Students enrolled in two Education courses at the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus will now use learning tablets instead of print materials.
They are amongst the 600 students of USP’s regional campuses who were presented the tablets on Saturday, 23rd February.
While presenting the tablets USP Lautoka Campus Director Dr Pramila Devi told the students that the Tablet Learning Project was an initiative of the Vice Chancellor of USP, aimed at enhancing learning in the institution.
Dr Devi said the introduction of tablets was a bold step forward by the university in its endeavour to create a dynamic environment for learning.
“The tablet is a way forward to enhancing the Distance and Flexible Learning Support for USP’s regional students,” Dr Devi said.
“The course is piloted at a number of regional campuses and Lautoka is a part of it.” The Lautoka Campus looks after students living in Sigatoka to Rakiraki and Yasawas.
The students receiving the tablets are teachers enrolled in ED215 course which is Language and Mathematics II and ED216 course which is Science and Social Studies II.
These students can now conveniently apply educational applications and access university course materials from any location which would reduce the volume of print materials that they were required to carry in the past. The use of electronic course materials on tablets would also reduce the use of paper, which would protect the environment.
The portable, light-weight electronic device provides students with the ease to carry them around to their classroom, field-trips, tutorials, lectures and basically anywhere enabling them to take notes, store and share information with their peers.
These sleek, touch-screen devices come with custom designed covers.
To ensure the students familiarized themselves with the new technology, Lautoka Campus’ IT Personnel Rajiv Goundar conducted a personal demonstration of the tablet for all its recipients.
The Lautoka Campus received good, positive feedback from the students during the presentation. They all were very excited and eager to use the new sophisticated devices and enjoy its convenience of smooth mobility.