The most authoritative survey of tertiary education services made available online was completed in December 2001 by the Department for Education, Science and Training (DEST). Data from 40 of Australia’s 43 universities was collected in the second half of 2001 and presented at the end of the year. The key queries concerned how many:
Online courses – all units and interaction between staff and students fully online;
Online units – some units and some interaction conducted online;
Online services – university services for students accessible online.
The survey revealed that 23 of the 40 responding universities (57.5%) offered online courses, with teen of the 23 offering undergraduate courses, and all 23 offering postgraduate courses.
See also: Australia – Tele-education.
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