VCE students living in rural areas will have access to a broader range of subjects, after the State Government announced funding.
The Victorian Virtual Learning Network, led by Bendigo Senior Secondary College, delivers online curriculum for senior secondary school students.
The interactive courses are delivered via high-speed broadband and can be undertaken by students anywhere and at anytime.
BSSC principal Dale Pearce said the network provided chances for students to access subjects that might not be available at their own school.
He said the grant would support the college in its development of the program. “Each course takes about $200,000 to develop so the funding will enable us to develop more courses, which is really helpful,” he said.
“At the moment we have around 26 schools using the network and we expect in 2014 there will be 40 to 50 schools using it.”
Mr Pearce said the program was the only one of its kind in Australia and the subjects were taught by a special online teacher.
Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the grant was funded through the Broadband-Enabled Innovation Program.
“The project is fostering a greater learning experience for more than 80 students in 26 schools in rural Victoria and outer metropolitan Melbourne, providing them with access to broader curriculum choices, particularly in critical areas such as specialist maths, maths methods and physics,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“This project enhances curriculum breadth by developing VCE courses that are available to students anywhere, anytime.
“The subjects are fully delivered online using web based interactive technology and are supported
by a dedicated online teacher.”