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Providing opportunities for equality: Pacific islands students’ experiences and perception on the use of ICT and e - learning

Lal, Sangita (2013) Providing opportunities for equality: Pacific islands students’ experiences and perception on the use of ICT and e - learning. UNSPECIFIED.

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While embracing the technological change and negotiating the changing demands of its diverse student needs, the University of the South Pacific (USP), is constantly engaging in various forms of curricula reforms to ensure that it best fits its context. The location of Japan –Pacific ICT Centre at USP’s main campus has placed greater expectation on USP as the regional hub for ICT to be at the cutting edge in achieving excellence in distance education and e-learning. USP needs to recognize the importance of meeting the needs of its culturally diverse student population and at the same time is accountable to the needs of its member countries and donor partners. A recent move by USP to offer more of its courses through online and blended mode in order to reach out to regional students has been received with mixed reactions by both students and staff. As such there is a need for more research to gauge the effectiveness and inclusiveness in terms of meeting the diverse needs of our regional students, particularly those studying through online, distance and flexible mode (DFL). This research paper presents the results of a small scale study that investigated the significance of this curriculum reform in terms of access and equity and how it is perceived by both Laucala and regional students. More specifically, the paper intends to highlight the perceptions of regional students in online learning and teaching of one of the four interdisciplinary courses, ‘Pacific Worlds’ (UU204). Since 2012, UU204 has been introduced as a generic course, for all students enrolled at undergraduate level. The course is currently offered to both Laucala and the regional students through a common curriculum content using an online mode. The paper presents a number of interesting results on students’ perceptions of e-learning and e-teaching at USP.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Sangita Lal
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 01:19
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 02:34

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