How is Online Education Evolving in Australia?

Schools and classrooms today inspire curiosity and independence and are offering new ways of learning and exploring…

NEWS 28 Jun 2022
“The children entering education in 2018 will be young adults in 2030. Schools can prepare them for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that have not yet been anticipated…Education can equip learners with agency and a sense of purpose, and the competencies they need, to shape their own lives and contribute to the lives of others.”
The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030, OECD.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a series of unprecedented changes, the world of education was already undergoing evolution.

The schools and classrooms of yesteryear with their neat rows of desks, chalkboards and whiteboards, and heavy reliance on textbooks, rote learning and teacher-led discovery, were already being replaced.

Instead, forward-thinking educators were finding new ways of sparking curiosity, nurturing student interests and passions, and bringing learning to life. School has certainly come a long way…

That evolution continues and has been given wings due to affordable and accessible smart technologies that offer students and schools greater choice on how their learning journey is shaped and delivered.

Leading this evolution is online learning.

Once perhaps seen as an alternative or fringe option, it came to the fore – and to the rescue – during COVID-19 lockdowns. It proved that many children can learn, and want to learn, in Zoom rooms and via virtual platforms that fit with their learning style and lifestyle.

Recently, it was announced that if approved by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), Haileybury Pangea will become Victoria’s first private online school for students in Years 5 to 12. Building on Haileybury’s 130-year history in Victoria, it will use the school’s proven teaching and learning methods but will deliver an academic program based on the Australian curriculum and VCE accreditation.

This technological revolution will continue in education.

Virtual Reality that allows students to ‘visit’ other countries and immerse themselves in different times in history will become a more prevalent part of their learning experience.

The Internet of Things is helping students and teachers gain greater and easier access to more information. Some major educational institutions are looking at how Big Data can help them learn more about how and when students learn best, so they can make curriculum content more relevant and interesting for young minds.

The most innovative and creative schools are harnessing these latest advances and insights to ensure education reaches out to every student and that it is relevant, meaningful and encourages students to discover opportunities and their innate potential.

Research suggests that when students are given more choices about how and what they learn, they become more motivated.

Educational psychologist at the University of Maryland in the US, Dr Allan Wigfield, says when children have control and autonomy in their reading activities, it improves motivation and their level of comprehension. This may well happen when students are given greater independence and control over many other aspects of their learning.

Whatever the future of education holds, and whatever shape schools of the future may take, creating students with deep learning and lifelong curiosity is a partnership between schools and educators who are keeping an open mind to the many changes that are happening in the world of learning.

Families are also a key part of this partnership. Increasingly curious families are also keen to find new and improved ways of learning that best suit their child’s interests, needs and learning style.

The future is bright for the students of today and tomorrow…

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