EEL422 Online Impacts on Distance Education (4)

Distance education was already well established when the internet became public. Pre-internet distance education was constrained by the limitations of its three main modes of communication: correspondence, audio-only, and audio-visual. The online environment provided an avenue to extend those modes of communication, resulting in synchronous and asynchronous forms of educational/training delivery. This subject will examine the ubiquitous nature of networked and mobile technologies and social media in the business, government and education sectors and the opportunities they provide for access and innovation. Discussion covers various issues, problems, and solutions related to online learning, professional development and credentialing.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must enrol in, and complete, both EEL421 and EEL422 within the same session.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply a set of theoretical frameworks to select contextually-appropriate learning technologies in distance education;
  • be able to critique a range of formal and informal online learning environments, including e-learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, instructional software, and social media;
  • be able to apply instructional strategies with technologies that support teaching and learning to aspects of an existing or future workplace; and
  • be able to integrate design thinking principles in planning for educational media.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Selecting and using learning technologies: Theoretical frameworks
  • Presentation tools: Spaces, places and platforms for learning
  • Interaction and assessment tools
  • Looking at online assessment
  • Web 2.0 social software tools
  • Multimedia

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.