Voices from the distance: communicating the experience of remote education

Marchant, Jillian (2018) Voices from the distance: communicating the experience of remote education. Journal of Research in Open, Distance and eLearning. (In Press)

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Abstract

Despite significant progress in education practices, access issues remain for many Australian residents of areas with limited resources and infrastructure. Some individuals residing in marginalised areas are engaged with distance education due to technological progression and advances at education institutions. Understanding the educational attainment of distance education students is relevant for research and policy in order to appreciate their engagement and benefits from education. This study involves adult students who are residents in the rural areas of South Australia: offering them a chance to incorporate their voices in policy and research discussions about the beneficial aspects that support their education endeavours. To understand the support mechanisms for adult learners in rural communities, an inductive approach is used, including a case study methodology utilising semi-structured interviews. An analysis of reports about communities and education richly communicate learner experiences with aspects of distance education and reveal the support that they have encountered. Encouragingly, these reports identify an array of assist mechanisms that originate both within and outside of contributors local communities. Highlighting these mechanisms here assists an identification of the existing practices that promote successful outcomes for these marginalised adult students and further inform policy about equitable access. It is anticipated that further investigations, including those conducted in other rural settings may communicate the paths for continuing the expansion of both access and outcomes for distance learners.

Item ID: 44147
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2522-6134
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Paper presnted at the 2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University: Linking Open Learning and eLearning to Practice, 2-3 July 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 03:44
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education @ 25%
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