Virtual learning allows students to interact and learn with others outside of their classroom and school using virtual conferencing tools.
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
You can get support on virtual learning and conferencing from a coach.
The Department's virtual learning coaches are:
For general support, contact