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New ICT Tools in Higher Education for the USP Region

Sharma, Bibhya N. (2013) New ICT Tools in Higher Education for the USP Region. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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The presentation will basically cover the new ICT tools and technologies we have incorporated into our education system at The University of the South Pacific (USP). The University was set up in the South Pacific region in 1968 by its 12 member countries - Cook Islands, Republic of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. A total of 14 campuses are spread over an area of 30 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. This geographical separation necessitates a commitment from USP to take its products and services to the doorstep of each and every household of its member countries. Therefore, coming up with better learning and teaching tools and culture-inclusive curriculum for the region is one of the aortal aims of the university. We also understand that ICT solutions designed in the developed countries may not be suitable or easily adopted by the regional countries due to their unique restrictions and challenges. These may include the language barrier, high costs of internet and devices, slow and intermittent connectivity, socio-economic background of the users, shoestring budgets, etc. Therefore, the onus is on leading institutions to design services and products tailored for the region. The other need for ICT-driven education in the region is to curb and curtail the digital divide glaringly visible between the developed and developing countries. USP has taken a leading role to address this divide.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Presentation only. Not published in a proceedings.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
Depositing User: Aluwesi Fonolahi
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2016 21:55
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 03:34

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