1. What is AIDE?
The AIDE which stands for Asian Institute for Distance Education (AIDE) is non-profit, non-stock open higher education institution (HEI), the first in the country to offer non-formal and non-traditional education, duly recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and authorized by Philippine laws to engage into educational, research and related activities.
AIDE was formally recognized as an education institution on April 11, 1984. But the concept really began as early as 1981 when the foundation embarked on a project to help the Philippine Foundation for Independent Study, Inc. (PFIS) to set up an educational institution which would utilize the non-formal system of instruction.
AIDE was initially named as the Asian University for Independent Study (AUIS). Parliamentary Bill No. 1033, which sought to establish the AUIS project, was introduced in the 1982 session of the Batasang Pambansa but the bill went no further than the first reading, but the effort to establish a higher education that will serve the underprivileged and underserved by providing equitable, accessible and inclusive non-conventional education and alternative learning system (ALS) continued when the Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) through the Bureau of Higher Education gave recognition to AIDE to offer Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.
2. What is the goal of AIDE in providing alternative learning system of education?
AIDE’s aim is to be a leading open university utilizing a distance education system to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Our goal is to provide a SCHOOL for those seeking SECOND CHANCEs; defying the connotation that distance education is a second class. AIDE provide a second chance, or perhaps the last chance, for those among us in every sector of our society, to acquire a college degree which has gone beyond their reach because of family responsibilities, illness, financial hardships or space/time constraint.
3. What is the ultimate vision of AIDE in helping develop human capital?
The higher education system in the country is confronted with high attrition rate; drop-out rates have been noted every year due to varied reasons.
AIDE recognizes that millions enroll in formal and conventional school every year, but it also acknowledges the fact that millions more cannot. To help develop the country’s human capital, it is the vision of AIDE that for those who cannot go to the university, we shall bring the university to them. The institute shall live through its guiding principle that: “AIDE is a higher education institution giving more ACCESSIBILITY, EQUITY and INCLUSIVITY for all.”
4. What is distance education?
Distance Education which is the modality being used by AIDE as a stand-alone distance education provider refers to a mode of learning in which students and teachers are physically separated from each other. It is student-centered, guided independent study, making use of well-studied teaching and learning pedagogies to deliver well-designed learning materials in various media. It is also sometimes described as flexible learning and distributed learning. (Section 3(a), R.A. 10650)
5. What is a higher education institution (HEI)?
AIDE falls under the category of higher education institution which is dully recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It follows CHED prescription on curriculum development and regulations/standards on student admission up to completion.
HEI refers to an institution of higher learning which primarily offers degree-granting programs duly recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) learning to the conferment of a diploma. (Section 3 (d), RA 10650)
6. What is higher education degree programs? What are the higher education degree programs of AIDE?
Higher education degree programs refer to specific courses of study in the higher level of the education system leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. (Section 3 (c), RA 10650).
AIDE offers higher education degree programs like Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing Management (MM), Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Economics (BE), Financial Management (FE) and Operations Management (OM). It also offers Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science.
7. What is a technical-vocational program? Are there technical-vocational programs being offered at AIDE?
Technical-vocational programs refer to post-secondary certificate, officially recognized as non-degree programs aimed at preparing technicians, paraprofessionals and other categories of middle level workers by providing them with a broad range of general education, theoretical, scientific and technological studies, and related job skills training. (Section 3(f), RA 10650)
Currently, AIDE offers, in partnership with Taghalang Pilipino (TP), the following certificate courses on Culture and Arts and the TESDA Certification for these courses are being worked on.
✓ Certificate in Scriptwriting
✓ Certificate in Creative Group Dynamics
✓ Certificate in Acting
✓ Certificate in Community Arts Development
✓ Certificate in Acting
✓ Certificate in Dance
✓ Certificate in Film
Apart from these courses, AIDE also offers the following Certificate courses:
✓ Developing Instructional Materials/Modules;
✓ Developing Online Course Content
✓ Introductory Course on Open and Distance Learning
8. What is Open Distance Learning (ODL)?
AIDE follows the Open Distance Learning methodology which is unconventional and non-traditional higher education system specifically made to widen student access to quality higher education. AIDE recognizes the need to propagate equitability and inclusivity in education to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all. In short, AIDE provides alternative learning system (ALS) of higher education; it is an institution for students wanting to be given a second chance.
ODL refers to the merger of two (2) concepts, that of open learning and distance education. It is a system which combines the methodology of distance education with the concepts of open learning and flexible learning. (Section 3 (e), RA 10670)
9. What is Open Learning (OL)?
Open Learning is the philosophy of learning being observed by AIDE. Its system is basically open and flexible which allows open enrollment and follows a non-structured format where students can study at their own time, pace, place, space; one that is limitless and borderless. AIDE’s system defies barriers to learning opportunities.
Open Learning refers to a philosophy of learning that is based on flexibility of access for equity in education, an educational system accessible to every individual with minimal restrictions and emphasizing the flexibility of the system to eradicate problems caused by barriers like age, geographical location. Time constraints and economic situation.
10. How can students outside of the Philippines study with AIDE?
AIDE utilizes a learning management system (LMS) which is powered by NEO Cypher Learning System. For students who have access to internet, all contents are available in the AIDE NEO LMS portal which they can access at their own convenient time.
For students who lacks access to internet connection, AIDE provides another option of sending the printed course materials and uses other media to connect with students overseas. Testing is done at AIDE office or its partner higher education institutions, if not, through live video chats using Skype, FB messenger, Viber Video Calls, among others. Students overseas with specific questions should use the LMS or AIDE website to get contact information for the appropriate office/s.
11. Does AIDE accepts foreign students
AIDE has been accepting foreign students for the past fifteen (15) years. In June, 2004, AIDE was authorized by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation to accept foreign students, subject to its rules and regulations. AIDE was in fact, able to graduate many foreign students from various parts of the world.
Foreign students are welcome to study with AIDE if they can speak, read and write English fluently because all the contents are written in English Language. If interested, please visit the main application information page (in AIDE website) and follow the corresponding link for bachelor’s, vocational, diploma or certificate programs.
12. How are the contents of AIDE courses developed and delivered?
AIDE commission the services of a subject specialist/expert to develop a learning material content/module which are called Content Developers/Module Writers. The criteria for selecting a subject specialist who will write the module is being formed by the AIDE Academic Committee. Once chosen, AIDE asks the Content Developer/Module Writer to submit a syllabus for the subject to be written following the prescribed CHED Memo for the course. Once approved, the Module Writer proceeds with the writing of the module then submits the same to the AIDE Academic Committee for evaluation. After evaluation, AIDE asks the Module Writer to pre-test the content. Once pre-tested, the AIDE Academic Committee submits the same to the Review Committee for another round of evaluation then recommends the same for utilization once all changes have been made.
AIDE courses are delivered online via learning management system (LMS) which is powered by NEO Cypher Learning System. Students may also opt to get the printed modules if they don’t have access to internet.
13. How is it to study at AIDE? What is its System?
Studies at AIDE are not confined to traditional classrooms. The AIDE distance learning system makes quality higher education accessible to all, providing students with the freedom to study and interact according to their individual circumstances and locations. Courses are developed by course teams and then delivered to students through distance education media. AIDE has one main campus for administrators and instructors/module writers as well as a network of study and service centers throughout the country. AIDE is in academic collaboration with Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Batangas State University (BATSU) and BARCIE in Bulacan.
14. How do face-to-face tutorial and e-tutorial sessions work in the AIDE distance learning system?
For information on tutorials and all other details on distance learning at AIDE, please read our page on the AIDE distance learning system. You can also visit our Webpage to see some examples and explore more about AIDE e-Learning.
15. Are there scholarship programs at AIDE?
Yes. For information on the scholarship program of AIDE and all other details as to who may qualify, please call or visit our office for further details. You can also visit our Webpage to see more information about AIDE e-Learning system.
16. If students were previously enrolled in other school, can they transfer to AIDE? Is there a system of crediting subjects that were taken?
Yes, AIDE accepts transferees. AIDE also credit the subjects that were previously taken from other school as long as it is part of the curriculum prescribed by CHED for the course.
17. Is there a cross enrolment at AIDE?
Yes, students are allowed to cross enroll at AIDE. AIDE accepts students who would like to take their deficiency or back subjects from their mother institution.
18. How are final examinations taken at AIDE?
When a student completes or passes all the required modules in a particular subject, he takes a scheduled final examination either at the AIDE Office or at a pre-designated training center. He acquires credit units only after passing the said examinations. After completing all the unit requirements of the course enrolled in, his scholastic records shall be processed and submitted to CHED for approval of his work, on the basis of which he shall receive from AIDE an appropriate credit, certificate or diploma, as the case may be.
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