University launches new books

Professor Sam Naidu , Professor Geoffery Crisp , USP Pro-Chancellor Winston Thompson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Coll during the launching of the books 50 Years of Flexible Learning at USP and Flexible Learning Footprints at USP ICT Centre. Picture: JONA KONATACI

TWO books reflecting the achievements of the University of the South Pacific’s Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) were launched on Thursday.

The books β€” Fifty Years of Flexible Learning at The University of the South Pacific 1968-2018 and Flexible Learning Footprints β€” were launched at the centre by the university’s pro vice-chancellor flexible learning and director for CFL Professor Som Naidu.

Prof Naidu said one of the achievements for CFL was making education accessible to students who were not able to attend classes through face to face mode of study.

“The job of the CFL is to make it even better and now with the integration of technology, its role is even more critical to academic staff and students alike,” Prof Naidu said.

He said the university had been in the business of providing flexible learning since 1968.

β€œIt was not a question of coming to the university but rather how the university was coming to them, this is the beauty of the campus, the university might be based here (Fiji) but it is out there,” he said.

USP pro-chancellor Winston Thompson, during his address, highlighted the impact of technology and how it had transformed the way universities conducted their business.

“Technology has revolutionised how one can interact and inter-communicate with one another, not just in education but in the world,” Mr Thompson said.

The centre also launched eight open-textbooks developed as part of the Open Education Resource (OER)-Based Course Conversion initiative of the current USP strategic plan.

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