Virtual teaching experts provide their insights about what it means to teach virtually

A video series on the FUSE website provides examples and tips on getting the most out of virtual teaching and learning

During Term 2, students and teachers transitioned to remote and flexible learning, pushing virtual learning into mainstream curriculum. As students make the staged return to on-site schooling, there is an opportunity to continue virtual teaching and integrate it into the classroom. 

To help teachers gain further insights into the world of virtual learning, the Department has published four videos, which are now available on the FUSE website.

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These videos were developed from interviews that Deakin University Associate Professor Joanne O'Mara conducted with 25 teachers who work in various Victorian government virtual schools. 

In the interviews, Professor O'Mara asked teachers from schools including Virtual School Victoria (VSV), Virtual School of Languages (VSL), Victorian Virtual Learning Network (VVLN), and Emerging Sciences Victoria (ESV) to explain what it means to teach virtually.

The series of interviews has been used to develop four videos to provide advice about topics such as:

  • how to avoid 'passive delivery'
  • developing rapport with students
  • delivering a blended learning model.

The expert teachers involved have also shared tips on encouraging student discussion, differentiating tasks to differing students' individual needs and abilities, and fostering peer interactions. 

Along with providing valuable advice, teachers spoke about the joys of virtual teaching and the idea that it is an opportunity for teachers to try something new, think differently and take risks. The virtual learning environment offers new opportunities for collaboration, creativity, interactivity, personalisation and engagement.

This mode of learning transcends barriers of rurality, socioeconomic status and cultures, to provide all students with the opportunity to thrive.

But with these opportunities come new challenges. In these videos, teachers also discuss the importance of ensuring students maintain motivation, have the skills they need to work independently with new software, and feel safe and confident interacting with peers, contributing in class, and seeking help or feedback from teachers.

Relying on virtual interactions for the entire teaching and learning experience requires careful planning and an intentional approach to delivery of the curriculum and to student assessment.

More information

Parents and carers, principals and teachers can find out more about learning from home on the Department's web site

Find out more about teaching and learning from home
Access guidelines, resources and assessment information

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Find out more about collaboration and digital learning, and legal use requirements