This paper reports on an investigation into the theoretical and practical phenomena surrounding 'interactive distance e-learning' following the introduction in New South Wales (NSW) and the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia of satellite-supported two-way broad-band internet services for school-age and adult distance education. This service is primarily provided to 'School of The Air' students (mostly students and parents on isolated farms, students and adults in isolated Aboriginal communities, and adults living in small towns seeking vocational education). School of the Air broadcasts students over 1,300,000 square kilometres. This paper reports on the background and pilot study as a precursor to further research investigating the relationships between the new technology, the participants and their educational needs, expectations and practices. The context is the expansion and reform of educational services to these communities.
International Networking for Educational Transformation, Online Conference, Series 2. General Papers, Week 4: New Technologies (online 6-12 June, 2005)