The blurring of on-campus and off-campus education: A position paper
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Information Science / Centre for Security Research
There was a time when an on-campus student gained his or her subject knowledge from attendance at lectures and primarily used this medium to assimilate and develop an understanding of the subject. Modern information systems have changed this and made information more accessible by alternative means (Chaimcrs & Fuller, 1996). This phenomenon is particularly evident in the fast-paced science fields taught in the School of Computing and Information Science (SCIS) at Edith Cowan University (BCU), Western Australia, Cross disciplinary and interdisciplinary units characterise the breadth of study opportunity in SCIS, with a diverse range of subjects (units), from computer networking, wireless systems, and computer forensics to library technology, information literacy, internet computing and medical informatics. It is within this context that a paradigm shift is occurring in the educational demographic of the student population, There is now little difference between the on-campus and off-campus students enrolled in SCIS or indeed between on-campus, off-campus and off-shore educational offerings. This shift has been driven by the change in technology which affects support of student learning, promotes educational benefits, and presents new educational challenges. These factors have prompted SCIS to develop an in-house courseware delivery system and supportive learning environment called eCourse.