ERIC Number: ED452799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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From Genesis to Infinity or from 0 to 50,000 Online Students in 2 Years.
Weiss, April; Kennedy, Paul
In 2 years, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) set up an online learning system for 50,000 students. The development of the RMIT Distributed Learning System has taken the University from a cottage industry model to a fully fledged enterprise system for flexible online learning, integrated with the University's student administration system and capable of integration with the PeopleSoft student system when it goes live. This paper reviews the infrastructure and basic services required for this level of growth. First, a background is briefly sketched, followed by a list of initial design objectives for the distributed learning system (DLS). The DLS was built and deployed in four phases. Each of these phases is described. RMIT is simultaneously implementing four enterprise systems in parallel, with intention to integrate them during 2001. These four systems are described. The rollout of the DLS brought into sharp focus the problems of deploying an enterprise system across a large intranet in which could be found non-standard servers, different versions of network software, and variations in configuration of the network software. The parallel information technology (IT) infrastructure refurbishment is outlined, and outcomes including the success of the program are discussed. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Distance Education, Educational Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Online Systems
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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