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Eady, M., Herrington, A. & Jones, C. (2009). Establishing design principles for online synchronous literacy learning for indigenous learners. ED-MEDIA 2009. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (pp. 1049-1054). Chesapeake, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.


Synchronous learning has the potential to provide literacy and essential skills training to Indigenous learners living in remote and isolated communities. Although there is considerable research completed in the area of internet-based learning technologies in general, there is very little research in the area of online synchronous learning opportunities for remote Indigenous learners. This paper presents the results and theoretical framework of the first and second phases of a four phase design-based research approach that aims to establish design principles to guide the future development of synchronous online literacy services for Indigenous learners living in remote Australian communities.

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