College eLearning Vision 

 

As teachers, parents and adults we will be the last cohort of people on the planet to know what life without technology is like. The students we work closely with daily reflect a lifestyle that is connected 24/7 ensuring that they think, connect and communicate differently to students who were at school in the past. We are aware that our students live in a world that is forever changing and where technology is driving a lot of that change. The need for our students to develop key 21st Century skills is more important now than ever. As educators we need to embrace this change as the technology that our students have available to them effectively transforms teaching and learning practices in order to give our students the greatest opportunities that we can. In the end, we want the use of technology be a normalised, daily part of student learning to assist in meeting greater learning independence, outcomes, creativity and innovation. 

 

Learning First, Technology Second

 

To successfully facilitate an outstanding eLearning Culture, it is imperative that the teaching and learning programs being implemented across our setting, such as those relating to highly effective pedagogy and an engaging curriculum are of extremely high quality to drive student learning outcomes. 

 

Once the above is well on the way to being achieved, then the technology that students have available to them can look towards being effectively integrated to support curriculum and instructional practices in place. 

 

Goal Kicking, not Goal Setting

 

As a college it is extremely important that we not only focus on our eLearning Vision, but set ourselves relevant goals that will assist our College community to continue to lead and deliver high quality teaching and learning programs emphasizing eLearning practice. 

 

The goals that we have set are measurable and specific and are ones in which we aim to meet and surpass, not merely ‘set’. The goals outlined below will continue to support our Vision and College expectations.

 

  1. Students will access, use, create and publish digital and online content that supports their learning and the engaging curriculum delivered.

  2. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed through creativity, higher order thinking processes and problem-solving to inspire and engage students within their learning.

  3. A wide variety of applications and online environments will be utilised by students to engage with their learning, fostering evidence of high learning outcomes to be met.

  4. Develop 21st-century learning skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in a variety of ways to demonstrate knowledge and learning experiences through digital creation.

  5. Prepare students for the professional world and/or future academic careers and pathways which they themselves decide upon.

  6. Students will use their device as a tool to manage their work and learning both locally and via the use of cloud based technologies, as adults would use them in their professional lives.

  7. Improve students ability to personalize instruction and create independence towards the curriculum. 

  8. Students will develop age-appropriate ICT skills and understandings, including the responsibilities of online citizenship.

  9. Enhance the students ability to learn anywhere, anytime, with an emphasis of this being external to the College setting.

  10. Ensure that through technology use and effective integration, all learners are reached, no matter their ability, to allow self paced learning opportunities where appropriate.