ERIC Number: ED476907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
Online Learning on Location: Perspectives from Regional Australia.
Brennan, Roslin; Horton, Chris; McNickle, Cathy; Osborne, Janet; Scholten, Katie
Perspectives on online learning on location in regional Australia were examined through structured interviews with 46 learners, 23 teachers, 6 managers of flexible delivery activities, 4 organization chief executive officers, and focus groups with 20 online learners. The manager interviews established that although mangers viewed online delivery as a promising means of reaching more learners, strong linkages between organizations' business and strategic goals and their operational realities appeared to be missing. A significant number of teachers reported feeling isolated and under pressure in relation to their online delivery role. The main difficulty they cited was finding time to reflect on their practice and discuss it with other teaching professionals. The main barriers identified by learners were technology-related issues. The following remedies were suggested to overcome them: (1) improve regions' telephone infrastructure; (2) provide a better delivery system and more instruction for uses before and during their program; (3) offer classes for beginners to assess their readiness for online study and enhance their information and communication technology skills; and (4) provide greater support throughout courses and personal tutoring. (Thirteen tables/figures and 26 references are included. The document's 12 appendixes included the following items: various study-related correspondence and consent forms; the various interview and focus group questions; and details regarding the learner and teacher interviews.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Learning, Computer Literacy, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Online Courses, Postsecondary Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Institutes, Telecommunications, Two Year Colleges, Web Based Instruction
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 964; $34.65 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr1F04.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia