ERIC Number: ED396731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Determining the Scope of Online Delivery at a Traditional Research-based University.
In determining the scope of online delivery of programs currently being developed within the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne (Australia), a number of factors have been involved. Until recently, the traditional research focus at the University of Melbourne translated into little or scattered interest in developing programs for delivery by distance mode. In 1995, a professional development program for teachers designed to provide participants with an overview of current and emerging computer technologies was developed and was geared toward combating technophobia in teachers. It combined hands-on experience with assembling/disassembling hardware and a broad range of software applications from word processing to Web browsers. The University launched the Technology in Schools Program in 1996. It is partly concerned with providing the appropriate network support, provision of other information services, and access to University facilities. Some of the key factors which have facilitated the implementation of online delivery of teaching programs at the University are: the existence of a significant number of local enthusiasts; well-developed infrastructure; support from senior academics and policy makers; strategic planning; promotion of a "collegiate culture" by the new Vice Chancellor; and federal and state government initiatives. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Melbourne (Australia)
Note: In: Learning Technologies: Prospects and Pathways. Selected papers from EdTech '96 Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Educational Technology (Melbourne, Australia, July 7-10, 1996); see IR 017 931.