Virtual Learning and Conferencing

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 interact and learn with others outside of their classroom and school using virtual conferencing tools.

Get started

The main tools available to schools for video conferencing are:

  • Polycom: a video conferencing system built into a classroom or meeting room.
  • Adobe Connect: a web based conferencing system that can be used on computers.
  • Microsoft Lync / Skype: an instant messenger with video capability.

For information on getting started with these tools, see: Virtual conferencing tools on the Digipubs website

Ideas and sessions for the classroom

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 can include:

  • face-to-face teaching
  • video streaming of live classes with recordings available afterwards
  • class time devoted to online collaboration, exploration and problem solving
  • forums where students can ask questions to each other or of teachers

For more virtual teaching ideas and materials, see: Virtual learning on the DigiPub website

For virtual learning sessions, see:

Teaching services provided over video conferencing

Benefits

Research conducted by the Department found the main benefits of virtual learning are:

  • Expanded curriculum provision: Students can access a wider curriculum from more locations.
  • Widened teaching capability: Excellent teachers can reach more students and teachers can learn from their peers.
  • Combats plateauing of learning

For the full research findings, see: Blended learning research findings

Get advice

You can get support on virtual learning and conferencing from a coach.

The Department's virtual learning coaches are:

For general support, contact digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au