Intensive workshop organized successfully for PHEW! Writers
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Writers in discussion during a session.
In gearing up for the Preparation for Higher Education Workshop (PHEW!) 2019 intake, the Student Learning Services (SLS) of The University of the South Pacific’s Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment (FSTE) coordinated a successful three day Writers Workshop from 29 to 31 October 2018.
The main objective of this workshop was to revise PHEW! Student Workbook as per new development tools and facilities in USP.
PHEW! provides a detailed programme to prepare first year scholarship students of USP from the region by addressing the demands of university studies.
The programme not only is a refresher for academic, study, numeracy and ICT skills but also encourages useful life skills and helps students settle into a new country.
SLS specialists who attended the writers’ workshop were from FSTE and Faculty of Business & Economics (FBE).
Mrs Alanieta Lesuma-Fatiaki from the Centre for Flexible Learning, addressed the participants and spoke on course design and online trends; Ms Jamie Bloss from the USP Library, reminded the writers on referencing styles and acknowledging sources such as images and other multimedia; and Ms Merelesita Qeleni from the Disability Resource Centre spoke and advised on how special needs students must be considered in the design of materials for the workshop.
The new revised student workbook will incorporate technology through the usage of smart devises such as tablets to introduce students to the different modes of learning offered by the university.
One of the aims of the workshop was to present the student workbook in print and online mode, but also as an e-book, audio book and Online Educational Resource (OER).
The participants in this workshop were Ms Afshana Anzeg, Mrs Aluwesi Fonolahi, Mrs Pauline Ryland, Ms Prianshika Sen and Ms Jane Kanas.
According to Associate Professor of FSTE, Dr Utkal Mehta, this workshop has delivered a platform for SLS to come together to discuss and focus on completing the revision of the Workbook.
The revised workbook will be produced in December 2018 for use in following year’s cohort of sponsored students. The new book will eventually be available through Moodle access and as an OER.
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