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Rehabilitation Counselling Distance Education on the Internet: Avoiding the Black Spots on the Information Highway

  • Sandra Bentley (a1)


This article describes the development of the current part-time distance education Post graduate and Masters in Rehabilitation Counselling course offered by the School of Community Health, University of Sydney Cumberland Campus, into an online/multimedia instructional medium.. A literature review explored factors involved in the educational technology design process utilising an ACTIONS framework proposed by Bates (1995). The findings confirm that it is appropriate to utilise selected mediums to improve access and maintain teaching standards. However, the review highlights the need to offer a combination of presentation mediums, adequate technical support, and staff development/training. Formative evaluation must be part of the design process, supported by a responsive organisational infrastructure. Evaluation of the first unit of study to be offered online in 2000, Counselling, will form the basis for a follow-up article.


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School of Community Health, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 2141, Australia E-mail:


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