University plans online classes ahead of quarantine

The National University of Samoa is preparing their students for home learning and online classes, should the Government implement a total lock down that will close schools.

Working with Bluesky Samoa, the institution has given out free sim cards with free data to students so they can create what they call a “moodle” account, a platform to be used by lecturers and students to do their online classes.

"The sim card contains 2GB for students to use in case the lock down becomes effective," a Bluesky official told the Samoa Observer.

 "This is to avoid the disruption of classes again. And whenever the students top up $5 tala or more, they will get 1GB for free."

The distribution of sim cards were done at the foyer at the National University of Samoa. Students were given the opportunity to uplift them from 9am to 3pm on Friday.

"We are here to get our sim cards," says Priscilla Vaai. "We already have our moodle account but we need that sim card because we can access moodle for free."

Ms. Vaai is a Faculty of Arts Foundation student.

"With regards to connection, it will be a good one since Bluesky will soon be switched to Vodafone. So we can access our moodle accounts without worrying about the service," she said.

The online class set up is among the steps taken by the university as a precautionary measure, should the Government decide to implement a total lock down.



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