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Barbour, Michael; Siko, Jason – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Historically, primary and secondary distance education in New Zealand has focused on providing opportunities for rural students. With the advent of Tomorrow's Schools in 1989, the need for rural schools to compete with urban schools in terms of their curricular offerings was one reason for creating e-learning clusters that would eventually become…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Electronic Learning, Secondary Schools, Virtual Classrooms
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Barbour, Michael; Bennett, Carolyn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) provides schools, particularly those in rural and remote areas, with the opportunity to cooperate to expand curricular offerings for their students. Each school that participates in a VLN cluster contributes at least one course delivered by an e-teacher, allowing member schools access to any course offered…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Rural Areas
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Powell, Allison; Barbour, Michael – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
In 2006 the North American Council for Online Learning surveyed the activity and policy relating to primary and secondary e-learning, which they defined as online learning, in a selection of countries. They found most were embracing e-learning delivery of education as a central strategy for enabling reform, modernising schools, and increasing…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Electronic Learning