ERIC Number: ED447354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The On-Line Experience: The State of Australian On-Line Education and Training Practices. Review of Research.
Harper, Barry; Hedberg, John; Bennett, Susan; Lockyer, Lori
The state of Australian online education and training practices was examined through a literature review and interviews. Special attention was paid to the following aspects of online vocational and technical education (VET) and technical and further education (TAFE): current online implementations; online teaching strategies; issues for online learners; resource implications; policy; evaluation and outcomes; and directions for further research. The review confirmed the embryonic nature of online delivery in Australia's VET and TAFE sectors. However, the evidence suggests that online delivery will begin to mature once innovators begin developing realistic, pedagogical and commercial models. Although significant online activities are evident in all of Australia's states and territories, online delivery in the VET sector has yet to become a mainstream activity. Publications on designing, developing, and evaluating online learning environments are lacking, as is information about learners' experience and needs in the online mode. Although many institutions have begun developing mechanisms for preparing and supporting online learners and have published policies on online delivery of education and training, few have taken the next step of formalizing their approaches to online delivery. (The bibliography lists 65 references. A list of nine organizational sources and the interview protocol are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adjustment (to Environment), College Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Educational Trends, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Human Resources, Instructional Design, Internet, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Online Systems, Open Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Role, Technical Institutes, Training Methods, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Universities, Vocational Education, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).