The origins of the Tasmanian eSchool date back over 90 years, with the establishment of distance education in the State to enable students, who were unable to attend mainstream schools, to receive a full education. The Tasmanian eSchool provides an online K-10 educational program supported by face-to-face learning opportunities, to achieve curriculum diversity and to promote student engagement. Current school priorities are Literacy, Numeracy and Personal and Social Capability.
The school has a campus in the North (Rocherlea), and in the South (Derwent Park). Teachers develop and deliver online Australian Curriculum courses in addition to interest based short courses. Many students have individualised learning programs based around the General Capabilities (Australian Curriculum).
In addition to delivering educational programs to students the eSchool provides two services to support the Tasmanian community. These include: The Hospital Schools Program in Hobart and Launceston; andthe STARS Program (northern campus) which develops the social skills of students with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism.
Students can be registered or enrolled with the Tasmanian eSchool under the following criteria:
Registered students can be full-time or part-time. Students remain enrolled fulltime with their 'base' school and access Tasmanian eSchool teachers and programs on a fee-for-service basis. Students can be registered by their school under one of the following sub categories:
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Students who meet the state and commonwealth criteria for living at a distance from the nearest school can be enrolled with the Tasmanian eSchool.
Virtual Learning Tasmania (VLT) provides Tasmanian Government Senior Secondary students with a unique opportunity to undertake courses not available at their base school by studying them online.
In 2020, VLT will be offering a range of courses; including TASC courses at Level 1, 2 and 3 and Certificate II VET courses (subject to a Memorandum of Understanding with a Registered Training Organisation). Subjects range from English, maths, technologies, HASS, health and science. Course offerings are available from local schools or colleges.
Students enrolled in VLT stay at their local school while accessing course content and teachers online, including all learning resources and assignments. This content can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere.
In addition to the learning they undertake online, VLT students meet with their Online Educator and fellow students in 'virtual sessions' which are scheduled for each course. VLT students are also supported by teachers in their base school who assist with study skills and managing their IT resources. VLT courses can contribute to students’ TCE points at the end of the year, upon successful completion of course requirements.
Year 11 and 12 students can enrol in VLT courses for up to 50% of their total study load, usually up to two courses. Students stay in their Base School classrooms while they study, and the VLT courses are added to the student's Base School study timetable.
The VLT timetable has been designed to allow students to engage in both ‘synchronous’ and ‘asynchronous’ sessions each week
VLT courses have the same course requirements as other courses with students undertaking research and group activities, completing assignments and tests. In Level 3 courses, students also have external assessments. The VLT teachers provide students with detailed feedback on their work, support student progress and write reports.