The University of the South Pacific’s focus on Program Level RSD Implementation and Link to Pacific Consciousness
The next Research Skills Development (RSD) workshop at The University of the South Pacific in Fiji will focus on using the RSD Framework for promoting Pacific Consciousness and greater program level coherence of research skills across courses. The RSD workshop will be conducted by John Willison (University of Adelaide) on 26th and 27th of November 2015 in Suva, Fiji. The workshop participants will comprise of academic staff that have been implementing RSD in their courses, mainly members of the ‘USP RSD Community of Practice’ that was launched on 9th of September this year.
The RSD Framework is implemented in Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level courses at The University of the South Pacific. Implementation of RSD was initiated in 2012 with the first year Undergraduate generic courses ‘UU100 Communication and Information Literacy’ and ‘UU114 English for Academic Purposes’. Following this, RSD was implemented in the second year Undergraduate generic courses ‘UU200 Ethics and Governance’ and ‘UU204 Pacific Worlds’, and in the first year discipline based courses during 2013. Second year discipline based Undergraduate courses commenced implementation of RSD in 2014 and some third year Undergraduate courses have begun implementation in 2015.
Simultaneous to implementation at Undergraduate level, RSD has been implemented in the core postgraduate level courses from year 2013, starting from a core Science postgraduate course and expanding to include more disciplines over the last 3 years.
Program level conversations on RSD implementation were initiated at the workshops in December 2014 and April 2015, with progress noted during the workshops in September 2015. The next workshop is expected to delve further into program level implementation for coherence in research skill development across courses in the degree. Furthermore, it is critical to link the use of the RSD Framework to development of Pacific Consciousness at The University of the South Pacific which serves students in 14 campuses located across 12 member countries in the region.
For further information on RSD implementation at The University of the South Pacific, refer to http://www.research.usp.ac.fj/rsd