Flexible learning is a state of being in which learning and teaching is increasingly freed from the constraints of the time, place and pace of these activities. For learners, flexibility in learning may include choices in relation to entry and exit points, selection of learning activities, assessment tasks and educational resources in return for different kinds of credit and costs. For the teachers it can involve choices in relation to the allocation of their time and the mode and methods of communication with learners as well as the educational organization. Flexible learning, as such, is a value principle, much like we see diversity, equity or equality in education and society more broadly. And in the contemporary world, both in the developed and developing contexts, technological tools and infrastructure are key components of it. The role of CFL is to support and help the University achieve its Strategic Plan KPIs in this area.
This work involves working with Schools in the design and development of their academic programs for flexible learning and teaching, orientation and onboarding of students and staff in their use of Moodle, Lecture Capture, Mahara (ePortfolio tool), TurnItIn, REACT and other learning technologies as they become available. It also includes the provision of a wide range of services to the University community in the production of educational multimedia, audio & video production, graphics, photography, animation, simulations and web interaction.
Centre for Flexible Learning also ensures that first year student make the smoother transition from pre-tertiary education into university studies through the FYE (First Year Experience)section. FYE provides a broad network of support services and programmes that address the academic, personal and social needs of first year students and promote student success. Our Student Learning Support (SLS) services also endeavours to provide a comprehensive range of services to help USP students take control of their learning.