M-Learning

M-Learning



Background

The Tablet Learning Project (TLP) is a pilot project and an initiative by the Vice Chancellor of USP in the enhancement of teaching and learning in the institution. The University gave out 600 Android tablet computers to its students for semester 1, 2013 to use for free. These students undertook study by Print and Online modes in selected courses in Alafua, Emalus, Kiribati, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Lautoka and Labasa campuses. The courses for the project were ED215 Print, ED216 Print, TS106 Print, EC101 Print, MA101 Online, MA102 Online, MA112 Online, MA221 Online, MA321 Online, ST130 Online, IS122 Print and IS224 Print.

The TLP continues in semester 2, 2013 with the same disciplines and 14 courses. The courses are ED316 Print, ED318 Print, TS107 Print, EC102 Print, MA101 Online, MA111 Online, MA161 Online, MA211 Online, MA341 Online, ST131 Online, IS121 Print, IS221 Online, IS323 Print and IS333 Print. 

The Android tablet is an intriguing new development in portable computing technology. It is one of the technological devices that are now being introduced in educational institutions as it has many benefits to the learning and teaching process. Due on its portability, tablet computers can be taken to classes with field trips and also be used as a means of note taking in lectures and tutorials. Android tablets can be also populated with educational applications and university course materials. The use of electronic course materials on tablets would also reduce the use of paper.

The mLearning commitee is working in collaboration with all respected Faculties of the University to make the Tablet Learning Project a success.

Android Tablet

Android Tablet

The TLP team has selected an Android tablet MID L090-2V with the following specifications to be used for the project:

Workshops

Workshops

There were 2 workshops held at Laucala for the Tablet Learning Project.

The first workshop was held on 1st February 2013 and had 27 participants from Information Technology Services (ITS), USP.

Participants: Joeli Ramanu, Frank Sanday, Jiaoji Sigavata, Manoj Kumar, Onisimo Tuinaceva, Jovesa Senimoli, Rozatam Jannah, Varame Coalala, Ameet Prasad, Sanjesh Mudaliar, Anasa  Mataikiuva, Reginald Eastgate, Nancy Kumari, Sheetal Prasad, Natashni Kumar, Edmund Losi, Vishal Anand, Trevor Handyside, Alvin Singh, Tevita Tuinasaqalau, Irish Lal, Anand Raju, Nitendra Gounder, Niklesh Krishan, Tasleem Saiyad, Valami Daulevuka, Joweli Vunisina

Facilitators: Varunesh Rao and Raneel Kumar

The second workshop was held from the 5th to 8th February in association with ITS. TLP covered 2 sessions of the workshop. Participants included 6 IT staff from Alafua, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Labasa and Lautoka Campuses. Also there were participants from ITS Laucala and School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences (SCIMS).

Participants: Rajiv Goundar‎, Semi Drecala‎, Ofa Lupeituu‎, Peter Pitavoqa‎, William Hicks‎, Tekiau Kamauti, Gorun Arvind, Niumaia Tabunakawai, Waisiki Ravula, Nitesh Nand.

Facilitators: Varunesh Rao and Raneel Kumar

The contents for the workshops were Trends in Mobile Technology, Android OS, Using and Maintenance of Tablets and the details of the Tablet Learning Project itself. Participants at both the workshops were glad to get hands on experience while learning to use and perform maintenance operations on the tablets. Using the knowledge obtained from the workshop they would provide support for the tablets that are distributed to students around the region.

Student Survey

Student Survey

The mlearning Team conducted a survey after distributing the tablets to the students in Semester 1, 2013 to gauge the importance of the tablets to the students.

The findings of the survey are presented below.

View Semester 1 Student Survey Results

 

 

Photo Gallery

Tablet Presentation Photos


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