Internet access technology and the learning experience

Kist, Alexander A. (2012) Internet access technology and the learning experience. In: 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition: Spurring Big Ideas in Education (ASEE 2012), 10-13 Jun 2012, San Antonio, TX,. United States.

Abstract

Internet-based technologies are now commonplace in support of learning, whether the students are remote from campus or not. Many factors impact on student experience of these systems, such as the design of the learning experience, the attributes and experience of the learners, but also technical performance. Access speed, geographic location and network traffic all affect how students interact with the technology and hence the learning experience. Internet access options in Australia differ considerably between metro and rural/remote areas; effectively marking a digital divide. The National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide 'superfast broadband' access to all premises in Australia. This study investigates whether the NBN will overcome or entrench the digital divide in the context of online learning tools. This paper discusses how learning experience relates to technical performance parameters and contrasts this information with key parameters of the NBN. The study suggests that a digital divide will remain for locations that have to rely on satellite Internet access, even once the NBN has been deployed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright: American Society for Engineering Education, 2012. Paper AC 2012-5258.
Depositing User: Dr Alexander Kist
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 00:05
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education; NBN; national broadband network; remote access; internet speed
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21692

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