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FSTE Refresher and Induction Programme

Kumar, Bijeta and Sharma, Bibhya N. and Sharma, Atish (2015) FSTE Refresher and Induction Programme. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

In this new era of ICT driven education, the developing countries are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the heavy and continuous changes brought to the area of higher education. Currently, the University of the South Pacific(USP) has witnessed the advert of multiple learning tools in ICT. These tools are relatively new, unheard of and sparingly utilized in most of the USP region. A consequence of this is the difficulty faced by students adapting to the university environment. High attrition rates, subdued interests, mixed views of the Learning Management System (Moodle), unfavorable or lukewarm response to mLearning and eLearning tools, etc. are subsequently noted. The Faculty of Science, Technology, and Environment in USP has embarked on a new initiative to introduce new students to a Refresher and Induction Programme before they embark on their journey at USP. It is suggested that these types of programmes make the transition from secondary schools to tertiary Institutions easier and smoother. This new Refresher and Induction programme consisted of ten modules: 1) ICT Tools, 2) Understanding course outlines, 3) Mathematical Software, 4) Mobile Learning, 5) Time management and Study skills, 6) Moodle learning Management system, 7) Learning Labs, 8) Early Warning System, 9) Turnitin and Plagiarism and 10) Remedial Mathematics. The paper showcases the pilot run and highlights its strengths and opportunities. Results from student surveys are discussed.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Depositing User: Bibhya Sharma
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 15:49
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 09:13
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9265
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