USP Introduces Tablet Learning Project for Pacific Region
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A student tries out the Tablet given by USP.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is gearing up for the re-introduction of the Tablet Learning Project (TLP) in the Pacific region from Semester 1, 2017.
After the success of TLP in 2013, the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra has approved free distribution of almost 500 tablets to selected students in selected USP campuses.
The tablets will be distributed to new degree students in selected science programmes as well as Science Teachers Accelerated Programme (STAP) cohorts. The tablets will be distributed to students in Tonga, Alafua (Samoa) and Emalus (Vanuatu) Campuses.
Professor Chandra has also approved this new learning tool to all new degree students based in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati Campuses.
Chair of TLP 2017, Dr Bibhya Sharma has confirmed that before using the tablet as a learning tool, there would be preparatory workshops held in these campuses for the familiarisation of the device.
Dr Sharma said the team will implement various features and functionalities of the tablets to garner optimal usage in light of new pedagogies, hence, he added, training workshops will be scheduled for the students, course facilitators and Information Technology staff in the regional campuses.
“It is expected that the tablets will help reduce printing costs, provide flexible access to course materials, keep track of student progress in their respective enrolled courses, and enhance collaboration, engagement and communication,” Dr Sharma said.
The TLP team has highlighted that the device will have educational apps for students such as grammar, mathematical and science applications.
The inclusion of Moodle Mobile Application with the connection of Wi-Fi at the campuses will enable the students to participate in course activities at a time convenient to the students.
The team is also working in conjunction with mobile service providers of the respective regional campuses to provide students with free SIM and a tailored data plan so that the tablets could be utilised for learning and research purposes outside of campuses as well.
A second phase will see TLP extended to other regional campuses, as early as semester 2, 2017.
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