Core business virtual provision utilising Polycom Video Conferencing facilities to provide VCE classes for both year 11 and year 12, linked between schools to provide broader enrolment options for students. A blended approach is used where teachers and students negotiate the best mix of technology and face-to-face is incorporated that suits the geographical situation and subject requirements. Typically, 2 x 90 minute normal classroom lessons, virtual students enter the classroom via video conferencing. Schools cooperate with each other; aligning timetable blockings to allow classes to be synchronous. Teachers have ‘local’ students in front of them and ‘remote’ students live via video conferencing. To provide resources, asynchronous activities and to facilitate communication and relationship building, teachers use a variety of online systems.
Arrangements can vary from local cluster partnerships, as is the case with the North Central Cluster in NWVR, or partnerships between two schools e.g. Specialist Maths from Brauer College to Swan Hill Secondary College. A huge range of subjects has been taught using this model since the early 2000’s and what will be delivered in any one year will be dependent upon actual needs identified by students and schools. The high definition DET Polycom videoconferencing network provides an ease of use, high quality vision and sound platform to support efficient delivery of classes.
Brokering of these arrangements can be performed by individual schools or as is the case of the Grampians Network, by the local LLEN who is contracted by the group of schools to perform this communication role.
Resources to support VCE provision
- Wimmera Virtual Learning Network: video shows how schools in a Victorian network use virtual learning for VCE provision.
- Delivering Virtual Learning to Rural VCE Students: video shows how schools in the use virtual learning and other online tools for VCE provision.
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