Last Updated: June 29, 2005
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Distance & Flexible Learning

The main objective of the Distance and Flexible Learning Component was that more external students can take better DFL courses, particularly using ICTs.

Through this component, technical advice/training were provided for USP personnel in the development of multimedia teaching materials for Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL), the development of e-learning model courses and development of database of learning materials.

Various activities were undertaken during the duration of the Project:

  • For the first time at USP, the CS222 course in Database Management Systems, was developed and offered in the second semester, 2004, via e-learning mode. The second e-learning course, CS221, was developed in second semester, 2004 and offered in first semester, 2005. Another course, CS122 commenced development in semester 1, 2005.

  • In order to further develop e-learning, basic knowledge of development cycles, course plans and evaluation is needed, and Professor Katsuaki Suzuki visited USP to provide advice and consultation on these areas of expertise.

  • The multimedia database, necessary to manage the daily increase of digital education materials, is an object oriented database, and relatively new in the region. JICA short-term expert, Mr. Takakazu Tamaki collaborated with USP counterparts to install and customise the system during three visits. Prof. Miwa from NIME also introduced the latest acitivities related to Learing Object MetaData.

  • In December 2003, fifteen digital video cameras were allocated to various departments with the aim of increasing the amount of digital learning materials. Workshops were also provided in Vanuatu and Suva to demonstrate how to utilise multimedia for educational purposes including video shoooting.