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Moodle Workshop @ Ba Campus

18 July 2019

For the first time since the inception of the Centre for Flexible & E-Learning (CFEL), a one day intensive introductory Moodle workshop was conducted at the Ba Campus for teaching staff on 15 July 2019. The ‘Getting Started & Involved with Moodle’ training covered the basic Resource vs. Activity functions of the learning management system. In the session, teachers were also given pointers about good practice habits for using the various Moodle tools to support their courses. Learning Technologist, Sania Chambers led the training facilitation.  Learning Designer, Alena Meo also highlighted the pedagogical aspects of why these Moodle tools were necessary, coming from a teaching background.  She also emphasized the importance of why new users should not be afraid of using technology as they were teaching in an era of millennial learners. Participants generally found the training useful and worthwhile for their teaching. The workshop facilitators enjoyed the breathtaking views of the FNU Ba Campus nestled on a hilltop, and were appreciative of the very accommodating staff members and campus coordinator, Mr. Nikleshwar Datt that made the visit over to Ba very enjoyable!

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FNU Ba Campus 15 July 2019.

MY EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

We pride ourselves in being Fiji’s only National University and the only ‘dual sector’ university offering both technical and vocational education and training (TVET), as well as a comprehensive range of higher education (H.E.) programmes from bachelors to doctoral programmes.

Our strong focus is preparing our students for successful careers after graduation, and we are constantly redesigning and refreshing our programs.  We look forward to your contribution in building our brand – “New Skills, Practical Experience, Real Opportunities”, here at The Fiji National University.

As employees of the University, one –

  • Is expected to be present at work as required, and can only be absent from work with proper authorization.
  • Must refrain from allowing personal relationships adversely affect the performance of official duties.
  • Is required to handle personal information with care and respect, and not discriminate against, or harass client or colleagues because of their gender, marital status, ethnicity, disability, or views on religion, or any other personal protected or social characteristics defined in HR Policy No. HR-29.

We, as employees, are expected to conduct our professional and personal activities in a manner that does not adversely reflect upon the reputation of the University.

To achieve compliance, one's professional and personal behavior must conform to the highest acceptable standards of ethical, moral and professional behavior. Behaving ethically means:

  • Acting legally and with integrity
  • Being honest
  • Acting within one’s authority, knowledge and expertise
  • Being polite and helpful to all students, colleagues, and those seeking services from the University 
  • Making decisions based on merits 
  • Respecting privacy and confidentiality 
  • Working efficiently and effectively to the best of one’s ability
  • Working within the policies of the University 
  • Always treating the interest of University as paramount, and 
  • Other behaviors, which are acceptable internationally as ethical

My Benefits & Remunerations

The University recognises that all employees need periods of rest from work in order for the employees to function efficiently.  For more details, refer to HR Policy HR-18.

Provided in the table below are the leave entitlements that are granted to employees in compliance with the Employee Relations Act (ERA)

Type of Leave

Submit Application on:-

Application Submission Timeline:

ANNUAL LEAVE

Online – ESS

(Employee Self-Service)

At least 10 working days prior to commencement of leave.

SICK LEAVE:-

-  Outpatient with/out medical certificate.

- Inpatient

- Online – ESS

- n/a

- Upon resumption of duty.

- A medical certificate must be produced to HR-Compensation & Benefits as soon as employee is admitted in hospital.

FAMILY CARE LEAVE

- Online - ESS

Within 24hrs on commencement of employee’s leave.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

- Online – ESS

Within 24hrs on commencement of employee’s leave.

MATERNITY LEAVE

- n/a

A medical certificate must be produced to HR Compensation & Benefits with indication of the baby’s date of delivery.

PATERNITY LEAVE

- n/a

A medical certificate must be produced to HR Compensation & Benefits with indication of the baby’s date of delivery.

PART-TIME STUDY LEAVE

- Online – ESS

At least 10 working days prior to commencement of study leave.

Note - This leave will be activated by HR on ESS.

FULL-TIME STUDY LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

At least 3 months prior to commencement of study leave.

(refer to Study benefits table)

SABBATICAL LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

- At least 30 days prior to commencement of sabbatical leave Overseas;

- At least 15 days prior to commencement of sabbatical leave within Fiji.

CONFERENCE LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

- At least 30 days prior to commencement of conference leave Overseas;

- At least 20 working days prior to commencement of conference leave within Fiji.

STAFF INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

- At least 30 days prior to commencement of full-time industrial attachment leave;

- At least 10 working days prior to commencement of part-time industrial attachment.

Salaried workers are established employees who are paid an annual salary, which covers remuneration for employment for an entire year. 

  • Salaries paid by the University are determined on the basis of the salary for the benchmarked rank and point. All positions, ranks and points in the teaching employee streams are pegged at the 100% professor salary band.
  • Annually, individual wages and salaries would move according to the annual employee appraisal outcomes, and the ability of the University to pay, as provided in the employee appraisal policy.
  • All timesheets and other pay documents, including those relating to fees payable to visiting lecturers/professors or researchers, exam supervisors, tutors, moderators will be in a form prescribed in Financial Policies and procedures.

The Director Finance is responsible for all payments of salaries and wages to all staff including payment of other fringe benefits.  However, instructions for any payment / cessations to staff will come from the Director Human Resources.

  • Salary pay-out is done on fortnightly basis and is paid out to employee’s respective bank accounts.
  • Payslips can be accessed from employee’s ESS portal

Enquiries on tax deductions, salary short-falls, and deductions can be directed to the Payroll sections at Finance Division: email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone ext.: 2970

Medical Insurance Benefits

Allowances as stated in HR Policy: HR-16 is to ensure that employees are covered when undertaking official duties.

The following allowances are payable to employees on specific needs basis:-

  • Transfer Allowance
  • Mileage Allowance
  • Meal Allowance
  • Subsistence Allowance
  • Traditional Obligation Allowance
  • Acting Allowance
  • Responsibility Allowance

The University does not provide any relocation allowance or home passage allowances/payments.  Further details are provided in HR Policy #: HR-15.

The Meal and Rest Period policy (HR-33) encourages FNU employees to take meal and rest breaks at times and under conditions prescribed by management, to meet employees' dietary / health needs, and to rest and relax periodically from assigned work tasks. 

What are my contact hours at work?

Employees in the Higher Education (H.E.) stream are given contact teaching load, on average, 16 hours per week during the teaching terms. Employees in this stream are required to participate in activities that generate advances in knowledge hence the remaining hours are given for research, publications, and consultation.

Employees in the TVET and Teaching/Training-only stream have the singular responsibility of teaching and training. They are required to devote their entire working time to teaching and/or training students. Their contact hours are 28 per week, and they are required to work for 48 weeks per year. (web link to HR Policy online: HR-13, sub-sectn. 5.6.)

How long can I take a meal period?

Unless the employment contract states otherwise, non-compensable meal periods of at least 30 minutes, but not more than 60 minutes are provided for employees and should be taken after no more than 5 continuous hours of work. (web link to HR Policy online: HR-33, sub-sectn.3.2., 4.)

How many rest periods am I entitled to? (web link to HR Policy online: HR-33, sub-sectn. 3.2. – 3.6.)

  • Employees are entitled to a 15-minute rest period after each continuous 2½ hours of work;
  • A maximum of 2 rest periods are permitted per day.
  • For employees in the Support Services stream who work more than 12 continuous hours in a day - are entitled to a rest period of 2 hours the next consecutive working day, provided they have received permission from their Supervisor.
        o This rest period is not available for work that precedes a non-working day.
  • For full-time employees in the teaching stream (Higher Education / TVET) - the rest periods are flexible.

Employees shall be relieved of duties entirely during the meal period. They shall normally not be required to consume food at their workstation (or, for teaching staff - in classrooms) except under special conditions approved by their Managers.

Professional Development & Training Benefits

“While the University encourages employees to continue studies, undertaking any study may have an impact on the productivity of any employee. As such any full-time employee wishing to undertake a formal programme of study, whether for credit or not, whether funded by the University or not, and whether through face-to-face or online/distance mode, shall seek approval for such studies through the prescribed forms.” (HR Policy #: HR-08)

Table below provides the type of Study benefits that employees can apply for. Applications are to be submitted to the employee’s respective College / Division Executive Officer.

Study Benefit Type:

Who qualifies to apply?

Entitlement:

Application Guides

Application Submission Timeline:

PART-TIME STUDY

Full-time employees on 3 years contracts or above.

- Part-Time Study Leave
- 100% Tuition Reimbursement

CheckList, Guide, Forms – PTStudy

At least 1 week prior to enrolment into programme/course/unit(s)

FULL-TIME STUDY

Full-time employees on 3 years contracts or above

- Full-time study leave
- Education Allowances

CheckList, Guide, Forms – FTStudy

At least 3 months prior to commencement of study leave date.

FAMILY MEMBERS – 1 spouse + 3 children

Full-time employees on at least 1 year contract or above

- 75% Subsidy on tuition fees.
- Programme of study is not a ‘self-funding programme’

CheckList, Guide, Forms – 75% Subsidy (family)

Upon enrolment of family member to the programme/course/unit(s) each term.

“The training and development of employees is an important aspect for consideration and inclusion in College/Divisional Strategic Plans. In setting goals and performance standards, managers must consider the availability of skills and the extent to which training may be necessary for the realisation of specific outcomes.” (HR Policy#: HR-41, sub-sectn. 1.3)

Application Type:

Who qualifies to apply?

Entitlement:

Application Guides

Application Submission Timeline:

EXTERNAL TRAINING NOMINATION

       

INTERNAL TRAINING NOMINATION

       

SABBATICAL LEAVE

       

CONFERENCE LEAVE

       

STAFF INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT

       

OUTSIDE WORK

       

The Fiji National University (FNU) has transformed its libraries over the years from book repositories to open learning commons, where students can work in groups using online learning materials.

FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey highlighted this at the first-ever Library Resource Exhibition underway at Nasinu Campus.

“We started a journey to transform our libraries and redesigned them so that we make better use of the physical space that was being freed up to create social learning commons,” Professor Healey said.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

My obligations to the university and its students

We pride ourselves in being Fiji’s only National University and the only ‘dual sector’ university offering both technical and vocational education and training (TVET), as well as a comprehensive range of higher education (H.E.) programmes from bachelors to doctoral programmes.
Our strong focus is preparing our students for successful careers after graduation, and we are constantly redesigning and refreshing our programs. We look forward to your contribution in building our brand – “New Skills, Practical Experience, Real Opportunities”, here at The Fiji National University.
My obligations to the university and its students

As employees of the University, one –
• is expected to be present at work as required, and can only be absent from work with proper authorization.
• must refrain from allowing personal relationships adversely affect the performance of official duties.
• is required to handle personal information with care and respect, and not discriminate against, or harass client or colleagues because of their gender, marital status, ethnicity, disability, or views on religion, or any other personal protected or social characteristics defined in HR Policy No. HR-29.

Our professionalism at work

We, as employees, are expected to conduct our professional and personal activities in a manner that does not adversely reflect upon the reputation of the University.
To achieve compliance, one's professional and personal behavior must conform to the highest acceptable standards of ethical, moral and professional behavior. Behaving ethically means:
• Acting legally and with integrity
• Being honest
• Acting within one’s authority, knowledge and expertise
• Being polite and helpful to all students, colleagues, and those seeking services from the University
• Making decisions based on merits
• Respecting privacy and confidentiality
• Working efficiently and effectively to the best of one’s ability
• Working within the policies of the University
• Always treating the interest of University as paramount, and
• Other behaviors, which are acceptable internationally as ethical

My Benefits & Remunerations

Leave Benefits

The University recognises that all employees need periods of rest from work in order for the employees to function efficiently.  For more details, refer to HR Policy HR-18.

Provided in the table below are the leave entitlements that are granted to employees in compliance with the Employee Relations Act (ERA)

Type of Leave

Submit Application on:-

Application Submission Timeline:

ANNUAL LEAVE

Online – ESS

(Employee Self-Service)

At least 10 working days prior to commencement of leave.

SICK LEAVE:-

-  Outpatient with/out medical certificate.

- Inpatient

- Online – ESS

- n/a

- Upon resumption of duty.

- A medical certificate must be produced to HR-Compensation & Benefits as soon as employee is admitted in hospital.

FAMILY CARE LEAVE

- Online - ESS

Within 24hrs on commencement of employee’s leave.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

- Online – ESS

Within 24hrs on commencement of employee’s leave.

MATERNITY LEAVE

- n/a

A medical certificate must be produced to HR Compensation & Benefits with indication of the baby’s date of delivery.

PATERNITY LEAVE

- n/a

A medical certificate must be produced to HR Compensation & Benefits with indication of the baby’s date of delivery.

PART-TIME STUDY LEAVE

- Online – ESS

At least 10 working days prior to commencement of study leave.

Note - This leave will be activated by HR on ESS.

FULL-TIME STUDY LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

At least 3 months prior to commencement of study leave.

(refer to Study benefits table)

SABBATICAL LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

-          At least 30 days prior to commencement of sabbatical leave Overseas;

-          At least 15 days prior to commencement of sabbatical leave within Fiji.

CONFERENCE LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

-          At least 30 days prior to commencement of conference leave Overseas;

-          At least 20 working days prior to commencement of conference leave within Fiji.

STAFF INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT LEAVE

Manual Leave Form

-          At least 30 days prior to commencement of full-time industrial attachment leave;

-          At least 10 working days prior to commencement of part-time industrial attachment.

CBHTS Moodle Refresher

12 July 2019

Semester 2, 2019 commenced with more 'just in time' Moodle training for teachers at FNU. This time it was the College of Business, Hospitality & Tourism Studies (CBHTS). 16 participants representing all Schools at CBHTS undertook the workshop as a follow-up to introductory Moodle sessions held prior to the first semester this year.  Conditional release activities were again used by the Learning Technologist, Ralph Buadromo and Learning Designer, Flora Bentley facilitating the workshop to ensure a reasonable pace. CBHTS has engaged CFEL for the next four weeks to facilitate their professional development plan for staff upskilling in the areas of: Basic and advanced Moodle tools, Turnitin and online marking using the Moodle gradebook, ePortfolio awareness using Mahara, and Blended course development for upcoming blended course offerings at CBHTS. Every Friday from 12 July has been scheduled with the team at CFEL to facilitate these sessions.

CBHTSmoodle
Participants from CBHTS at the Moodle refresher workshop at Nasinu Campus held on 12 July 2019.

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