Online Learning in Australia - Connections, Partnerships and Successes

Michelle Eady, Contact North, Apr 08, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Comprehensive report on the state of e-learning in Australia, authored from an outsider's perspective. Well-written and clear, this excellent report should not be missed. The report is structured around two case studies: distance learning for universities in Australia through Open Universities Australia; and distance learning support for colleges and training institutes through eWorks. Open Universities Australia (OUA) is a $70 million for-profit consortium that offers a single point of access to university courses offered by consortium members via Blackboard or some other LMS. The consortium also maintains a Centre for Online Learning Excellence. eWorks, meanwhile, is composed of 140 partner organizations comprise and supports the Learning Object Repository Network (LORN). "The success of LORN relies on standards compliance by every state and territory. Every collection must comprise 40% free content. "e-Standards for Training" sets out agreed standards in design, development, packaging and downloading."
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