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Near, far, wherever you are: Chemistry via distance in the south seas
journal contributionposted on 21.02.2019, 00:00 by Shaneel ChandraShaneel Chandra, B Sharma
The University of the South Pacific is owned by 12 nations in the South Pacific Ocean. The institution provides higher education through its 14 campuses, with at least 1 campus per member country. To be able to overcome the geographical divide and isolation, while ensuring high-quality learning and teaching, the university utilizes Internet, satellite, and mobile devices and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools and technologies to provide virtual classroom experience. This article outlines the approaches adopted in offering a first-year chemistry course, in parallel, through face-to-face and distance modes. The novel attributes of bridging the geographical divide are presented. The article concludes with a discussion of new innovations that will further bring the classroom to the student irrespective of where the student is in the world. © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.