Going online: A review of policy, practice and emerging trends in school uses of online learning

Year: 2002

Author: Harriman, Susan

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Following the significant investment made by education systems and individual schools to introduce computer-based technologies to teaching and learning, the emphasis on online learning has appeared as a new wave of priority. Online learning practice is an emerging area, characterised by rapid growth, and driven by political, commercial and 'inevitability' pressures, both locally and internationally. Much is promised in terms of cost savings, collaborative benefits and flexible course provision, beyond even the promises surrounding the integration of computer-based technologies in general. The paper presents an appraisal of the developing range of practices occurring in NSW and at a national level, set against the emerging trends in recent literature from school-based studies.