DOT-Uni Reaches the Silver Milestone, Features Timeline Exhibit and Colloquium

The Central Luzon State University - Distance, Open, and Transnational University (CLSU DOT-Uni) reaches another milestone as it celebrates its silver anniversary with the theme: “The Digital University and the Future of Higher Education in the Philippines and Beyond” on August 29, 2022. National Heroes’ Day falls on August 29, a public holiday, when the Central Luzon State University Open University (CLSU-OU) was formally created through CLSU Board of Regents Resolution No. 50-97. CLSU-OU was rebranded as CLSU DOT-Uni under Board Resolution 16-2018, with the inclusion of transnational as its new facet. Hence, the anniversary was commemorated the next day, August 30, featuring two major events: the DOT-Uni Exhibit and the Curricular Program Colloquium. The DOT-Uni Exhibit sheds light on CLSU Open University’s progressive milestones through its rich historical timeline. DOTUni Dean Dr. Elaida R. Fiegalan in cooperation with Mr. Joey Fernando and Ms. Ma. Celia M. Fernando as exhibition chairpersons who worked with the Anniversary Production Team and the DOTUni Staff, showcases “the Horizon 2030” – an aspiration of DOTUni to accomplish a future-ready learning ecosystem, accreditation of degree programs, more expansive network and stronger linkages, adoption of 5Cs in digital curation of multimedia learning materials, the embodiment of life-long learning, and responsive curriculum. On the otherhand, the Curricular Program Colloquium has a two-fold purpose: to become an avenue presenting curriculum program information of different degree programs and to provide an opportunity to engage with an external evaluator – outsourcing to achieve a good mix of program knowledge in creating local lesson recipes. The Curricular Program Colloquium features the presentation of the ongoing evaluation of the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) and Program Outcomes (POs) by the DOT-Uni Instructional Materials Review Committee, which is part of the rigid monitoring required for Open and Distance Learning (ODL).

The Instructional Materials Review Committee is spearheaded by the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) focal person Dr. Emil F. Ubaldo, in collaboration with the DOT-Uni Dean Dr. Elaida R. Fiegalan, College of Education Dean Dr. Regidor G. Gaboy, Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics Dr. Joel M. Torres, Associate Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Leslie Anne L. Liwanag, and Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics Dr. Joan C. Ravago. The said committee targets to finalize curriculum program information to produce high-quality modular course packs, which are part of the DOTUni Lecture Series in 2023. In partnership with an external evaluator Dr. N. Varaprasad, a Principal Consultant of the Singapore Education Consulting Group, graced the colloquium and served as the guest speaker of the event, establishing a sustainable collaboration for more developed and updated curricular programs. “One of the trends in the external environment is that we have a rise of the gig economy, it is when people decide not to work for companies [or institutions] . . .they work for themselves,” he said during his keynote address. “Dr. Varaprasad has been dedicated to the field of education and leadership for 40 years and has made many significant contributions to public service and education in Singapore” (Keynote Speakers’ Bionote, SEAMEO International Conference 2018).

This productive celebration is part of DOTUNi’s initiatives to support the mission and vision of the university to provide world-class education and effective research and extension. This culmination signals more innovative activities from the DOT-Uni in its quest for excellence.


CLSU DOT-Uni Breaks New Ground as an Associate Member of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)

Another significant achievement has been unlocked by CLSU DOT-Uni, underscoring its steadfast commitment to providing top-notch distance, open, and transnational education through the successful acquisition of quality assurance measures. Joining the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) as an associate member marks a notable milestone in DOT-Uni's journey, amplifying CLSU's agenda towards internationalization. The path to AAOU for DOT-Uni was paved by the dedicated efforts of its in-house faculty and staff, who diligently adhered to the organization's rigorous documentary and procedural requirements. The AAOU Executive Committee (Execom) confirmed the acceptance of membership, and the approval was officially granted on October 2023. This newly acquired membership opens avenues for DOT-Uni to attain international quality assurance, with the upcoming goal being participation in the Quality Assurance Accreditation process. Becoming a part of this esteemed affiliation with AAOU not only signifies a stepping stone but also unravels many opportunities for DOT-Uni faculty members, staff, and students. It includes the chance to showcase their research at international forums, reaching a diverse global audience annually. Established in 1987, the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) is a non-profit organization promoting open and distance education within the region. It actively fosters cooperation and collaboration among higher educational institutions in open and distance learning. Headquartered at Universitas Terbuka, Jalan Cabe Raya, Pondok Cabe, Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia, the AAOU plays a pivotal role in shaping the education landscape across Asia. - MCMFernando

CLSU DOT-Uni Marks 26 Years of Distance Education Excellence in the Philippines and Worldwide

August 29, 2023 - The Central Luzon State University, Distance, Open, and Transnational University (CLSU DOT-Uni) modestly commemorates 26 years of delivering high-quality distance education to learners in the Philippines and around the globe. This significant milestone was marked with events and initiatives leading to the anniversary celebration. CLSU DOT-Uni organized several activities to engage and support its community of learners and educators. These activities included the DOT-Uni Webinar Series, which covered diverse topics essential to students' academic growth and educators' professional development. The series had a "Meet & Greet" session as a kick-off, a webinar on "Supporting Graduate Students in Writing for Thesis and Dissertation," and a webinar on "Managing References and Citations." These events aimed to enhance student's educational experience and provide valuable insights to faculty members. Furthermore, the institution hosted a two-part training and workshop series focused on revisiting and updating the CLSU Curriculum’s Program Educational Objectives (PEO) and Program Outcomes (PO), demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement. One of CLSU DOT-Uni's enduring commitments is to uphold academic integrity and ensure a fair and transparent learning environment. To achieve this, the institution has continued its subscription to Turnitin, a leading plagiarism detection and prevention tool. Turnitin not only aids in maintaining the university's commitment to academic integrity and streamlines grading and feedback processes but ultimately raises the bar for student outputs. In a simple yet significant development for its 26th year, the University President approved CLSU DOT-Uni’s subscription to the world's leading Learning Management System (LMS) for educational institutions: Canvas LMS. This decision underscores the university's dedication to providing cutting-edge technology and seamless learning experiences for its students, faculty, and staff. Canvas LMS is known for its user-friendly interface, extensive customization options, and robust features that empower educators and learners alike. In line with its vision to become "The Digital University and the future of higher education in the Philippines and Beyond," CLSU DOT-Uni has taken a significant step in applying as an associate member of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). This prestigious non-profit organization is dedicated to advancing open and distance education in Asia and improving member institutions' educational management, teaching, and research efforts. This effort reflects CLSU DOT-Uni's commitment to expanding educational opportunities and raising the bar for quality distance education. Additionally, CLSU DOT-Uni remains an active member of the Consortium of Open Distance Education Providers in the Philippines, further solidifying its position as a critical player in the country's open and distance education landscape. As CLSU DOT-Uni celebrates 26 years of excellence in distance education, it acknowledges the invaluable contributions of its students, faculty, staff, alums, stakeholders, and local and international partners. These collaborative efforts have been instrumental in the institution's continuous success and mission to improve education. The journey of CLSU DOT-Uni continues as it looks forward to a future marked by innovation, inclusivity, and a commitment to providing accessible and quality education to learners across the Philippines and beyond.