The Offline Package Print (OPP) initiative by The University of the South Pacific (USP) has helped many students to cope with online studies.
This initiative was brought in to assist students in Fiji in their online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted face-to-face activities at USP.
Course Coordinators have put together ‘Offline Print Packs’ (OPP) for all courses, which contain supplementary learning resources, including readings and other material for USP students facing challenges regarding accessing their study materials.
Final year student Bhavika Bharti Singh, studying Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) in Information Systems and Finance said the Offline Print Packages (OPP) was beneficial during revision, exams, and online tests.
She encouraged all USP students to take advantage of this package as it is readily available and constructive.
“As online studies commenced, there were network fluctuations that led to the loss of connectivity, which affected uploading assignments and quiz answers,” she said.
” I used OPP as a form of extra handy notes during exam revisions and tests conducted online. In these OPP, I made notes. They were a great source of learning, too, in times of power outages,” said Bhavika.
Pursuing her Master of Arts in Geography, Vanuatu student, Patricia Abbock, said that the OPP has made online studies easier as she could study even when there was no internet access.
Patricia is currently enrolled in Laucala Campus but studying from home (Vanuatu) due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
“The various initiatives offered by USP are super beneficial for students. However, as for me, I am still embracing the use of Moodle Platform and USP Student Email to stay connected, submit and keep up to date with my deadlines, supervisor and other interesting news and
updates of USP,” she said.
Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) in Economics & Finance student Ashmita Jiteshni Lal said that OPP helped her many times in revision and accessing resources due to power outages.
“I believe every student should take advantage of these packs since they are a key learning tool at this stage of studies,” she said.
The OPP materials are available on the Moodle platform which offers free access to all Vodafone Fiji and Digicel Fiji networks.
Students can contact USP on toll-free number 1568 if they are unable to access the Offline Print Pack on the Moodle platform.
Students who cannot access these OPP materials can contact the University to have them delivered to them.