The WebCT Discussion List and How it is Perceived

September 16, 2004

In many universities in Europe and North America, the use of face-to-face lectures combined with tutorials or workshops is regarded as the preferred, if not the only, delivery medium for materials. That has not been, and is not, the case in Australia. Some Australian universities had been previously designated as centres for distance education. These universities have delivered courses and programs to students, who cannot or choose not to attend face-to-face lectures, through correspondence programs for over 50 years. Using web-based technologies is of great interest to these institutions as it has the potential not only to improve the delivery and enhance students’ learning but also to reduce substantially the cost of distance delivery.

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