Interactive Distance E-learning for Isolated Communities

Started and Finishing the Jigsaw


  • Stephen Crump University of New Castle
  • Colin Boylan Charles Sturt University



interactive learning, distance education, e-learning, satellite connectivity


This paper provides information on the background to the two pilot investigations into'interactive distance e-learning' [IDeL] following the introduction in New South Wales and in the Northern Territory of Australia of satellite-supported two-way broad-band internet services for school-age and adult distance education. The context is the expansion and reform of educational services to these communities. The IDeL service is provided to 'School of the Air' students and parents on isolated stations, remote schools, students and adults in isolated Aboriginal communities, and adults on isolated properties or living in small towns seeking vocational education. The shift to satellite delivery of distance education allows teachers and students to communicate using realtime video, shared computer applications, graphics, audio-conferencing, online chat, and email.




How to Cite

Crump, S. ., & Boylan, C. (2008). Interactive Distance E-learning for Isolated Communities: Started and Finishing the Jigsaw. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 18(2), 1–25.

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