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STAV/AIP VCE Physics Teachers’ Conference 2014. Delivering VCE Physics 100% Online & Interactive. Bruce Carpenter Victorian Virtual Learning Network (Physics) based at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Monash University Wireless Access username: ext-stavphys password: physics2014.

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Delivering vce physics 100 online interactive

STAV/AIP VCE Physics Teachers’ Conference 2014

Delivering VCE Physics 100% Online & Interactive

Bruce Carpenter

Victorian Virtual Learning Network (Physics)

based at Bendigo Senior Secondary College


Monash university wireless access username ext stavphys password physics2014

Monash University Wireless Access username: ext-stavphys password: physics2014

Virtual Learning NetworkWebsite http://vln.bssc.edu.auDemonstration course username: physicsconference password: vvlnguest


Our brief
Our Brief

  • Proof of concept project for DEECD

  • “can you teach VCE subjects entirely online”

  • Alleviate difficulties of remote schools

  • Explore online teaching & learning strategies

  • Utilise internet and multimedia

  • Use an asynchronous model


Why?

  • Shortage of Physics Teachers

  • Small classes

  • Aligns with student expectations

  • Short trials with schools in the Bendigo district.

  • Trialled with BSSC Unit 3&4 Physics Classes 2009-2012


2012

Provided remote Physics to:

  • Charlton Secondary College

  • Baimbridge College (Hamilton)

  • Swan Hill Secondary College

  • Murrayville Community College

  • Individual students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College


2013

Providing unit 1-2 Physics to:

  • Swifts Creek School

  • Cohuna Secondary College

  • Camperdown College

  • Maryborough Education Centre

  • Rushworth P-12 College

  • Murrayville Community College

  • Werrimull P-12 School

  • Bendigo Senior Secondary College


2013

Providing Unit 3-4 Physics to :

  • Wycheproof P-12 college

  • Baimbridge College (Hamilton)

  • McClelland College Frankston

  • Murrayville Community College

  • Maryborough Education Centre

  • Werrimull P-12 School

  • Swifts Creek

  • Bendigo Senior Secondary College


2014

Providing unit 1-2 Physics to:

  • Swifts Creek School

  • Baimbridge College Hamilton

  • Cobram Secondary College

  • Maryborough Education Centre

  • Rushworth P-12 College

  • Murrayville Community College

  • Colac Secondary College

  • Blackburn Secondary College

  • Corryong College

  • Mansfield Secondary College

  • McClelland College Frankston

  • Mt Erin College

  • Somerville Secondary College

  • Tallangatta Secondary College



2014

Providing unit 3-4 Physics to:

  • Swifts Creek School

  • Baimbridge College Hamilton

  • Dimboola Memorial Secondary College

  • Rushworth P-12 College

  • Heywood & District Secondary College

  • Monbulk College

  • Numurkah College


Online course features
Online Course Features

  • Anytime, anywhere, 24/7 availability

  • Software independent (no special installations apart from Java and Stellarium)

  • Must be instructional

  • Provide similar experience to classrooms

  • Adobe Connect sessions

  • Individual help via Skype


Funding
Funding

  • Four Years @ 0.6 to develop Units 1 to 4

  • Partly DEECD

  • Partly Multimedia Victoria Grant


Funding 2013 14
Funding 2013-14

  • Broadband Enabled Education & Skills Services Program (BEESS) Federal Government

  • Broadband Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP) State Government


There is a lot of material already available however
There is a lot of material already available, however...

  • Not comprehensive for our course

  • Not always instructional

  • Far too open-ended

  • Curriculum focus is unsuitable

  • Static documents / text based

    - The ‘Electronic Filing Cabinet’


Research
Research

  • Internet searches

  • Looking for courses not just activities

  • Extensive travel interstate and overseas


Visits to distance online education providers in
Visits to distance/online education providers in

  • Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania

  • ULearn Conference Nov 2010, Christchurch New Zealand

  • Virtual Schools Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona ( Nov 2010)

  • Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Boise Idaho

  • Riverside Virtual School, Los Angeles


Vendors
Vendors

  • Not useful

  • Many resources out there

  • Very few written for VCE curriculum

  • Bound up in yearly pay per student/school software fees


Typical us online course
Typical US Online Course

  • Assembled from a range of resources

  • Includes Vendor provided learning objects

  • Mainly text based

  • Works in the US (different school culture)

  • Not so sure about applying this to Australian physics students




Moodle features
Moodle Features

  • Progress bar

  • Submission Tasks

  • Online Tests

  • Forum

  • Tracking student progress

  • New Forums, Help forums


Extra features
Extra Features

  • Skype using document camera

  • Adobe Connect meetings



Instructional videos
Instructional Videos

  • Teacher narration

  • Explanation of theory

  • Worked examples

  • Branching options


Instructional videos1
Instructional Videos

  • An engaging introduction

  • Strategically placed animations, tables, graphs, fly-in text comments, diagrams, video clips.


Instructional videos2
Instructional Videos

  • A ‘screencasting’ approach

  • Rare

  • Involve all usual features of a good lesson

  • Multi-sensory (see, hear, do)

  • Virtual Pointing

  • “rough and unpolished”

  • Authentic or “real”

  • Easily edited and improved


Demonstration
DEMONSTRATION

  • Instructional Video features

  • Semi notes

  • Virtual Prac Activity

  • Quizlet


Demonstration1
DEMONSTRATION

  • Semi notes


Demonstration2
DEMONSTRATION

  • Instructional Video

  • Unit 2 Physics – Energy Transformations


Demonstration3
DEMONSTRATION

  • Virtual Prac Activity

  • Virtual Prac Instructions

  • PhET Simulation – Energy Skate Park


Demonstration4
DEMONSTRATION

  • Quizlet


Remote online lessons
Remote Online Lessons

  • Answers to set questions supplied

  • Submission Tasks

  • Individual SKYPE sessions


Findings from trials at bssc
Findings from trials at BSSC

  • Fast students go faster

  • They attempt extension questions

  • Slower students can rewind and catch up

  • Illness, sport, camps not such a problem

  • Can integrate prac work continuously

  • VCE results at least as good as traditional class.


Advantages over traditional class
Advantages over traditional class

  • Can help to train student teachers

  • Benefits of years of teaching experience


How do we make the resources
How do we Make the Resources?

  • Notebook (Smartboard) Software

  • Adobe Captivate 6 Software

  • Screen capture with eLearning tools

  • Storyboard in Notebook or PowerPoint

  • Narrate each slide

  • Embellish with emphasis





How do students like it
How do students Like it?

  • Many student flip - flop

  • Better student engagement

  • Clear improvement over previous years

  • Other teachers notice the improvement

  • No student training needed

  • No student resistance


Teacher impact
Teacher Impact

  • Teacher’s role changes fundamentally

  • ‘Sage on the Stage’ to ‘Guide on the Side’

  • Class time available for directly addressing student concerns.

  • You will know your students better


Response
Response

  • Overwhelmingly positive so far

  • We recognise it is not for everyone

  • It has worked for us

  • Low dropout rate

  • Results as good as expected if not

    better


The future
The Future

  • Delivery to more remote schools

  • National Physics Curriculum

  • Revision Lectures

  • Adjustments due to single Nov Exam

  • More VCE subjects to be developed

  • Publish to a range of mobile devices

  • iPad (HTML 5 and simulations)


Other vln online courses
Other VLN online Courses

  • Maths Methods Units 1-2

  • Psychology Units 1&2

  • Specialist Maths 3&4

  • Chemistry 1&2

  • Legal Studies 1-4

  • Health 1-4

  • General Maths (under construction)



Bruce CarpenterVirtual Learning Network – PhysicsBendigo Senior Secondary [email protected] http://vln.bssc.edu.auDemonstration course username: physicsconference password: vvlnguest


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