Australia - Digital Economy - E-Education


Education is seen as one of the key sectors that will benefit from developments in the digital economy, but so far the results of adaptation have been mixed. While new ICT gear has entered the classroom it is being used within the traditional classroom learning system. In order to fully utilise these new technologies a true sector transformation will need to take place.

Good examples can be seen in developing economies where there are little or no traditional systems in place. There, for example, children are using smartphone apps and the internet to bypass these traditional systems and are basically using the new technology for self-education. Schools are then adapting to these new circumstances. Freely available educational material from many school and university websites around the world is assisting this development.

It is most unlikely that the traditional education system will be able to cater for the massive requirements that lie ahead of society in relation to the rapid changes in skill and knowledge requirements. Digital adaptation will be needed to break through the old structures.

Perhaps far more threatening are the many social and economic changes that are taking place in society. Not only is the traditional education system ill-equipped for this transformational process, the costs involved in running such a system are simply no longer economically viable.

The use of IT and telecommunications technology within educational environments is set to further increase dramatically over the coming years as high-speed broadband becomes widely available in Australia. Simultaneously, the capability of internet services dedicated to e-education purposes is set to increase enormously over the next decade as well. Australia, with its large landmass and relatively small population, is an ideal market for remote education services, and as such Australia is home to many successful e-education service providers, as well as being a relatively important export market for e-education services.

Rather than addressing the education system by making it more expensive, government policies should be directed to make the system more efficient, e-education can play a key role in this.

Key developments:

AARNet upgrades fourth-generation cable infrastructure to facilitate 10Gb/s access to research institutions; National Broadband Network (NBN), e-education, e-learning, trans-sector, data usage, digital revolution, eBooks, iPads, iBooks, virtual classroom, online training, Notebooks, Think-pads, remote laptops, Massive Open Online course (MOOC), MySchool 2.0, Cloud9 Classroom.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Telstra, Cisco, TAFE, UNE, Australian Government, AARNet, Tecala Group, ideasLAB, Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), Libraries Australia, Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Education system will hit economic crisis point
    • 3.1 Education is not keeping up with social changes
    • 3.2 Economic costs will force the system to change
    • 3.3 Governments will be forced to stop costs spiralling out of control
  • 4. Trends and Developments in E-Education
    • 4.1 Will STEM and flipped classrooms lead the e-education transformation?
    • 4.2 NBN discovers ‘flipped classroom’
    • 4.3 Higher education institutions must differentiate themselves in the market
    • 4.4 Mobile learning
    • 4.5 ICT cutbacks hit education sector
    • 4.6 Education transformation will guide e-learning.
    • 4.7 Self-learning in developing economies
    • 4.8 Schools as platforms for individual learning
    • 4.9 E-Learning the story so far
  • 5. Education and the NBN
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Survey shows NBN important for education
    • 5.3 Analysis on e-education initiatives
    • 5.4 Improved outcomes via fast broadband
    • 5.5 The NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services program
    • 5.6 NBN education portal
    • 5.7 Virtual excursions from the classroom
    • 5.8 Tuition for new migrants using the NBN
    • 5.9 Online training and advice from TAFE
    • 5.10 EduOne - 2012
    • 5.11 Classrooms in the cloud
    • 5.12 ABC Splash
    • 5.13 Digital careers program
    • 5.14 National VET E-Learning Strategy
  • 6. E-education infrastructure initiatives
    • 6.1 Background
    • 6.2 National government policy
    • 6.3 Satellite boosting distance learning in NSW
    • 6.4 MySchool 2.0
    • 6.5 NSW schools get fast broadband
    • 6.6 AARNet’s e-learning pilot
    • 6.7 Broadband for Seniors
  • 7. E-education content in Australia
    • 7.1 Australia’s largest online library
    • 7.2 E-learning from Australian Computer Society (ACS)
    • 7.3 Media literacy
    • 7.4 Digital literacy program for adults
    • 7.5 Massive Open Online course (MOOC)
      • 7.5.1 Whole new meaning to distance education
      • 7.5.2 University of NSW
  • 8. Other E-education Trends and Developments
    • 8.1 Digital transformation of higher education
    • 8.2 Bring Your Own Device to school
    • 8.3 Devices driving ICT spending in education
    • 8.4 Education apps
    • 8.5 Health and e-education working to solve reading problems
  • 9. Global trends in e-education (separate global report)
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Estimated education and training revenue – 2012
  • Table 2 - Top 5 concerns/roadblocks for adopting mobile learning
  • Exhibit 1 – A snapshot on school education –

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Last updated 9 Mar 2016
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