ERIC Number: EJ1018808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Difficulties of Online Learning for Indigenous Australian Students Living in Remote Communities--It's an Issue of Access
Anthony, Sarah G.; Keating, Michael S.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v16 n2 Fall 2013
Online learning and new technologies are driving a trend in worldwide education that is not only gaining momentum, it is becoming a juggernaut. While the positives for online learning are clear and are often being touted by Universities and Vocational Education and Training providers as a panacea for educational access, what is not clear is the potential negatives for those who cannot reasonably be expected to engage with online learning. Through a review of current literature and research findings, this paper discusses the difficulties of online learning for Indigenous Australian students living in remote communities who do not have adequate access to online learning technologies. This paper proposes the idea that this seemingly reasonable trend towards increased online learning will in fact be hugely detrimental to this section of Australian society and will see the potential for a widening of the gap in education.
Descriptors: Access to Education, Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Indigenous Populations, Access to Computers, Access to Information, Rural Areas, Literature Reviews, Educational Research, Disadvantaged Environment, Handheld Devices, Open Education, Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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