Virtual Learning

Benefits to Victorian education

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Virtual learning can provide solutions to some intractable education problems as well as contribute to schools improving their effectiveness in preparing students for working and living in and increasing globalised and interconnected world.

Virtual learning can contribute substantially 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 any where
  • enabling excellent teachers to reach more students and collaborate with other teachers, sharing practice and building teacher capacity
  • enabling all students to experience a range of instruction modes.

Equity of access to educational choices: ensuring curriculum choice, breadth of experiences, enrichment and individualised programs for all.

All Victorians have equal right to knowledge and skills to shape their lives, regardless of their background, their personal circumstances or where they live.

Virtual learning aims to improve equity of access for students in Victoria. It can provide greater curriculum choice and create opportunities for every student to excel, including the geographically isolated, the disengaged and vulnerable, the gifted and talented and those with special needs.

Learning for life: providing the skills and dispositions of students to work online ensuring readiness for the Digital Economy and growing pathways and careers

The foundation principle underpinning the Education State is that the future of work and life is changing, and rapidly.

To prepare our students for a dynamic future in the global economy, we must engage them in the journey of lifelong learning, equipping them with the knowledge skills and attitudes to thrive. This includes developing discipline knowledge, capabilities, wellbeing, and citizenship. Virtual learning enables our students to have opportunities to develop civic participation and ethical understandings in a global world, whilst developing skills to engage safely and productively online.

Learning locally through community partnerships

Part of building a relevant world-class education system involves creating local learning opportunities, partnerships and alliances.

Continuous learning is a guiding mantra of virtual learning with students in remote communities continuing to learn and staying in their communities without missing educational opportunities that can shape their futures. Initiatives such as locally brokered partnerships, learning partnerships and community centres of excellence provide a unique opportunity to think globally and act locally. This enables an approach to educational achievement, engagement and wellbeing, including broader pathways and outcomes for learners that is integrated and based on local circumstances and needs.

Building practice excellence: confident, capable and connected educators leverage digital technologies for learning

To achieve our vision of becoming the Education State, we need to be smarter about how we teach and work together.

In order to empower and up-skill our education workforce, we need to build the capacity of our educators and other professionals to plan their curriculum, in teams, face to face and virtually. Virtual learning can foster new methods of exchanging ideas on classroom management, curriculum planning, assessment, use of data, models of online learning, team teaching, governance and school management, enabling us to adopt evidence-based and innovative solutions to support our lifelong learners.

Supporting quality assurance of content, practice and delivery and Information Management

When virtual learning becomes a routine part of student learning and teacher professional practice, content provision is high quality; pedagogy is new and innovative, leading to deep learning; student progress is monitored and evidence is collected about what works, and what doesn't.

Similar quality assurance is applied to the course content offered by virtual learning providers.

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