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Factors influencing the widespread adoption of E-learning in tertiary education

Phillips, R. (2004) Factors influencing the widespread adoption of E-learning in tertiary education. In: 3rd International e-Learning Workshop, 2004, Korea National Open University, Korea

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Educational Technology has evolved over the last decade. In the early 1990’s, the emphasis of educational technology was on interactive multimedia – stand alone packages on computer hard disks or CD-ROMs, which integrated a range of media forms. As the internet evolved in the mid- to late 1990’s, the focus shifted to largely text-based material available to anyone with appropriate access to it. Currently, with improvements in technology and bandwidth, fully interactive multimedia capabilities are available on the internet, and the focus is on learning objects rather than monolithic applications. At the same time, web-based learning management systems arose, and evolved into enterprise information systems. None of these changes have been driven by educational factors.

While educational technology will continue to evolve, the hardware, software and network infrastructure is sufficiently mature that the focus should shift to how to use the technology most appropriately to facilitate learning. This leads us into a discussion of the factors which influence the widespread adoption of e-learning.

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