Technology and Distance Education


  • Robert Walker Ariah Park Central School
  • Colin Boylan Charles Sturt University



technology, distance education, communication networks


Under the Distance Education Plan of the NSW Department of School Education, the provision of a full secondary education to rural students has been enhanced through the use of technology based communication networks. In the Riverina region of New South Wales, a pilot project linking three Central Schools into a cluster commenced in 1990. This pilot project is known as the Telematics Access Program and is similar to other projects in operation in Victoria and Queensland. Each school is linked to the other schools in the cluster by teleconference, fax and electronic blackboard computer facilities. Through the schools in the cluster sharing teacher expertise and using the technology to link students and teachers, a comprehensive Years 11 and 12 curriculum has been offered to these students. Students can select from 17 subjects currently available.



07-01-2020 — Updated on 01-03-1992


How to Cite

Walker, R., & Boylan, C. (1992). Technology and Distance Education. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2(1), 63–66. (Original work published January 7, 2020)

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