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Accessing Computer-Facilitated Learning (CFL) materials across the higher education sector in Australia

McNaught, C., Phillips, R., Rossiter, D. and Winn, J. (1999) Accessing Computer-Facilitated Learning (CFL) materials across the higher education sector in Australia. In: AARE-NZARE 1999 Conference, 27 - 28 November 1999, Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale


This paper will report on the results of a DETYA-funded project which investigated the extent of use of computer-facilitated learning (CFL) materials across the higher education sector in Australia in order to determine overall trends. In addition, the project also investigated how an updated national inventory of such materials might be developed in the context of developing a strategy which could lead to a greater adoption of CFL materials in Australian higher education. The project highlighted ways in which a national inventory system might be made accessible to the higher education sector. It is hoped that this project will assist the in an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian higher education sector's use of CFL materials.

The study used a several methods, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods: online surveys, a literature survey, case studies and a series of vignettes.

The term computer-facilitated learning (CFL) is used to describe materials which use information technology in some way to facilitate teaching and learning, including: educational CD-ROMs; online course content materials; and the use of software for computer-mediated communication within a course.

The study explored issues which facilitated or mitigated against teachers being able to work in an environment which facilitates the adoption of CFL, in terms of:

appropriate policies, infrastructure and supports within the institution;
access to information about CFL resources; and
being able to work collaboratively both within and across institutions.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Teaching and Learning Centre
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Notes: Pre-conference workshop: Learning Technologies: Superhighway or Superhypeway?
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