The mobile learning team taking the audience through the new app.
A new mobile app by The University of the South Pacific (USP) mlearnings’ mobile app team USP Course Module App for the Vanuatu In-country Science Programme (VISP) was launched by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Honourable Charlot Salwai on 8 February 2019.
The event coincided with the launch of phase two of the VISP, a programme through USP’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) which will enable high school graduates to complete various science combinations like Mathematics, Physics, Information Systems, Biology and Chemistry of a Bachelor’s degree from Emalus Campus.
Associate Professor Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean of FSTE said the mobile app is a huge leap forward in terms of learning for the students for such a crucial programme.
Dr Sharma said this is history and a milestone for the app team to have it launched after which the Vanuatu government sponsored additional scholarships for science education.
Mr Vineet Singh, the Mobile team leader stated that the app is designed for remedial or special modules from the course learning content to make learning easier and accessible offline, anywhere and at any time after the first download.
“The learning content has notes, topics/subtopics, examples, quizzes and follows a progressive pattern. It has leaderboard for users to see where they stand compared to others doing that module,” he explained.
“Discussion forums at different levels are available for users to discuss on different topics. Notifications are sent and received by users for comments on discussion post or threads or sent by the course coordinators,” he noted.
Certificates are also given at the end of the module.
Mr Singh further added that this app is beneficial to regional students in that the content can be saved offline and read later especially when it comes to aspects that are too difficult to understand.
Other app features includes news feed, student profile with results from each modules, open course modules and student feed. This app will make students understand difficult topics in an easier and interesting way.
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