Future Proofing Higher Education in the Pacific with Open and Flexible Learning

dc.contributor.author Naidu, Som
dc.contributor.author Roberts, Keith J
dc.contributor.editor Gaskell, Anne
dc.coverage.spatial Pacific en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-04T19:10:09Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-04T19:10:09Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12
dc.description.abstract Affordable access to higher education is a major challenge for small Pacific island nations. The University of the South Pacific which is owned and governed by twelve island nations in this region plays a special role in meeting this challenge. In its fiftieth year, a few recent developments at USP provide a useful case study for how this challenge can be addressed to provide affordable access to educational opportunity for residents of twelve Pacific Island nations in various stages of development. // The island nations served by the University of the South Pacific are spread over 33 million square kilometers of the Pacific, with several official languages and many more indigenous languages, and use seven distinct currencies. As USP celebrates its fiftieth year in 2018, it has embarked upon two specific initiatives that will enable the university to map out a pathway for the future of education for the next generation and within the context of current and new strategies for the design and implementation of meaningful education throughout the member nations. // These initiatives are the development of a flexible learning policy and an Open Education Resources policy. Taking pages from the fields of Technology, Education (Learning and Teaching), and Design, these two USP policies seek to “future proof” the university for the next generation and others after that. Being future proofed means being able to stand the test of time in the face of changing contexts and challenges. University policies are most effective when they are designed to withstand and accommodate prospective changes in the educational landscape. These policies reflect agreed-upon principles that will withstand social and political changes. This paper is a commentary on the content of these policy initiatives around flexible learning and open education practices, their values and principles. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2311-1550
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/3104
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Commonwealth of Learning (COL) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Learning for Development;vol. 5, no. 3
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ en_US
dc.source.uri http://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/309/349 en_US
dc.subject Open Educational Resources (OER) en_US
dc.subject Flexible Learning en_US
dc.subject Policies en_US
dc.subject Higher Education en_US
dc.title Future Proofing Higher Education in the Pacific with Open and Flexible Learning en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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