Virtual Learning

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Virtual learning allows students to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school using virtual conferencing tools such as Polycom, Adobe Connect, Microsoft Lync and Skype.

Virtual learning can be synchronous, where all students log in at the one time in a virtual classroom, or it can be asynchronous, where students access session recordings in their own time.

Virtual learning in Victorian school education

Virtual learning initiatives in Victorian school education currently involve a blend of:

  • face-to-face teaching online in real time and self-paced
  • recordings of teaching sessions that can be viewed before a face-to-face session as a preparation activity or can be repeatedly viewed as a review activity
  • video streaming of live classes
  • Virtual Learningclass time devoted to online collaboration, exploration and problem solving, with the teacher offering more personalised guidance and interaction with students
  • web forums where students can ask questions 24/7 of each other, the lead teacher, their teacher, or any other teacher
  • online reference resources, assessment and feedback tools
  • whole year curriculum or enrichments subjects.

For more information, see: Virtual Learning DigiPub

The benefits of virtual learning education

A virtual learning evaluation undertaken by the Department concluded that an expansion of virtual learning opportunities can provide solutions to some intractable education issues and contribute to schools improving their effectiveness in preparing students for working and living in an increasing globalised and interconnected world.

Once virtual learning is brought to scale, and there is a deeper understanding of the learning and teaching practices associated with this learning approach, it can contribute substantially to solving the issues of:

  • group of six images showing students and virtual learningrestricted curriculum provision – by giving all students access to the full range of curriculum and to an ever-expanding range of enrichment activities at any time and just about anywhere
  • advancing teacher capability – by enabling excellent teachers to reach more students and enabling teachers to learn from their peers
  • the plateauing in learning outcomes – by enabling all students to experience instruction that is delivered by the combination of excellent teaching and excellent online instructional materials.

For more information, see: Blended Learning Research Findings

Victorian virtual learning initiatives

Victorian virtual learning initiatives include:

For more information, please contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au