About the OAT

Office for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly ODI) through the years

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The Office for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly ODI) represents the enduring significance of teaching in the context of academic life and community. This is particularly evident in the University of the Philippines Diliman, the largest constituent university of the University of the Philippines (UP) System. In 2014, UP Diliman had 376 academic programs, 2,192 faculty and over 23,000 students representing diverse sectors in society.

Under the leadership of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), the OAT is dedicated to serve UP Diliman educators—teachers who make quality education a reality by creating enriching learning experiences, providing insights that provoke creative and critical thought, and mentoring talented scholars striving to become the best in their field.

This website aims to serve as a valuable information resource for the University’s faculty and academic staff.


I. History and profile of the office

Office for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly ODI) through the years

A unit of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), the OAT emerged as one of clearest expressions of the OVCAA’s mandate in coordinating instructional and academic programs in UP Diliman.

Two decades since the appointment of the University’s first Director of Instruction, the OAT upholds University’s tradition of honor and excellence by ensuring quality instruction and the development of high-caliber teachers.

OAT (formerly ODI): A brief history

In November 1992, the Board of Regents formally approved the creation of the position of Director of Instruction. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Director initially had administrative functions, such as monitoring and assessment of study and research loads of faculty, and performed other tasks pertinent to instruction.

Since then, efforts turned to the creation of an office dedicated to ensuring the delivery of quality instruction in the university. This also a led to a broader view of instruction, from the classroom level to encompassing education and academic programs.

To date, the OAT has the following flagship activities: Teaching Effectiveness CourseOrientation of New FacultyUniversity Teaching Seminars, and Student Evaluation of Teachers (SET) administration and analysis. Together with the University Council Committee on University Instruction (UC CUI), the OAT undertakes review of policies and programs on instruction. It collaborates with the Diliman Interactive Learning Center (DILC) in the development and promotion of educational/instructional technologies. It also assists the OVCAA in the conduct of various academic events in the campus.

Organizational structure

The OAT is led by a Director who oversees a team handling administrative and other vital support functions.

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Director provides leadership in the development, coordination, and monitoring of instructional programs in UP Diliman; assists the OVCAA in the review of policies pertaining to instruction; and supervises the units or programs of the office.

The OAT believes that quality teaching can be achieved by anticipating and responding to the needs and objectives of educators, conducting reliable evaluation and assessment, and delivering relevant information, resources and services for faculty members and academic staff. As it evolves, the Office aspires to be more responsive, relevant, and vigilant in addressing gaps and potential challenges.

Future plans

A UP Diliman teacher or guro is at the heart of a UP education, breathing life into the tradition of honor and excellence that has guided, and continues to inspire, generations of scholars.

By providing instructional support, evaluation and assessment, and administrative services, the OAT commits itself to empowering faculty and academic staff so they can fulfill their role as effective educators and mentors.

Working closely with OVCAA and its offices, the OAT will serve as a springboard for ideas, inclusive and innovative instruction-focused programs, and world-class teaching, learning and development opportunities for the UP Diliman academic community.

II. Vision, mission, and functions

Guided by its vision of quality instruction in the premier university, the OAT aims to lead the development of the necessary systems, mechanisms, and programs designed to ensure quality teaching and learning.

The Office also facilitates the design, enhancement, and implementation of academic policies and programs, particularly initiatives for instructional enrichment, course development, and teaching effectiveness.

III. Reorganization of the Office for the Advancement of Teaching

Read the memorandum here.