The Centre has video and audio facilities that provide lectures, videoconferences and tutorials. The current speed of 128 kilobits per second is shared between banner and Internet, E-mail users, audio conference and audio graphics. Video Broadcast Courses are offered through USPNet and Elearning (Moodle).
What is USPNet?
USPNet is a USP owned Wide Area Network (WAN) incorporating a 5MHz IP Satellite based technology to deliver and integrate distance learning, educational and administrative services throughout its 12 member countries.
The University owns and operates this private network, purely for USP use. For USP's distant students and staff, USPNet provides for the opportunity to participate in interactive audio tutorials, (conducted from any campus), communicate by e-mail with a lecturer/tutor or another student, access the World Wide Web, access online MIS and banner applications, watch a live Video multicast, access multimedia material via Server downloads and live video conferences (and tutoring) with the Laucala Campus in Suva. Also full two way telephony will be implemented in the near future.
Video conference—fully interactive two-way video and audio. This is the most popular mode for tutorials and meetings. A maximum of two centres can be reached at the same time via satellite and Lautoka and/or Labasa centres via land lines.
When you enter your centre’s USPNet room you’ll notice a large television, a small rectangular camera on top of the television, and a triangular black microphone on the table. This equipment is easy to use. Most centres have trained USPNet staff to prepare the equipment for you.
Your lecturer or tutor in Laucala, Emalus or Alafu’a can control your camera using a remote control device similar to a home TV remote control device. The equipment is pre-set for students; you only have to come to class and learn.
The USPNet currently fulfills the following:
Scalability - Fulfils current and future satellite communications needs. Allows USPNet to grow the system as need arises
Flexibility - Supports diverse features that USPNet may want to implement in the future. Modular component design allows integration flexibility.
Economy - Lowest Operationa expenses due to industry leading satellite access scheme. Incremental capacity increases can be achieved by adding receiver cards and volume licenses.
Design - To support a major shift at USP services towards distance and flexible learning. Strengthens the regional integrity of the USP as well as support all member countries with a common platform and capacity
USPNet Facilities at Labasa Campus