USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, addressing participants at the ACODE workshop
The University of the South Pacific, for the first time, hosted a workshop for the Australian Council on Open, Distance and Elearning (ACODE) on Thursday, 27 June, 2013.
The two-day ACODE 62 meet was held at the University’s Laucala Campus in Suva, through its Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL).
At the opening of the workshop, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra, warmly welcomed the representatives of ACODE to the University and shared with them about the emphasis USP places on incorporating OER, Distance and eLearning methods into its curricula.
“How we can harness the tremendous prowess of Information Communication Technology. The idea of using flipped classrooms and online learning methods will be very helpful, especially for our students in our regional campuses,” he said.
Flipped classrooms or flip teaching is a style of blended learning where students can view lectures online and work on with students in class. The flip teaching allows lecturers to have more time to interact with their students.
Professor Chandra said the University’s new Strategic Plan identifies ICT and OER as the key drivers of education in the tertiary sector, and this is motivation for the University to strive towards its goal to achieve excellence.
“The university is focusing on the concept of transformative pedagogies. Learning and teaching and transformative pedagogies is at the heart of the Strategic Plan 2013-2018 and in the next six years, USP intends to pedagogically be in the top universities globally,” he said.
The workshop had a range of activities for the participants, including a session on flipped classrooms.
After the workshop, participants toured the Laucala Campus, and saw a demonstration on how the University utilizes the REACT method of learning.
Representatives from Australian universities- Macquarie University, University of Southern Queensland, University of Tasmania and University of Canberra presented on the following topics: Alternative Pathways to Education, Flipped Classes and OER, Open Educational Practices and Flipped Classrooms, respectively.
The second day of the programme featured an outing to Molituva village in Tailevu, where participants toured the village.
ACODE holds meets in Australasia several times a year, focusing on the significance of using Information, Communication Technology (ICT) and Open Educational Resources (OER).
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