Do you want to make your resumé more appealing to employers? Want to improve in a particular skill? Are you interested in a specific subject? Or, do you just want to add the name “University of the Philippines” to your credentials? Listen up.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) offers different free online courses for anyone to take. From February 23, the UPOU Massive Open Distance e-Learning (MODeL) will be releasing 23 short courses and 5 extra multimedia courses.

Yes, you heard it right. The general public can take these courses — even if you’re not a UP student. The best part is, all of these courses are completely free.


UPOU said that the courses are self-paced, which is ideal for those who only want to do it on the side, especially if they have a day job or studying in school. Once the 16-hour training session is done, you’d be rewarded with an e-certificate that you can showcase in your profile.

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How to enroll in UP free online courses

Step 1: Visit the UPOU MODeL website here: and click “Register.”


Step 2: Fill up the 2-page registration form.


Step 4: Once done, you will receive an email with your login credentials on Thursday. Registration cutoff is every Wednesday at 4PM. Registrations received after that will get their login account the following week.


Step 5: After you get your account credentials, go back to the website, log in, choose your course, and start on the specified schedule.

FREE online courses offered by UP

February 2023

  • Basics of Graphic Design
  • Gender Sensitivity Training

March 2023

  • Introduction to Technology for Teaching and Learning
  • Understanding the Child Better
  • Strategic Planning in ODeL
  • Introduction to Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL)

April 2023

  • Quality and Assurance in ODeL
  • Crisis Management and Foresight Planning
  • Scriptwriting for a Video Material

May 2023

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching and Learning with Modern ICTs
  • Learner Support in ODeL

June 2023

  • Legal Instruments for the Protection of Children
  • Blended Teaching and Learning Using OERs

July 2023

  • Strategic Planning ODeL
  • Introduction to Open and Distance eLearning (ODeL)
  • Basic Animation Using Powtoon
  • Business Analytics Concepts and Frameworks

August 2023

  • Learner Support in ODeL
  • Quality Assurance in ODeL

September 2023

  • Institutional Mechanism Towards Child Rights Protection and Promotion
  • Planning Program on Child Rights Protection and Promotion
  • Introduction to Technology for Teaching and Learning

October 2023

  • Video Editing Using an Open-Source Video Editing Software
  • Developing and Producing an Interactive Educational Video Material
  • Teaching and Learning Modern ICTs

November and December 2023

  • Implementing and Evaluating Programs for Child Rights
  • Blended Teaching and Learning Using ORs

Can I enroll in UPOU MODeL if I didn’t take UPCAT?

Yes. As said earlier, anyone is welcome to register for any of these courses, even if you’re not a UP student. All you have to do is register and you’ll get free access to the online courses.

How much is the enrollment fee?

The courses are completely FREE and open to anyone — from students to working professionals, regardless if they are in the Philippines or not.

How long does each course last?

Each course runs for (3) three to (8) eight weeks and you need 16 hours to complete them.

The courses are self-paced, but after the designated timeline, the courses will be hidden to limit delayed output submissions. The UPOU rarely provides extensions unless the course coordinator decides so.

Is there a completion certificate?

Yes. After completing the courses online, students will be given an e-certificate for their achievement. It can be used as proof to show that the student has knowledge in certain fields.

These are the things you need to know regarding UP’s free online courses. What course are you interested in? What course do you want them to add? If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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