E-learning for isolated Australians has allowed them in their own words, to "open their eyes" to the rest of Australia, and the world. In 2003, students and families in rural and remote areas of Australia began to participate in interactive distance e-learning (via satellite) as part of their 'School of the Air' lessons. The students had previously been reliant on two-way radio. Now, for the first time, they saw their teachers, were able to watch demonstrations, and view video-clips, Powerpoint slides, close up images from a document camera, graphic illustrations and computer animations. Students and families were brought into contact with broader national and international events through ready access to the World Wide Web as well as "closer" access to each other through email and vision. Also for the first time, adults became learners through undertaking vocational training through e-learning. Satellite delivery is redefining educational opportunities, self-concepts and their place in the world for the participants in our research.
ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria June 30 - July 4, 2008) p. 64-73