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ERIC Number: ED562378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
From Radio, to Satellite, to M-Learning: Interactive Distance Education in Australia
Crump, Stephen
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Mobile Learning (Lisbon, Portugal, Mar 14-16, 2013)
This paper provides reflections on M-learning as a form of "distance education," based on a summary of the findings of the Interactive Distance e-Learning (IDL) research project in rural and remote Australia under an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. This project was a joint undertaking between 3 government agencies and an information technology service provider. The implementation of the IDL system to replace former School of the Air radio networks which traditionally supported distance education for school students living in remote NSW and the NT began in 2003 and was completed in 2012. IDL provides satellite-supported two-way broadband voice, Internet and one-way video for school age and adult distance education and is moving towards m-Learning trials for some delivery centres. The education and training outcomes offer genuine hope to the thousands of participants spread across remote areas of NSW and the NT, allowing them to participate more fully, more meaningfully, and more productively at home, work and in society, despite the tangible difficulties and complexities of living in regional or rural Australia. [For the full proceedings, see ED562140.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia