This research report was commissioned by the Ministry and undertaken by Massey University. This examined the existing international state and federal/provincial policy in the area of e-Learning, and attempted to determine the outcomes of the policy implementation. It also considered subsequent and proposed amendments and the reasons for those. It determined the nature of government-funded infrastructural arrangements for e-Learning, focusing on the specific barriers and enablers faced by small and remote communities.
Both areas (policy and accessibility) included Australia, Canada, the UK, EU states, federal and state policy in the USA, and the more developed Asian nations. It also considered trans-national organisations as part of the context of policy formation e.g. the Commonwealth of Learning and UNESCO.