COVID-19: FNU launches online learning platform

FNU acting vice-chancellor Professor James Pounder signs the Memorandum of Understanding with Crystal Delta. Picture: SUPPLIED/FNU

In the light of the rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the effects of social distancing measures on teaching and learning, the Fiji National University (FNU) today launched a new online learning platform in partnership with Crystal Delta.

According to a statement released by the university today, the launch of the FNU new online learning initiative called ‘FNU Online’ will create pathways for any learner to enjoy life-long learning through the institution, regardless of their career pathway, program or geographical position.

The university stated it expected the online platform to further enhance the educational experience and opportunity for students throughout Fiji and Pacific.

By partnering with Crystal Delta to develop the FNU Online digital learning platform, the university will be able to target and enter new markets, bring all university content online to improve accessibility and ensure continuity of learning.

FNU acting vice-chancellor Professor James Pounder said: “I see this as a milestone initiative for FNU. With Crystal Delta as our partner, we will be able to offer full programs and individual courses for working professionals who will not need to leave their place of work to enhance their qualifications.”

“Crystal Delta has an excellent track record in providing a platform for in-company on-line programs coupled with a cashless payment system and I feel we are partnering with the best in the business in this area,” Prof Pounder said in the statement.

“Crystal Delta is proud to be part of the FNU Online journey, it is a pivotal achievement for the growth and development for both the university and the entire Pacific region,” said Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar.

“As an education technology company, it’s in our DNA to actively partner with universities and particularly those in developing regions to improve, enhance and deliver online learning that is relevant and connected. Crystal Delta has significant ties to the region with our five Directors being proud Fijian and this is an exciting moment for Fijian futures.”

Meanwhile, FNU Online allows the university to reach new students presently not enrolled in the university, provide new online short courses that meet industry needs for professional development, enabling new pathways for learners to upskill, retrain, and transition into new career pathways.

It will also enhance the ability for existing students to study part or all of their current degree programs online through blended and or fully online learning models.

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