About

portraitMy 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 am 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. Recently, I was reassigned to the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies program and this is where I am now.

I consider myself as a generalist deeply interested in bridging ecology, information and communication technology, agriculture and community building. So far, I have earned degrees in in Agriculture, Computer Science and Environmental Science at UP Los Baños. This was a long time to be a full-time student. Thankfully, I took on odd things to do here and there, to lessen the time wasted and earn a little money. The longest connection I maintained was with PinoyPC, a Filipino online community of technology enthusiasts. In addition to being a member and administrator in the forums, I served as a writer and editor of online articles, back when we were active at it.

When work is out of the way, I moonlight as an amateur photographer, a musician, and yes, even a new media artist. I have been a computer gamer since I was six years old. While my time with high school and college athletics are long behind me, I remain fascinated with sports. On the other hand, when does work get out of the way?

 

AL FRANCIS D. LIBRERO, MSc

Employment:

University of the Philippines Open University

Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
Assistant Professor (2007-Present)
Program Chair, Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (2013-Present)
Program Chair, Diploma in Computer Science (2008-2013)

Management Information Systems Office
Program Development Associate (2007-2013)

Information and Communication Technology Development Office
Director (2013-Present)

 

Degrees Earned:

University of the Philippines Los Baños

School of Environmental Science and Management
Master of Science in Environmental Science (2007)

College of Arts and Sciences
Diploma in Computer Science (2001)

College of Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Major in Animal Science (1998)

 

Research and Creative Work:

Research Projects:

ePortfolios in the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies Program
Project Lead (July 2014)

Game Readiness in the University of the Philippines Open University
Project Lead (September 2012)

Building a Sense of Community at the UP Open University Community Site
Project Co-Lead (July 2010)

Developing a Model of ICT Complementation for Effective and Efficient Implementation of Skills Courses in the BAMS Program

Project Lead (June 2010)

 

Published Work:

Librero, A.F.D. (2010). Implementing an online photography course at the UP Open University: converging ICTs to enhance student learning outcomes and achievements. Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, 104-112, 5(2), September 2010.

Librero, A.F.D. (2012). Augmenting the Learning Management System of the University of the Philippines Open University. Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, 7(1), September 2012.

 

Presentations in Scientific Conferences:

International Conference on Electronic Media 2014 (Eger, Hungary, 2014)
Paper: Benefits and challenges of learning in a virtual world: the UPOU setting

2nd International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (Manila, Philippines, 2014)
Paper: Benefits and challenges of learning in a virtual world: the UPOU setting
Award: 2nd Place, Best Paper Award

International Conference on Electronic Media 2013 (Singapore, 2013)
Paper: Online Learning with Games: The UPOU Setting

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Chiba, Japan, 2012)
Paper: Game Readiness in the UP Open University

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Penang, Malaysia, 2011)

Paper: Augmenting the Learning Management System of the UP Open University
Award: Silver Medal, Young Innovator’s Award

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Penang, Malaysia, 2011)
Paper: Biomodd: A Case Study In Combining Online Learning With On-Site New Media Art Practice

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Hanoi, Vietnam, 2010)
Paper: Implementing an online photography course at the UP Open University: converging ICTs to enhance student learning outcomes and achievements.

 

Participation in Trainings, Seminars, Workshops and Conferences:

University of the Philippines Academic Leadership Conference 2015 (Tagaytay City, Philippines, March 2015)

International Conference on Electronic Media 2014 (Eger, Hungary, October 2014)

2nd International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (ICODeL) (Manila, Philippines, June 2014)

e-Learn 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (October 2013)

International Conference on Electronic Media 2013 (Singapore, October 2013)

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Chiba, Japan, 2012)

1st International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (ICODeL) (Manila, Philippines, 2012)

FoAM Residency (Brussels, Belgium, October 2011)

Biomodd[TUDelft3] (Delft, The Netherlands, 2011)

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Penang, Malaysia, 2011)

Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (Hanoi, Vietnam, 2010)

Manifold Training (Geographic Information System software) (Commission on Information and Communication Technology Building, UP Open University, July 2010).

First National Valuation Congress (Hyatt Regency Hotel, Manila, Philippines, June 2010)

LAMP2 Immersion Visit and Training (Queensland, Australia, 2009)

 

Authorship of Scholarly/Creative Work for Public Consumption:

UPOU ePortfolios System
http://eportfolios.upou.edu.ph
Project Lead (2014 to present)

Biomodd[TUDeft3]
http://www.biomodd.net
Member (2011)

[C]Biomodd
http://www.biomodd.net
Project Lead (2010)

Biomodd[LBA2]
http://www.biomodd.net
On-site coordinator (2009)

UPOU Community Site
http://www.upoucommunity.net
Project Lead (2008-2011)