The difficulties of Online Learning for Indigenous Australian Students Living in Remote Communities – it’s an Issue of Access

Anthony, Sarah and Keating, Michael S. (2013) The difficulties of Online Learning for Indigenous Australian Students Living in Remote Communities – it’s an Issue of Access. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 16 (2). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1556-3847

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Indigenous, Distance Education, Online, Australia
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2014 00:28
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2014 00:28
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/378

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