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The national broadband network and the challenges of creating connectivity in education: The case of Tasmania


Stack, S and Watson, J and Abbott-Chapman, J, The national broadband network and the challenges of creating connectivity in education: The case of Tasmania, Ausralasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29, (2) pp. 283-302. ISSN 1449-5554 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14742/ajet.122


Tasmania, one of the first locations to have communities connected to the national broadband network (NBN), provided the context within which to ask significant questions about the implications of the NBN for all levels and sectors of education. This paper reports findings from a research project that developed innovative methodology to explore the issues with 21 respondents categorised as "leaders" in the field of information and communication technology in education. The aim of the research was to conduct an audit of actual and planned implementation of new technologies in classroom teaching through in-depth interviews, to assess challenges faced in implementation and to facilitate dialogue between leaders in disparate education areas through provision of forums online and face-to-face. In this way the action research both contributed to an understanding of issues and acted as a change agent in stimulating the sharing of new approaches to what turned out to be a set of highly complex "wicked" problems. Resulting models using a causal layered approach demonstrate that whereas the NBN did not become the immediate solution to connectivity for these leaders, it provided the motivation to consider what a connected educational environment could be like.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stack, S (Dr Sue Stack)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, J (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
ID Code:85489
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-11
Last Modified:2017-11-10

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