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Near, Far, Wherever You Are: Chemistry via Distance in the South Seas

Chandra, Shaneel and Sharma, Bibhya N. (2018) Near, Far, Wherever You Are: Chemistry via Distance in the South Seas. American Journal of Distance Education, - . pp. 1-16. ISSN 0892-3647

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Abstract

The University of the South Pacific is owned by 12 nations in the South Pacific Ocean. The institution provides higher education through its 14 campuses, with at least 1 campus per member country. To be able to overcome the geographical divide and isolation, while ensuring high-quality learning and teaching, the university utilizes Internet, satellite, and mobile devices and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools and technologies to provide virtual classroom experience. This article outlines the approaches adopted in offering a first-year chemistry course, in parallel, through face-to-face and distance modes. The novel attributes of bridging the geographical divide are presented. The article concludes with a discussion of new innovations that will further bring the classroom to the student irrespective of where the student is in the world.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Depositing User: Bibhya Sharma
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 11:21
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2018 11:21
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10617
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