Bringing people together while learning apart: Creating online learning environments to support the needs of rural and remote students

Mitchell Parkes, Sue Gregory, Peter Fletcher, Rachael Adlington, Nicolas Gromik

Abstract


This paper has presented an analysis of the perceptions and actions of five Information Communication Technology (ICT) Education lecturers, at the University of New England (UNE), concerning issues associated with the online teaching to students in rural and remote areas. The authors reflect upon the strategies that support these models and discuss how these may in turn provide students with firsthand experiences to develop transferable skills and knowledge to create their own motivating and engaging online learning activities and environments.

Key words: Rural education, online teaching, online engagement

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