Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality presents several cases of international online education and the rhetoric that surrounds this form of teaching and learning. Editor Alison A. Carr-Chellman examines the impact of online distance education throughout the world in an effort to understand more deeply the merits of such initiatives. Written from a critical perspective, the book sheds light on some of the problems faced by international distance educators. It particularly focuses on who benefits, and who does not, by the advance of international e-learning and how we can respond to the needs of the disenfranchised. This book is intended to supplement what has to this point been largely a positive, how-to literature in distance education. It offers a balanced perspective on the problems and possibilities of distance education worldwide.

Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring up schools?

Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring up schools?

Canada's SchoolNet: Wiring up schools?
Leslie ReganShade and Diane YvonneDechief

With the rapid rise in prominence of the Internet during the 1990s, most industrialized nations developed policies and programs promoting public access to the Internet in order to ameliorate the emerging “digital divide” that threatened to undermine social solidarity. In Canada, this was pursued most visibly through the federal “Connecting Canadians” agenda, led by Industry Canada. Its goal was to make Canada the most “connected nation on Earth,” notably through its SchoolNet, Community Access (CAP), and LibraryNet programs.

SchoolNet, established in 1994 to increase “connectivity” to public schools across Canada, was one of the earliest federal government projects in support of access to what was then dubbed the “information highway.” Its mandate—to work ...

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