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Critical success factors in online education

Thierry Volery (Professor at EM Lyon, France)
Deborah Lord (Manager, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 September 2000



The Internet is a major technological advancement reshaping not only our society but also that of universities worldwide. In light of this, universities have to capitalise on the Internet for teaching, and one progressive development of this is the use of online delivery methods. This paper draws upon the results of a survey conducted amongst students enrolled in one online management course at an Australian university. Three critical success factors in online delivery are identified: technology, the instructor and the previous use of the technology from a student’s perspective. We also argue that the lecturer will continue to play a central role in online education, albeit his or her role will become one of a learning catalyst and knowledge navigator.



Volery, T. and Lord, D. (2000), "Critical success factors in online education", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 14 No. 5, pp. 216-223.




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