School well rehearsed with online learning

AS schools around Tasmania have been adjusting to online learning, one Eastern Shore school has had a leg up, making a seamless transition to schooling from home for most of its community during COVID-19.

Australian Christian College’s Hobart campus has been utilising online learning at home for many years.

“We’ve already been making use of an online system in class, so the students were already very used to accessing their material through an online learning management system,” Australian Christian College principal David Noble said.

The school has made a few adjustments in its transition to home, such as using Google Meets so students and teachers can keep in contact with each other.

“We usually have a quick meeting at the start of the day so we can talk about what the students need to do, and then they go online and work through their learning management system,” Mr Noble said.

“We also keep in contact on the phone and through emails to talk about how they’re going.”

Mr Noble said while the best learning environment for students is in a school, there were still a number of benefits to online learning.

“The benefits are that they’re learning self-discipline and self-motivation,” he said.

“We’ve got a learning cycle at our school where we talk to kids about not being afraid to step out into the unknown and this is helping with their confidence.”

Mr Noble said they were still being sensitive to families and catering to each family situation.

“We’ve still got the school open to those families who are essential workers or students who cannot access education from home in a really valid way,” he said.

“My advice for parents is to keep in touch with us and keep things as routine and consistent as possible.

“If students don’t know what’s coming up and there’s massive uncertainty then it’s hard to settle into anything.

“We’re advising parents to have space where students go, so that when they get into that space, they’re at school even though they’re at home – starting online at 8:50am, sticking to a timetable, having recess and lunch – the more routine they have the better.”

Caption: Australian Christian College Hobart campus principal David Noble.

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