How schools can best use online learning and other digital technology is to be investigated in a parliamentary inquiry.

Parliament's education and science committee chairwoman Nikki Kaye announced today that the committee had agreed to hold an inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy.

Ms Kaye said the introduction of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in schools was likely to open up new opportunities in online learning.

"I can see the benefit of having an inquiry that investigates issues such as the best flexible teaching spaces, how handheld devices can promote more independent learning, new online learning opportunities and other technologies and infrastructure that better support teaching and learning in the 21st century," she said.

The terms of reference for the inquiry include, considering how UFB will affect teaching techniques, looking at how technology could increase collaboration between neighbouring schools, and investigating the equity of access to technology between schools.

Submissions to the inquiry close on May 11.

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