Digital Delivery Days is a program developed by Nossal High School, an academically selective coeducational Government High School, that aims to expose students to virtual delivery of classes. On selected days of the year, students are not required to physically attend school, rather they connect with teachers and fellow students virtually via a synchronous digital connection, online from the students home, or chosen location. Students may physically attend school however are still required to connect digitally with the class. The school utilises a Learning Management System (LMS) called Blackboard to provide learning materials to students.
The school decided to run all classes as per the normal timetable on the Digital Delivery Day. Subjects included: Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education, Team Sports, English, Japanese, French, Band Class, Mathematics, Photography, Drama, Legal Studies, Environmental Science, Physics General Science and Humanities.
Teachers were required to announce their instructions on Blackboard in their respective course areas on Blackboard and introduce their lesson through a video message, linked through Blackboard but hosted on YouTube.
Students were required to login at least 15 minutes before their day was due to begin and watch videos presented from the Principal and Assistant Principals about the day ahead. They then read through the instructions embedded in the announcement section of each course area and watched the video instructions as recorded by their teachers. Around 50% of staff voluntarily elected to become members of the school’s Digital Delivery Team (DDT). The DDT members were then paired with the remaining staff in the school who offered peer coaching and support leading up to the first Digital Delivery event. For the second event of 2014 (an asynchronous event), no parents chose to send their children to school on the day. Survey data from staff, students and parents is continuing to be collected and used to inform development of the model.
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