Distance education is a field of alternative education that aims to provide an access to learning for individuals who do not have the capacity to be physically present in a traditional classroom setting. Distance learning promotes a freewheeling and stress-free way of learning.
Through the years, distance learning has become a popular choice especially for people who are physically handicapped or those working professionals who want to pursue higher studies.
In the Philippines, distance education has become an emerging form of learning especially in mountainous regions where there are no access to traditional schools and teachers. Hence, the following are the top three distance education programs in the Philippines accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED.)
1) Asian Institute of Distance Education
The Asian Institute of Distance Education is arguably the best distance education program in the country. AIDE was one of the pioneers in distance education, having established in 1984. The curriculum of AIDE depends greatly on self-instructional modules and books.
AIDE offers three courses; Bachelor of Arts major in English and Political Science and Bachelor of Science major in Business Administration, all of which are equivalent of a college education.
2) Correspondence Accreditation Program for College Foundation
CAP College Foundation was established in 1988, patterned as an open university. To enhance their education system, CAP has continuously partnered with traditional state universities and colleges all over the Philippines.
It is administered by former Philippine Secretary of Education Dr. Alejandro Roces. It has also partnered with CHED in the government’s “ladderized system of education” where an associate degree is achieved after four terms.
CAP basically offers a wider range of courses compared to AIDE. It offers Bachelor of Arts majoring in 10 courses and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in either management or marketing.
3) Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute
Unlike the AIDE and CAP, the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute or SAIDI caters to graduate school programs. It offers graduate programs in business, education, information technology and language.
SAIDI introduces learning through intensive research and self-instructional packages. It maintains an office in Antipolo City, Rizal Philippines but their programs are not just open for Filipino citizens but as well as students from abroad.
One of the more prominent figures who have been connected to SAIDI was Salvador EsCudero III, a former Philippine Secretary of Agriculture and the father of incumbent Philippine Senator Francis Escudero.