The Faculty of Education (FEd) welcomed the newly admitted students of the 2nd semester of 2018 during the Student Orientation on January 12, 2019 at Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL), University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna. The event aimed to orient new students with the Faculty and its services, policies, and programs.

About 16 new students from the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD in Educ), Master of Arts in Social Studies Education (MSSE), Master of Distance Education (MDE), Bachelor of Education Studies (BES), Diploma of Social Studies Education (DSSE), Diploma in Mathematics Teaching (DMT), Diploma in Language and Literacy Education (DLLE), and Professional Teaching Certification (PTC) attended the said orientation.

Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao welcomes the newly admitted students of the Faculty of Education.
Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao welcomes the newly admitted students of the Faculty of Education.

The Dean of FEd, Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao, welcomed the participants during the orientation. He gave a brief overview of the various programs of the Faculty in his welcome message. He also emphasized the advantage that a student could obtain through online learning. “There are several advantages that an online learning student would obtain in this approach. For instance, according to the survey that I did in my courses, students developed the time management skill, which is not really being taught in their courses,” Dr. Bagarinao stated.

Asst. Prof. Charisse Reyes, the Faculty Secretary served as the facilitator of the orientation program. She introduced the members of FEd family and discussed the policies and processes in the Faculty. She emphasized that to become a successful online learner, “You need to be an independent learner, and try as much as possible to survive on your own—if not, then ask for help,” she said as a way of challenging and encouraging the students to persist in their programs.
The participants had the opportunity to interact with their fellow students and classmates, some faculties-in-charge (FICs), and staff of FEd during the orientation.

The program ended with Asst. Prof. Charisse Reyes answering the queries from the students.