From Distance Education Centre Victoria to Virtual School Victoria
Many schools in rural and regional Victoria are unable to offer a wide range of VCE subjects to VCE students. We currently offer 63 VCE subjects, providing the opportunity for each of these schools and their students to have the choice of subjects that are available in the larger schools in metropolitan Melbourne.
From 2019, the Victorian State Government is to extend the choice of VCE subjects available in rural and regional Victoria. Recently, Minister for Education, James Merlino, announced a $22.6 million investment to provide students in rural and regional Victoria access to the full range of VCE subjects. The Expanding the VCE in Rural and Regional Victoria Initiative will expand current virtual learning opportunities and establish school partnerships over the next four years.
A significant component of The Expanding the VCE in Rural and Regional Victoria Initiative is an investment in the Distance Education Centre Victoria (DECV) to further improve and increase virtual and blended learning opportunities for all students.
Over the next four years 18 VCE subjects that are currently not part of our VCE program will be will be written and delivered by teachers at our school.
A key component of the initiative is to modernise the Distance Education Centre Victoria into Virtual School Victoria, including:
- extending and embedding ‘best-practice’ with virtual and blended learning approaches, and
- increasing the VCE subjects we offer to include 18 new VCE subjects.
Virtual School Victoria will come into being from the commencement of the 2019 school year.
This is an incredibly exciting time for the school, and an outstanding recognition of the journey we have been on over the past four years. We have re-written the 274 subjects we currently offer to our learning management system DECVOnline – our virtual school.
Virtual learning supports students and teachers through the use of technology to connect, collaborate, interact, learn and co-create with others outside of classrooms and schools. Virtual learning technologies include videoconferencing, instant messaging, email, virtual classrooms and chat rooms. Through these technologies, students engage in real-time, authentic and rich learning.
Virtual School Victoria will provide enhanced virtual learning, 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.
Further details on the modernisation will be available in early 2019.
A warm welcome to Virtual School Victoria.
Virtual School Victoria