VCE will go online from next year under a radical $22 million program, giving rural and regional students the freedom to study whatever subject they wish, despite where they live.
Remote students will be able to enrol in any subject, taught to classmates across multiple schools by a distant teacher through video conferencing, instant messaging, chat rooms and virtual whiteboards.
The $22.6 million VCE online program, to be launched by the Victorian government today, will begin from first term next year and be rolled out for every subject by 2021.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Mitchell Chamberlin said it will be “life changing” for rural students forced to move from home or travel long distances for school.
“We have had people come as far as Swan Hill to our school, Heathcote and Echuca,” the 17-year-old said.
“It will open doors for futures that previously weren’t open.”
Bendigo Senior Secondary has been teaching nearby VCE students from 45 smaller schools through virtual learning for nearly a decade.
Principal Dale Pearce said it was often the specialist maths, sciences and humanities subjects students at smaller schools missed out on.
“Their prospects for university and their career choices were certainly compromised because they couldn’t study some subjects they want to in their own schools,” Mr Pearce said.
“Some of these students don’t even know philosophy is a VCE subject.”
He said the online rollout “may encourage some families to keep their kids in their homes rather than sending them to other towns”.
Students who enrol in a new VCE online subject will complete a course to prepare them for virtual learning.
The funding will also cover design and delivery of the subjects and grants to support collaboration and share resources between 100 schools. firstname.lastname@example.org FAILED EXAMS NO BARRIER, PAGE 19 A FLORIDA “fan” of Donald Trump was arrested and charged yesterday with mailing 13 bombs to opponents of the US president in a brazen, weeklong spree that inflamed the country ahead of key elections.
Cesar Sayoc, 56, a registered Republican with a criminal past, born in New York and who lived in a van covered in pro-Trump and anti-liberal stickers, was arrested outside a strip mall in Florida.
Mr Sayoc is charged with five federal crimes, including mailing of explosives and threats against former presidents, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced.
If put on trial and convicted, he faces up to 48 years in prison in what politicians on both sides of the aisle have condemned as domestic terrorism.
The 13 bombs were sent through the mail and Mr Sayoc was tracked down based on fingerprint and possible DNA evidence. Mr Sayoc is accused of mailing explosives to 11 prominent Democrats or liberal critics of the president, including former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, ex-vice president Joe Biden, and Hollywood star Robert De Niro.
All the targets are loathed by Mr Trump’s supporters for their opposition to the US president.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College students Ryan Lucas, Mitchell Cohen, Mitchell Chamberlin and Ashlea Lindsey.