Open Educational Resources Course Conversion Grants

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources and materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, used to support education/training/research, which reside in the public domain (PD) or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, reuse, revision, remixing, retention and redistribution by others, with no or limited restrictions. In 2017, the Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) and the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS) initiated and jointly administered the first year of OER Course Conversion Grants at USP.

Category 1 – Revise existing courses to integrate OER and/or free library materials

  1. Ali Mohammadi, Lecturer, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a third year Engineering course titled ‘EE392 – Digital Signal Processing’. The course covers the basic concepts and theories in the field of digital signal processing. The subject provides with a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of DSP. It covers A/D and D/A converters, analysis of discrete time signals and systems, design of finite impulse response (FIR) and infinite impulse response (IIR) digital filters. Various methods of implementing digital filters are also discussed. The laboratory concentrates on the fixed-point digital signal processor and Matlab software. Emphasis is on implementing useful DSP systems in real-time using assembly language of the Texas Instruments digital signal processor TMS320C50.
    Project Status: Completed
  2. Ali Mohammadi, Lecturer, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a third year Engineering course titled ‘EE312 – Control System Engineering’. The course provides an understanding of the components used in process control, the fundamental principles of process dynamics, and classical feedback control. The course is structured as a first course in control systems. It will take the student through topics such as: transducers (sensors), actuators, processes and plants, transfer functions, system specifications, stability of feedback control systems, and the design of controllers and compensators using root locus, Bode plot and Nyquist plot techniques.
    Project Status: Completed
  3. Krishna Raghuwaiya, Lecturer, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a second year Mathematics course titled ‘MA221 – Linear Algebra 2’. The course is currently offered via both the F2F and Online modes. The textbook used is Elementary Linear Algebra which is quite expensive and that many students do not purchase a copy for their perusal. The use of OER will make reading materials readily available to our students esp to those in the region at a minimal cost.
    Project Status: Completed
  4. Utkal Mehta, Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a second year Engineering course titled ‘EE225 – Analog Electronics II’. The course is about having basic knowledge of electronic devices like diodes, transistors, and elementary circuits, and emphasizes on circuit intuition and a system design approach.
    Project Status: Completed
  5. Shanje Shant Sushil, Facilitator, College of Science, Technology & Environment, Pacific TAFE
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a pre-degree course titled ‘CEI42 – ICT Business Process’.
    Project Status: Completed
  6. Gavin Khan, Subject Coordinator – UU100, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The primary objective of the project would be to enhance the quality of UU100 (generic course) course content by incorporating rich OER and in the process ensuring removal of any copyright infringing materials.
    Project Status: Completed
  7. Salome Taufa, Lecturer, School of Marine Studies, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a third year Marine Studies course titled ‘MS302 – Integrated Coastal Zone Management’.
    Project Status: Completed
  8. Dinesh Kumar, Assistant Lecturer, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a first year computing course titled ‘IS122 – Information Systems II’.
    Project Status: Completed
  9. Sheikh Azid, Assistant Lecturer, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a first year Engineering course titled ‘EE102 – Fundamentals for Electrical and Electronics Engineering’. The course provides the basic fundamentals for electrical and electronics engineering. The course covers: electromagnetic fields and magnetic circuits, the basic laws of circuit theory, analysis of DC and AC circuits, two port networks, 3 phase circuits, electric energy and power, polyphase systems, and measurements of electrical quantities.
    Project Status: First draft complete
  10. Maurizio Cirricione, Professor, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to integrate OER into a third year Engineering course titled ‘EE323 – Digital Control Systems’. This course builds on analogue control system analysis and design. It covers the principles of sampled data systems and the digital implementation of controllers and compensators as well as the techniques needed to interface a plant or process to a digital computer based controller. Topics to be covered include fundamentals of digital control, classical control analysis and design, and state space analysis and design. It establishes a foundation for advanced digital control systems.
    Project Status: Completed

Category 2 – Develop new courses using OER and/or free library materials

  1. Jacob Mati, Assistant Lecturer, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to develop a Post Graduate Engineering course titled ‘SO415: Contemporary Social Issues’ using only OER and/or free library materials.
    Project Status: Completed
  2. Maurizio Cirricione, Professor, School of Engineering & Physics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to develop a Post Graduate Engineering course titled ‘Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks (PostGraduate)’ using only OER and/or free library materials. The course proposes several neural networks, all endowed with a complete theory that not only explains their behavior, but also compares them with the existing neural and traditional algorithms. EXIN neurons, which are of the authors’ invention, are introduced, explained, and analyzed. Further, it studies the algorithms as a differential geometry problem, a dynamic problem, a stochastic problem, and a numerical problem. It demonstrates the novel aspects of its main theory, including its applications in computer vision and linear system identification. The project shows both the derivation of the TLS EXIN from the MCA EXIN and the original derivation.
    Project Status: Completed

Category 3 – Author an OER textbook

  1. Sheemal Shivanjani Prasad, Facilitator, College of Business, Tourism & Hospitality, Pacific TAFE
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘CEA41 – Financial Reporting for Non-Reporting Entity‘. The OER textbook would be cost effective for students at the University of the South Pacific . The textbook will includes topics about VAT (Value Added Tax) System of Fiji (local) and other Legislation needed to make it relevant for students studying as skill Based qualification.
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  2. Parijata Moeava, Facilitator, College of Business, Tourism & Hospitality, Pacific TAFE
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘CETH 47 – Events II’. The aim is to create a textbook that is cost effective for the University as well as for the students. It is also very difficult to find a suitable text book that covers Events on a skill based level hence this is an ideal opportunity to write a text using OER as well as industry experience along with the text contents to create a more efficient and tailored textbook. Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  3. Aidan Delaney, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The project will deliver a core textbook and a set of interactive examples for the course title ‘CS111 – Introduction to Computing Science’. The core textbook will cover aspects of computer ethics, the history of programming and the C++ programming language. We wish to empower students to use the course materials in a manner that improves their personal learning journey.
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  4. Rup Singh, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘EC301 – Macroeconomic Analysis’. The current textbook costs around FJ$170 and so an OER textbook will enable students to save on education cost.
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  5. Dinesh Kumar, Assistant Lecturer, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘IS122 – Information Systems II’.
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  6. Anand Chand, Professor, School of Management & Public Administration, Faculty of Business and Economics
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘MG315 – Industrial Relations Theory and Policy’. 
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  7. Dinesh Rao, Lecturer, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘ST130 – Basic Statistics’.
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  8. MGM Khan, Associate Professor, School of Computing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘ST131 – Introduction to Statistics’.
    Project Status: Completed | Repository Link: PDF
  9. Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education
    The project draws together renown experts in different fields of Environmental Law and its application in the Pacific, each of whom will contribute a chapter on one thematic area of Environmental Law from a Pacific Islands perspective.
    Project Status: Completed, awaiting details from journal publisher.
  10. Joeli Veitayaki, Associate Professor, School of Marine Studies, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
    The applicant plans to author an OER textbook for the course titled ‘MS101 – Introduction to Ocean Resources Management’.
    Project Status: In Progress

Category 4 – Other Projects

  1. Rona Finiasi, Multimedia Developer, Centre for Flexible Learning
    Having interactive multimedia resources released under the OER would be a great asset particularity in the area of Engineering. The project will focus on development of interactive multimedia that will use the contents of EE366 – Wireless Communications & Networks (text, images and other resources).
    Project Status: Completed
  2. Anita Jowitt, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education
    The project will see the development of the the Legal Referencing Guidebook which would serve as essential references for students throughout their degree.
    Project Status: In Progress

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