know about University of the Philippines Open University and may think of it as a “fly by night” University of the Philippines school but it definitely ISN’T.

UP Open University is a National Center of Excellence in Open Learning and Distance Education that offers education opportunities to individuals aspiring for higher education and improved qualifications to for Filipinos who are unable to take advantage of traditional modes of education. In fact, my mum and brother is a UPOU graduate. For more information, click here.

Distance Education means you can learn at your own pace. You have to be disciplined in reading your modules, participating in online discussions and doing your assignment. I don’t expect it to be easy but then, thinking of what it will bring to my career after finishing this degree definitely inspired me a lot. On the bright side, I now have a reason to extend my online hours… JK. :]

Enrolling and receiving my 2.5 thick modules and having to maintain a GWA (General Weighted Average) of 2.0 brought me to a tachycardic state but I a person of determination. I won’t turn back. This is it!

This is a big step for my nursing career and I hope I can make it out ALIVE. Haha!

—Student Mode [ON] —

I tore my module just so I can read the chapters when I am on duty.
I don’t want to carry those big books at work :]

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9 Responses to “I am officially a Distance Education Learner :]”

  1. Kelly Says:

    HI! May I ask as to the maintaining grades for UPOU Graduate Studies. Thanks!

  2. Dianne Peña Says:

    @Kelly- Hi! What course are you taking? For Master of Arts in Nursing, we need to maintain 2.0 for every subject.

  3. Adrian Says:

    Hi Dianne!

    I also want to be a student of UPOU. I already have a copy of the app forms and will accomplish the remaining requirements tomorrow. I wonder what kind of questions will I encounter as I take the UgAT (Undergraduate Admission Test). I want to be prepared for it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  4. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi Adrian, unfortunately, i dont know anything about UgAT, since I am currently taking a post grad course, However, you might want to check http://www.distanceeducationblog.com.

  5. ruth Says:

    hi. can i ask if there’s an admission exam for MAN course and when is the first sem? when i tried to register for MAN, they ask for my student number and password, how can i get that? i want to be a UPOU student too while im working!! :))

  6. Dianne Peña Says:

    @ruth, Hi! The admission at UPOU is every 1st semester (June). You can visit http://www.upou.edu.ph for more details.

  7. Van Says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m planning to enroll next year. But this time on different field. I thought its expensive to enroll at distance learning, I started my Masters degree last January 2012 at DLSU-Manila. And it cost around 14k for 6 units (miscellaneous included), that’s why I wasn’t able to continue for the next term due to financial and schedule conflicts. Now that I have my new job I’m looking forward to enroll soon at UPOU. Thank you so much!

  8. joeana Says:

    Hi. Just wanna wask, how many years would it take for u to finish MAN?the minimum and max duration? How much did you pay for it? Thanks

  9. dhana Says:

    any update? did u finished ur MAN now? thanks!

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