Trashcan of Thought

My name is Al and for the past seven years, I have been working as an assistant professor for the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS) in the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). In nearly the same span of time, I have also acted as an IT manager and now currently carry the official title of Director for UPOU’s ICT Development Office. From 2007 to 2014, I chaired the Diploma in Computer Science program and reassigned the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies program immediately thereafter.

Visa Application: United Kingdom

As I write this, I still may or may not make this trip to London which I had been thinking about for the past month. But it didn't stop me from applying for a visa despite the cost, anyway. Applying for a visa is always a stressful undertaking for me, as it may be for…

No longer just for adult learners

The degree programs of UPOU, or at least most of them, were designed and developed with the adult learner in mind. It made sense since most of what we have are graduate degree programs catering to working students. And then came the Associate in Arts program, then Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies, and then…

Augmenting the UPOU LMS

Since 2007, the UP Open University (UPOU) has used Moodle, an open source course management system. While the application has allowed the university to deploy all its courses online, Moodle still presents limitations. The compartmentalized nature of courses within the system inhibits the sharing of learning objects and resources across users. Furthermore, while it does…

UPOU Community Site

This is a pet project which I planned at the start of my career in UPOU. It is supposed to be a content-driven website ideally comprising of faculty, staff, students and alumni posting articles and blogs whose topics, as well as participating in an online forum whose topics don't exactly fit in the official UPOU…