Students attending Solomon Islands National University (SINU) under Distance Flexibility (DFL) in Gizo, Western Province will soon be able to access online courses.
This is made possible by SINU DFL in partnership with its Information Communication Technology (ICT) department.
The SINU DFL Center is in the Western Province is located at Gizo Community High School.
Speaking to this article in an interview yesterday, SINU DFL Campus Tutor Obed Zutu said that the main purpose of the visit to Gizo is to set up a classroom for students enrolled in DFL in Gizo to go virtually online to participate in tutorials.
Mr Zutu said the installation will be the first of its kind in the provincial capital of Gizo Community High School, where DFL students will go online virtually in the classroom, joining the zoom session and also other systems. learning management.
“We typically use the Ed Moodle which our students can access and join their classes from where they are rather than going up to Honiara.
“This will not only benefit our DFL SINU students, but also teachers and students at Gizo Community High Schools using the internet service provided by SINU DFL,” he said.
He added that they have also offered preparatory certificates to Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 graduates who are doing their upgrading studies to enable them to apply for courses at UNIS.
“We also have graduate students who are currently doing primary education.
“In fact, this is the first time Solomon Islands has had an online virtual classroom.
“The Honiara-based University of the South Pacific (USP) already has one, but for UNIS it will be the first time in history,” Zutu said.
Mr Zutu added that UNIS students in Honiara have already logged in at home and joined their class using their phones.
“They don’t need to go to the main UNIS center.”
He further added that the Western Province will be the first province to go online and hold virtual classes for its students.
The SINU DFL team together with the ICT Officer also paid a courtesy visit to the Western Provincial Secretary (PS) and the Director of Education of the Western Provincial Education Authority (WPEA ).
Meanwhile, the ICT team is currently busy pulling Our Telekom’s Internet fiber cable to connect Gizo Community High School.
Isabel in Buala, Malaita-Malu, Temotu-Lata and Reef in Lomulomu will be the next to benefit from a similar setup to ensure that students there have access to virtual classes starting this year.
By ULUTAH GINA
Star of Solomon, Gizo