Distance Education Centre Victoria is
the state's leading virtual school, offering around 135 courses online,
including VCE subjects. With over 4,000 students from Foundation to Year 12,
more students study at DECV than any other school in Victoria.
Our cohort is both diverse and unique.
We provide education to:
school-based students who don't have
access to the courses they need in their own school
those with medical, physical or social
and emotional needs that make it difficult for them to attend mainstream
elite young sportspeople and athletes
children and young people unable to
attend school due to travelling
young adults wishing to complete their
education in a way that they find engaging
rural and regional young people who
cannot easily attend a local school
In addition to offering a host of
teaching and learning courses approved by the VCAA, our specialist teachers
provide students with individualised learning and support. They help them to
prepare well for university and higher learning
They are dedicated to building the
confidence and resilience of each and every student. Like any school, our
teachers support and interact with students daily, but they do so in a
different way to most schools: they do so virtually
Where are we going?
We know that many people don't
understand what DECV does. They think we still operate in the same way we did
in the past - as a correspondence school for long-distance students.
Compared to how we operated in the past,
DECV is a very different place today.
Our expertise in virtual learning has
made us a school of choice for many students, not a last resort, and DECV
continues to be the right choice for thousands of Victorian families.
As the largest virtual learning school
in the state, we have a significant role to play across the education system.
We are moving towards being a system
leader in online, virtual and blended learning: sharing our knowledge and
expertise, and leading system conversations around digital learning.
We want to lead a community of practice
that will evolve and strengthen digital learning in Victoria, and positively
influence and support other schools to develop in this space.
How are we getting there?
Soon we will be changing our name to
better reflect the role we play in the education system.
We will also be launching Australia's
first Foundation to Year 12 pedagogical model for online learning,
strengthening our role as a system leader and building on our goal of
consistent teacher practice.
We will showcase the great work that we
do and the quality of our courses by building a demonstration site, and
bringing education leaders in to see what we do first-hand.
While we aim for others to better
understand us, we also know we need to better understand our own school
community. This will help us to communicate better, build stronger
relationships, and improve student retention.
We will know we are succeeding when more
students are completing our courses and achieving improved outcomes, and when
we are considered a high-quality online school for both students and teachers.
We will play a key role across the
system, building the capability of others so that more students can access the
opportunities they need, and constantly evolving our practice based on
The Victorian School of Languages
The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a Department
of Education distance education school, which provides language programs for
students from Year 7 to 12. Students from both government and non-government
schools may enrol to study a language course not available to them at their
home school. Non-school based students
are also able to enrol.
The VSL offers 12 languages via distance education;
these are Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Greek, Hindi,
Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. Courses are delivered online through
the moodle platform or via an interactive app and are supported with written
materials, telephone lessons, video conferencing, skype and email. There are
also seminars, held in a central location, where students can meet with other
students and the teachers to undertake whole day intensive programs. Students
are also supported in their learning by a supervisor at their home school.
For school based students, applications for enrolment
must be made by the home school on behalf of the student. Non-school based students may be enrolled by a
parent/guardian. The guidelines for enrolment may be viewed on the school