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Beyond the electronic filing cabinet

STAV/AIP VCE Physics Teachers’ Conference 2011

Beyond the Electronic Filing Cabinet

- Delivering VCE Physics Online & Interactive

Bruce Carpenter

Virtual Learning Network (Physics)

Bendigo Senior Secondary College

Our brief
Our Brief

  • Proof of concept for DEECD

  • “can you teach VCE subjects entirely online”

  • Alleviate difficulties of remote schools

  • Explore online teaching & learning strategies

  • Utilise internet, multimedia, Web 2.0

  • Use a ‘Blended Learning’ Model

Blended learning model
Blended Learning Model

“combining online delivery of educational content with the best features of classroom interaction and live instruction to personalise learning, allow thoughtful reflection and differentiate instruction from student to student across a diverserange of learners”


  • Shortage of Physics Teachers

  • Small classes

  • Aligns with student expectations

  • Short trials with Charlton P-12 School, Boort Sc, Donald HS, Wedderburn P-12 SC, St Arnaud SC

  • Trialled with BSSC Unit3-4 Physics Class

Online course features
Online Course Features

  • Anytime, anywhere, 24/7 availability

  • Software independent (no special installations)

  • Must be instructional

  • Provide similar experience to classrooms


  • 2 x 0.6 allotments

  • Partly DEECD

  • Partly Multimedia Victoria Grant

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

  • Curriculum focus is unsuitable

  • Static documents / text based


  • 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 2010, Christchurch New Zealand

  • Virtual Schools Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona (2010)

  • Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Boise Idaho

  • Riverside Virtual School, Los Angeles

Vendors cabinet?

  • Not useful

  • Many resources out there

  • Very few written for VCE curriculum

  • Bound up in yearly pay per student/school fees

Typical us online course
Typical US Online Course cabinet?

  • Assembled from a range of resources

  • Includes Vendor provided learning objects

  • Mainly text based

  • Works in the US (different culture)

  • Not so sure about Australia

Moodle features
Moodle Features cabinet?

  • Progress bar

  • Forum

  • Blog

  • Tracking student progress

  • Web 2.0 communication

  • If totally online, SKYPE, Elluminate, Ning

Vln physics course
VLN Physics Course cabinet?

  • Two years to produce Units 3&4

  • Trialled with my BSSC Physics class

  • High Stakes

Instructional videos
Instructional Videos cabinet?

  • Teacher narration

  • Explanation of theory

  • Worked examples

  • Branching options

  • 50 of these!

Instructional videos1
Instructional Videos cabinet?

  • An engaging introduction

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

Instructional videos2
Instructional Videos cabinet?

  • A ‘screen casting’ approach

  • Rare

  • Involve all usual features of a good lesson

  • Multi-sensory (see, hear, do)

  • Virtual Pointing

  • “rough and unpolished”

  • Authentic or “real”


  • Instructional Video features

  • Semi notes

  • Virtual Prac Activity

  • Quizlet


  • Semi notes


  • See demonstration instructional video using instructions below;

Website username: physics.conference password: vlnguest


  • Virtual Prac Activity

  • PhETSimulations

  • Download the projectile motion simulation.


  • Quizlet

Online lessons
Online Lessons cabinet?

  • Tests

  • Answers to set questions

Advantages over traditional class
Advantages over traditional class cabinet?

  • Fast kids go faster

  • Can then do harder or extension questions

  • Slower kids 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 class1
Advantages over traditional class cabinet?

  • Can help to train student teachers

  • Benefits of years of teaching experience

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

  • Notebook Software

  • Adobe Captivate 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? cabinet?

  • Better student engagement

  • Clear improvement over previous years

  • Other teachers notice the improvement

  • No training needed

  • No resistance

Teacher impact
Teacher Impact cabinet?

  • Teacher role changes fundamentally

  • Class time available for directly addressing student concerns.

  • You will know your students better

Response cabinet?

  • 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 cabinet?

  • National Physics Curriculum

  • Revision Lectures

  • Incorporate vendor material such as yTeach (Ultranet)

  • Make available through Ultranet

Other vln online courses
Other VLN online Courses cabinet?

  • Maths Methods Units 3&4

  • Psychology Units 1&2

This year
This Year cabinet?

  • Physics Units 1&2

  • Maths Methods Unit 1&2

  • Specialist Maths Units 3&4

  • Psychology Units 3&4

Bruce Carpenter cabinet?Virtual Learning Network – PhysicsBendigo Senior Secondary [email protected] course username: physics.conference password: vlnguest