Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President shows the android tablet which will be given to all new undergraduate students from this year.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) will issue tablets to every new undergraduate degree student as part of the University’s new mobile platform for learning.
Students will be offered a fully setup Android tablet including a leather case with keyboard, a power adaptor, a USB to micro USB cable, and a USB to micro USB extension cable for every new full time undergraduate student to USP, who has paid their first semester fees.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said that the world of learning was being dramatically disrupted and transformed by new digital learning opportunities. USP has always been a pioneer in distance and flexible learning.
He noted that the digital transformation of societies and its impact on universities in general and learning and teaching in particular required USP to re-think its information and communication infrastructure and services.
“With the influx of mobile computing through notebooks and tablets, USP has formulated a bold new strategy for its digital transformation,” he stated.
According to Professor Chandra, in addition to addressing the delivery of high quality education through flexible learning, the University is adopting new pedagogies that students can be engaged in.
USP he said is now in the transition and implementation phase of its long term Higher Education strategy with specific programmes that include maintaining student access ratios, maintaining specialised computer labs, design of collaboration spaces, strengthening wireless coverage accessibility as well as speed and support for the USP Tablet project.
The University first experimented with giving 600 tablet computers two years ago and research done at that time was very encouraging. In its latest scheme, the University has taken account of its earlier experiment and international best practice.
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