The Open University of the University of the Philippines, in their website's FAQ, defines distance education as any of the various forms of study, wherein students and teachers are physically separated. Accordign to them, students are encouraged to have independent self-learning styles. They study in their own places of residence using specially designed learning materials. These learning packages consist of print materials, and sometimes, audio-video tapes & CD ROM.
The Open University offers undergraduate, diploma, masteral and doctoral courses, even non-formal certificate programs. These courses include "interesting" courses like Master in Public Management, Master in Information Systems, and Masters in Distance Learning. Among the certificate programs also is the Professional Teaching Certificate Program designed to give non-education graduates the 18 units of professional education courses.
For those considering, the deadline for applications for admission in the first semester for undergraduate courses was last January 30, and for matesral, doctoral and other programs, this coming February 28. For the second semester, the deadline for all courses/programs is on June 30. For more information, just visit their website.