Dr Melinda dela Pena BANDALARIA 

Chancellor and Professor, University of the Philippines Open University

Chair, Asian MOOCs Steering Committee

Member of ARC8 Expert Group on Inclusive and Flexible Lifelong Learning Pathways

Dr Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria is a professor of development communication and distance education at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). Dr Bandalaria also serves as the Chancellor of UPOU.

She was President of the Asian Association of Open Universities from 2017-2019 and continued to serve as the Chair of the Asian Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Steering Committee.

Dr. Bandalaria has been teaching in the distance elearning mode of instruction for over 20 years now. Her research interests include open and distance elearning, Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Development, social marketing and mobilization, universal access to education, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) communication.

She has published numerous technical journals and book chapters and is often invited to give keynote and plenary talks in international forums focusing on open and distance elearning.

She has spearheaded the development and offering of MOOCs in her university based on a framework that would promote the MOOCs as Open Education Resources (OER) strategy to improve the quality of higher education in the Philippines.

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