IT’S been five years since Steve Rowe discovered the online future of education.
That was when the Southern Cross University auditing lecturer saw a new online teaching system, called Elluminate, demonstrated at a conference and began championing it. The university is now using the program to pioneer new ways of doing distance education.
The program lets remote students listen to lectures, talk to each other and their teacher and even work on shared programs.
Mr Rowe said online experience would improve dramatically under the National Broadband Network.
However, looking forward towards 2036, Mr Rowe said improved broadband and technology could see a greater shift in online teaching.
Training programs, similar to Second Life (secondlife.com), could let students tour virtual workplaces and try the jobs they train for.