ERIC Number: ED476906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Online: Benefits and Barriers in Regional Australia. Volume 1 [and] Volume 2.
Kilpatrick, Sue; Bound, Helen
The benefits and barriers of online delivery of education and online learning in regional Australia were examined. Data on recent and current enrollments in online courses/modules were gathered from eight providers across four states. Nine courses were selected for more detailed analysis. Interviews were conducted with teachers, students, and other stakeholders in the nine courses. Selected findings were as follows: (1) there is a lack of consistent, comparable enrollment data for making resource allocation decisions; (2) online offerings vary significantly from provider to provider; (3) online delivery attracts a wide cross-section of students in terms of gender, age, and employment status; (4) online delivery provides otherwise unaffordable opportunities leading to careers and employment that would have otherwise required students to travel or move away from home; (5) factors limiting access to and success in online learning include the cost of hardware and software, lack of adequate infrastructure in regional/rural areas, poor design and layout of World Wide Web platforms, subject content that is difficult to explain online, lack of interaction with peers, and lack of an institutional learning culture. Changes in Australia's existing quality assurance systems, the resourcing of online delivery, and professional development practices were recommended. (Eighteen tables and 89 references are in Volume 1. Volume 2 provides reports of the case studies on eight courses, including Hospitality (operations) Certificate II, and Assessment and Workplace Training Certificate IV. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Adult Learning, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Regional Planning, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Stakeholders, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Improvement, Web Based Instruction
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Volume 1; Cat. no. 959; $25.30 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text (Volume 1): http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr1F03_1.pdf. For full text (Volume 2): http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr1F03_2.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia