Enrolment Information – Students in Schools
This information is for school-based students who are completing an online application to enrol with the Distance Education Centre Victoria. If you have any queries about the information provided here, or if you would like assistance with your application, please contact the DECV enrolments office:
Phone: (03) 8480 0000
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What is the Distance Education Centre Victoria?
The Distance Education Centre Victoria (DECV) is the state’s leading virtual school. We provide flexible learning opportunities to Victorian F-12 students who are unable to complete a full range of subjects at a mainstream school. We foster a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment by coupling state-of-the-art technology with innovative and adaptive teaching practices. Our teachers are trained and experienced in best-practice online learning techniques, providing students with regular interaction and individualised support. We are focused on challenging students to pursue excellence and achieve their individual learning goals.
The DECV offers one of the largest ranges of subjects of any school in Victoria. We provide students with an opportunity to complete subjects that are either not offered at their school, or not available due to timetabling clashes or other issues. All of our subjects have been developed and are taught in accordance with the VCAA requirements, with ample opportunities for extension and challenge where necessary.
In 2016, DECV launched Australia’s first F-12 pedagogical model for online learning. We are a system leader in online, virtual and blended learning, constantly evolving our practice based on cutting-edge research. We are dedicated to do all that we can in order to build the confidence and resilience of each and every one of our students.
What is it like learning by distance?
Completing a subject at the DECV provides students with the flexibility and support to learn in a way that best meets their individual needs and circumstances. Students can work at their own pace to complete set learning activities, without distraction. They also collaborate with peers in our secure online environment.
DECV students have access to a range of structured learning materials; both printed and online that are personalised for each individual. Online classes and face-to-face seminars are held regularly in many subjects, providing further opportunities to connect and collaborate with peers. Teachers are available to speak to students in person, over the phone or online.
Students studying at the DECV need to set up their own timetable and commit time each week to study in order to complete set weekly work submissions. Students can expect to be devoting the same amount of time to study in each DECV subject as they would in each of their mainstream school classes. It’s extremely important that if available, students use any study periods while at school to complete their DECV work.
What subjects do we offer?
From past experience, we know how important subject guidance, targeted preparation and early engagement can be in ensuring student success throughout the year. The Subject Information Pages on our website contain all the information students will need when making subject choices and preparing for their studies with us. You can access these information pages by visiting www.distance.vic.edu.au/subjects.
All students enrolling at the DECV require regular and reliable access to a computer/device and the internet. Students will need to login to the school’s online portal to communicate and submit work online regularly.They are expected to participate in multiple areas of the online courses. This includes online lessons, forums and interactives activities. All student reports are only available online.
The subject information pages on the DECV website have more information about the technological and other requirements for individual subjects. Please read these pages carefully before making subject selections.
Once the students have been enrolled, they will be issued with a DECV student number and password. Students can then go to our website at www.distance.vic.edu.au to access their online courses.
Nominated School Supervisor Requirements
It is expected that schools will support their students undertaking study at the DECV by assigning a member of staff to act as a school supervisor. School supervisors have five main responsibilities as outlined below:
School supervisors must ensure students have access to adequate means of communication with their DECV teachers during designated times at school. This will include access to a phone and email, and may include access to other technology such as webcams, microphones and video-conferencing equipment. Supervisors should ensure that students can access the DECV online environment and that they and their parents/carers know how to access and download student reports, which will be available online only.
School supervisors must ensure students are able to access their learning materials, both printed and online. Any posted materials sent to the school must be promptly passed on to each student; any completed assessments must be promptly sent back to the DECV.
School supervisors must administer assessment tasks in a fair and consistent manner, in accordance with the assessment rules set out by the DECV teacher. The supervisor should keep an electronic copy of all completed assessments wherever it is possible to do so. Supervisors must also liaise with their school’s Exam Coordinator to confirm the time, location and any special conditions under which exams are to be held; and to ensure students are aware of the details and requirements.
Liaising with DECV teachers
School supervisors must liaise with DECV teachers and keep them up to date regarding any situations that might impact upon a student’s ability to engage with their studies. If a student has been absent from their home school for an extended period of time, if their contact details (or that of the school) have changed, or if special provision arrangements are required for assessment tasks, the supervisor should inform the DECV. School supervisors should regularly check the DECV Portal to keep up to date on their students’ progress.
Encouragement and support
School supervisors should encourage and support students to complete and submit their completed work to the DECV regularly, according to their prescribed submission timetable. They should encourage students to make regular personal contact with their distance education teacher, and connect them with available local sources of assistance where possible. They should also help the student to integrate DECV study time into their weekly school timetable.
Exam information (for Units 3 & 4 studies only)
The student’s home school is responsible for all VCAA Examinations arrangements, including for subjects taught by the DECV.
The VCAA General Achievement Test (GAT) will be held on 12 June 2019. All students studying a Unit 3&4 subject must sit the GAT.
The VCAA Extended Investigation exam will be held on 31 July 2019. Students studying the Extended Investigation VCE subject will be required to sit this exam. Please note the requirements stated on the pre-enrolment form.
The VCAA Oral and Performance exams are held from 7 October until 3 November 2019. Students studying any VCE subject that has an oral or performance component will be required to sit this exam, which must be completed in Victoria.
The VCAA end of year examinations are held from 30 October until 20 November 2019. These are subject specific exams for students studying Unit 3&4 subjects.
Home schools are responsible for applying directly to the VCAA for any Special Provision requirements. School supervisors should inform the DECV of any approved arrangements that are in place.