April 2010

My purpose for applying to the DE program and my plans after completion of Graduate study at the UP Open University:

My career has always been involved with education. After graduating from medical school, I have worked with the Department of Education for 16 years although not directly involved with teaching students; but as a physician for teachers and students. I was exposed to a life inside the classroom. I did not stop studying. I had my Masters of Public Health in 2000 at UPOU and I was part of the second batch of MPH-DE graduates. I was aiming for a post in the regional level, but I had a change of heart. In 2002, I took up nursing for plans of going abroad and passed all the necessary requirements (CGFNS, NCLEX, IELTS, NLE). Finally, I changed careers; I left the government service in 2005 to go into full time teaching.

Nursing professors were in demand in 2005. I had this opportunity; I applied as a lecturer in several nursing schools. I have been accepted in all because of my master’s degree and my credentials. In 2006, I got tired of studying maybe because of the too many examinations that I took.  However two years ago, I have that inkling again to go back to school for a Masters degree in Distance Education. But, because of work schedules in the College of Nursing and my children going to college I put it on hold.

Now that my eldest daughter is applying for her master’s degree (MAN) and my son currently enrolled in UPOU, I feel the need to go on with what I like—studying and eventually teaching in an alternative way. I like to do new things and innovate with what is being used at present. I have been using the computer for the last 12 years and my children have been instrumental for me to harness my computer skills. One of the things I enjoyed most these days is blogging. Through this, I can connect with other people, teach, entertain, inform and share my thoughts.

This will be my fifth degree if ever I will finish the course, more letters will be attached to my name. But that is not the essence anymore. I just want to be in school again to know what is new and to eventually impart these to others. I firmly believe that a UP education still the best training I have ever received.  I thank UP for imparting to me what quality education is.

This time, during the course of classes being offered via distance education, I look forward to meet new people, gather new ideas and strategies to use inside my classroom, be exposed to a wide range of age groups, the young and the old and know about the use of educational technology. I hope I still have the capability to be proficient in such technology.

It’s about 11 years before my retirement; this will also be a way of preparing for it. Even at the comforts of my home I can still teach or be involve in teaching in my own little way via distance education.

UPOU, Here I Go Again

by Anna Katharina on April 25, 2010

in Events,School

I was a student at the University of the Philippines Open University 10 years ago for my Masters of Public Health degree. Come May 7, 2010, our first day of online classes, this time as a student (again and again) of Masters in Distance Education. If I have pursued this about two years ago, I’m on my way to graduation. But no regrets, I have other priorities to do for my kids and me during those times.

I have been involved in teaching for the last 5 years. A slight deviation from what I do for 16 years having worked for the government and of course clinical work as a physician. But teaching is always a part of being a doctor, treatment for patients will always include advise about diet, medicines, activity etc.

When I had my MPH at UPOU, we did not have online classes, just printed modules to study and classes once or twice a month at the UP College of Public health (‘was 13 years ago). This time purely online classes, hope it really suits my needs.

Just thinking again, what lies ahead of me with all these challenges in work, family life, and domestic affairs? Will I be able to wear my SABLAY again? I’ll keep you posted. And I’ll be updating you with my life as a distant learner at www.distanceeducationblog.com and at EDUC TODAY.

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by Anna Katharina on April 18, 2010

in Beauty,Health Sense,Product Promo

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In an afternoon ceremony last April 5, 2010 at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel, the College of Nursing Arellano University Pasay held their 4th Pinning and Recognition Ceremony. The Pinning Ceremony marks the graduation of nursing students from the clinical program of the college of nursing. Arellano University Pasay nursing students were presented with pins officially recognizing their new status as graduate nurses of Arellano University.

It was attended by proud family members, friends of the graduates and school officials led by the President and CEO of Arellano University Paulino PV Cayco.

Hon. Teresita L. Barcelo,RN,MAN,Phd  served as keynote speaker for the event .In her speech, Hon. Barcelo challenged the graduates with core values to live by: love of God, integrity, excellence and nationalism. She also informed the graduates of that the Philippine Nurses Association is actively working for job opportunities such as NARS and “entreprenurse” program.

President and CEO of Arellano University congratulated the graduate nurses for their rightful passage to the school of nursing. He is very hopeful and looking forward to the graduate nurses in passing the nursing licensure examinations and keeping the record performance of Arellano University nursing graduates.

Outstanding students were awarded medals:

Florence Nightingale and Gold Medalist awardees: John D. Ricafort

Silver Medalist: Jason Cris Moleta

Bronze Medalist: Blaise U. Madamba