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Is online learning the way of the future??

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Is online learning the way of the future??
Online Learning - What is it??
Receiving an education without being face to face with a teacher.
It uses electronic devices to communicate with the teacher and to receive materials
Traditionally established to accommodate those in isolated areas, however it has grown to become a bigger thing!
Technology in Australia...
We are one of the leading developing countries and like to embrace new technology readily
However compared to other countries such as Asia, Australia is falling behind
Ranked at 42 for the average connection speed in the Asian Pacific region.
Sydney Distance Education Primary & High School
The Innovative leaders in Quality distance Education learning
A unique school aiding those who cannot attend standard schools
Education & Technology
A safe home environment while maintaining a close interaction with family
Maybe more attractive to younger generation who have grown up in the technical age
Tailored resources and programs
Greater variety of activities
Ability to refer back to information
Concerns or Issues:
Lack of access to counseling and behaviour modification for those with a disability
Motivation and Discipline
Rapid updates of online programs
No student teacher relationship
No social interactions with other peers
Why choose online learning??
May live in rural areas
Parents may have a career that requires a lot of travelling
May have medical conditions that prevents them from attending mainstream school
Behavioural problems may mean students find regular classrooms difficult to engage with
MOOCS! Massive online open course
Compared to Asia...
Singapore's Gov. have invested in computers & software technology plans since 1990's. Showing student's strong performance in all international comparison areas
South Korean students most digitally literate in comparison to their peers from across the world.
All printed materials and textbooks will be digitized by 2015
South Korean Government is planning to provide all schools with adequate wireless access, and students from low-income families will be provided with free tablet PCs
The Digital Education Reform Initiative
In 2008, the Australian Government committed more than $2.1 billion to the Digital Education Revolution (DER) initiative.
Aimed at improving the integration of information and communication technology (ICT)
Laptops were introduced to Year 9 students in all High Schools
Smart boards were fitted in most classrooms in Primary and High Schools
Schools providing a ratio of 1:1 access to computers for students in yr 9-12
This helps teachers plan more research based learning tasks


Bring you own computer/devices
Implemented after Gov. stopped giving free laptops to students
There is not enough funding for schools to provide the technology tools
BOYD implemented to encourage students to bring their own devices to help them study in classrooms
Where free online courses are available globally to anyone.
Provides access to a wide range of courses that are similar to courses offered by major universities.
The K-12 section are mostly tutor- based courses in maths, science English.
Highlights how technology is used to give a wide range of people access to education.
What is the impact of making courses free and readily available online??
The ethical issues with Moocs and whether the rise in online courses could lead to the loss of current university structures.
Who will be responsible for ensuring the courses meet certain standards of teaching.
Another example of online courses is

An education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

World’s leading research universities
Offer free online courses for professional development of teachers, students as well as a range of free courses available globally to learners.
More than 1.9 million people across the world are registered
Shows how to use technology better in class, tailor programs to individuals for effective learning
Enhances not only children's education but also Adults
Dedicated to enhancing use of technology in teaching methods and improving standard of higher educaiton

The Future...
Today many universities already are using online learning - e.g. Macquarie's ilearn
Students may struggle when transitioning to the work force
What does this mean for the future generation??
Is it a good thing to not have face to face teaching??
Had an increase in enrolment over last 3 years
Provide students with a comprehensive and complete range of educational experiences with a varied and global focus.
Students can study at their own pace
Provides personalised learning programs addressing the curriculum
There was much focus in developing e-learning strategies to meet the needs of diverse student population
Have a wide range of communication methods: Student portal website, email, drop box and can conduct lessons over the Skype platform

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