One of my Daily Affirmations these days is this: “I AM GOING TO GRADUATE NEXT YEAR – 2012)!” So my blog post today is related to that. This is my way of giving back to my school – and my beautiful aunt – who has helped me this past couple of years. This is how much I believe in the Distance Learning Program of the University of Antique (UA).
Another reason for this blog post is because I’ve had a lot of people contact me (via email and the contact page of this blog) about how it’s like to study in the distance learning program. And also because of an old blog post I wrote 2 years ago about a popular college that offers distance education which I shall not name. Not all distance learning programs are created equal. There are some common barriers to learning in distance education that can make a distance learning program unsuccessful. It’s important to know some of the basic advantages and disadvantages of using distance learning for college education. So how does the University of Antique Distance Learning Program stack up? Here are the things you need to know:
So here are the things you need to know about the University of Antique’s Distance Learning Program.
What is Distance Learning/Distance Education?
Distance Learning is characterized by physical separation between the student and the teacher. The student completes his course by means of prepared modules which are provided by the start of the class. Aside from modules, the teacher may also provide instruction through the use of cassette tapes and other technical media.
The student enrolls at a particular subject and receives modules, which he has to work on for the semester/trimester. The teacher and the student meet once/twice a month and the student is left to work on his own independently. The once or twice sessions/meetings serve as an opportunity for student and teacher to interact. A student may clarify from the teacher some issues/concerns regarding the lessons presented in the modules wherein the student submits his assignments/outputs to the teacher. Examinations are also given during these sessions.
What are the features of Distance Learning/Education?
- Students study on their own time and place.
- Requires interdependent self-learning style on the part of the student.
- Face to face sessions, counseling, and tutorials are provided for at the learning center. (UA)
- Technical media-print, audio, video, or computer programs comprise the learning packages.
What is the role of UA in the offering of the Distance Learning Education Program?
UA serves as the learning center. A learning center is a place where the distance education student may register and pay their fees, get their materials or transact any business with. It is also where the students come together for study sessions.
Who takes care of the learning center?
The learning center is run by the Director of Distance Education Program under the immediate supervision of the College President.
Who handles the writing/preparation of the modules for each course?
The modules are prepared by a team of writers who consolidate their ideas together to come up with comprehensive and up-to-date modules. Professors who are experts in their fields are tasked to write the modules.
Who handles the offered subjects?
The subjects are handled by professors who are called “tutors”. The subject professor may either be one of the members of the team of writers or any professor/instructor who is competent to handle the subject.
What are study sessions?
Study sessions are similar to class meetings. They are held once or twice a month. The sessions are usually scheduled by the director of the program. The students report to the learning center to attend study sessions during which they interact with each other, raise questions regarding issues in the modules assigned for them to study, and seek clarification on points they find difficult to comprehend.
Study sessions may also serve as time for the tutors to retrieve/distribute students’ assignments, administer examinations and check on their requirements/deficiencies.
Are there examinations given to the students? How often are they given?
Yes. Examinations are given 2 to 4 times each trimester exclusive of prelim and final exam. They are usually given at a designated date at the Learning Center, which is UA.
How are students graded?
A student’s grades are based on the following criteria:
- Assignment (usually given before meeting)….40%
- Attendance in the study sessions………………….10%
- Prelim/Final Exams/Quizzes………………………….50% = 100%
Who may enroll in the Distance Learning Program?
For BS Degrees:
a) High School Graduate
b) Working professionals who have not finished a 4-year course.
c) Graduates of other courses regardless of status in life.
What are the requirements for enrolment?
For High School Graduates:
a) Form 138-A or Report Card (Orig. & Photocopy)
b) Certificate of Good Moral Character
c) 2 pcs. Long size folders
d) 3 pcs. ID picture (2”x2”)
e) 2 fasteners
For College Undergraduates:
a) Transcript of Records (Orig. & Photocopy)
b) 2 pcs. Long size folders
c) 3 pcs. ID picture (1”x1”)
d) 2 fasteners
e) Honorable Dismissal
Note: Students may be enrolled temporarily upon presentation of Transcript of Records, photocopy.
What fees are paid in the program?
Tuition Fee -150/unit
Module Fee -300/subject
Miscellaneous Fee -500/trimester
How many units can a student take in every trimester?
A student has a regular load of 17 units every trimester, with meetings lasting to 1 ½ hours per subject.
How many years will it take to finish the course?
The course is programmed to be finished after a period of three years. The subject offerings have undergone thorough evaluation by the Curriculum Director various area chairmen, and approved by the Board of Trustees of UA.
How are trimesters scheduled?
First Trimester -April to July
Second Trimester -August to November
Third Trimester -December to March
Note: Open admission. Students may be admitted every trimester.
For more details regarding the program, please see or call:
Mrs. Jocelyn Morales
Director, Distance Learning
University of Antique
Tel. No: 036-543-8161