Preparing for the classrooms of tomorrow
As Australia prepares to become a leading digital economy, it’s vital that our education system is equipped to deal with future skills and the future demands of students. The Australian Government has recognised that Australia requires people with high-quality skills to maintain its long-term economic and social prosperity. Skills Australia has also outlined the need to increase tertiary sector enrolments (which include VET by at least 3 per cent per year over the next 15 years).
The NBN plays an important role in the digital economy by providing high-speed broadband to every student, no matter there they live. The Australian Government has committed that, by the end of the NBN rollout, all schools, TAFEs, universities and higher education institutions will have the connectivity to extend access to online learning resources to the home, and the facilities to offer students, who cannot access specialist classes via traditional means, the opportunity for online virtual classes.
Based on international experience, the increased use of online learning enabled by high-speed broadband has the potential to increase the reach of education services, the availability of open education resources, and an improvement in education outcomes.
- Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning model has shown that online learning can substantially reduce the time required to learn a subject
- High school students attending Florida Virtual Schools outscored the states’ standardised assessment average by more than 15 per cent