TRANSNATIONAL PROGRAMS

CENTER FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION

Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines



MISSION


                    The mission of Central Philippine University is to carry out a program of spiritual, intellectual, moral, scientific, technological, and cultural training, and allied studies under influences which strengthen Christian faith, build up character and promote scholarship, research and community service.



VISION


                    A University committed to Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) and responsive to the needs of the total person and the world.



DISTANCE EDUCATION


                    Central Philippine University's Distance Education is a method of educational delivery wherein the lesson facilitator or the teacher (tutor) and the student or the learner (tutees) are separated in terms of space and time, and instruction is delivered through especially designed platform using materials and methods that facilitate distance learning. This organizational unit is supported by organizational and administrative structures and arrangements. CPU's distance education may utilize various types and combinations of print and non-print learning methods. Synchronous and asynchronous discussion groups are approaches to introduce and discuss the topics.




POLICY STATEMENT


                     Central Philippine University is committed to providing students from diverse backgrounds with high quality distance education opportunities that are consistent with Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL). With CHED CMO No. 27, Series of 2005 (Policies and Guidelines on Distance Education) as its national framework, CPU Distance Education adheres and strictly observes the guidelines as set by the government. Only degree programs with Level III accreditation can be offered in the Distance Education platform.



DEFINITION OF TERMS


Asynchronous Instruction

Learning is facilitated through activities that do not require teachers and students to be involved at the same time. Instructional activities are given to the students as tasks to be accomplished at a given period in time.


Synchronous Instruction

Learning is facilitated through activities that require the online presence of each other regardless of time zones and locations. Instructional activities are conducted through online discussions that require exchanges of ideas among students. Thus, the teacher is able to gauge or measure the capability of students to engage in intellectual discourses.


Course Delivery

CPUs Distance Education is to be delivered one hundred (100) percent online. However, face-to-face engagements may be considered under situations that require hands-on delivery of instruction because the courses are both content and skills courses. There are skills which cannot be simulated online and thus require physical interaction. The theories and content part can be done online.


Course Design Template

A university approved template with common components, criteria, and guidelines that faculty can adapt to their needs and requirements.


Course Evaluation Rubric

A set of standards used to determine the quality of an online course.


Course Instructional Design

Instructional design refers to the identified learning needs in the curriculum of the program and the systematic approach to facilitating an online course in a manner that promotes the transfer of knowledge and skills to the learners. The instructional design also shows the strategies to be used by the teacher in order to adapt to varied learning styles, and preferences. These include the following: statement of goals and learning objectives, design of learning activities, and evaluation of course and student performance.


Course Syllabus Template

A university approved template in a pre-set format utilized by faculty in the development of syllabi for all online courses




GENERAL GUIDELINES


I. CURRICULUM

           A. Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counselling

           B. Master in Business Administration

           C. Master of Arts in Nursing


II. DISTANCE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

           A. Composition - The Distance Education Committee shall be composed by the Deans of the Programs as members, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies as Vice-Chairman, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs as Chairman.

           B. Functions - The Distance Education Committee shall act as a body that will decide on policies, regulation, and on all matters pertaining to academic processes. They shall decide on qualification for admission, as all other matters related to the academic life of students in the Distance Education Program.


III. QUALIFICATION OF FACULTY

          Faculty with Master's Degree and Doctor's Degree may be allowed to teach in the Distance Education Program. A faculty's expertise and skill to adapt to the technology being used in the Distance education Program shall be considered in the selection of faculty to teach in the programs.




POLICIES


I. Number of Students - There will be a maximum of fifteen students per class


II. Enrolment and Admission

A. Admission Requirements and Policies

Applicants in the Distance Education Program must take two examinations before admission.

1. Paper and Pencil - to be given at the Center for Distance Education (CPU Campus) or through an online examination

2. Face to face or online interview


B. Enrolment

Enrolment Flow

1. Students abroad or outside Iloilo sends application documents

2. The Office of the Registrar informs the student through a scanned assessment sent through email

3. Payment through the bank

4. Submission of scanned deposit slip

The student shall submit all documents or educational credentials as required for admission. He/she shall scan these documents and submit to the portal of the CPU Distance Education website.

The Office of the Registrar shall notify the applicant of his/her admission, or whether additional documents are needed to proceed to enrolment.

Once accepted, the applicant shall be given a password to access the online enrolment site.

*Note: Instructions as to payment and other procedure to complete the enrolment process are found at the same portal.

A student shall enrol all courses required in a particular semester.

English proficiency certificate shall be required from students who come from non-English speaking countries


C. Bridging Program - no explanation yet


III. Program Duration

1. A student is expected to complete the program in three years, including thesis writing and completion. If additional time is required, and there is reasonable certainty that the student will complete the program, the student may apply for a Program Extension.

*Note: Extensions are granted for up to one year. During the time of extension, the student is required to pay the Program Extension Fee. The decision to approve a Program Extension shall be made by the Distance Education Committee.

2. A course is expected to be completed in the same semester when it was enrolled. In case of INC grade, a student is given a period of one year within which to remove the INC mark.


IV. Program Deferral (Leave of Absence)

No explanation yet


V. Instruction

►  Online Meetings

A. Synchronous meetings - follows Philippine time regardless of differences in timezones where the students are located.

►   Synchronous= 5 meetings, 3 hours per meeting

►   A student shall be required to be present in all synchronous engagements with the teacher, unless a valid reason is presented, or a previous understanding with the teacher shall have been made.

† Two absences in Synchronous Meetings= dropped, unless a valid reason is presented

B. Asynchronous- students do readings, and submit requirements as stipulated in the course plan


VI. Thesis Writing


VII. Grading System


VIII. Student Support