CEP has facilitated the provision of authentic blended learning approaches in rural and remote communities for many years, often stimulated by the challenges these communities face in delivering specialist curriculum and a breadth of subjects.
Blended and virtual learning approaches not only present a contemporary learning approach but have proven to be an effective tool for rural students in addressing their geographic isolation from peers, venues and services.
As one student highlighted:
“Online learning allows collaboration and discussion with a wider range of students and teachers.”
“Face-to-face learning is good for writing notes and answering questions, especially because I am in a small class. However, the online class provides greater variation in thinking because there are more people involved., which is particularly helpful for subject revision.”
CEP’s Blended Learning approach has facilitated programs to enhance:
- The provision of face-to-face learning within individual schools
- The facilitation of online webinars, bringing together students from various rural education communities to learn together under the guidance of a quality educator
- The development of online resources that students can access anytime and from anywhere
In 2007, CEP developed the eKids framework to encourage and support the use of blended learning approaches.
- eKids: focused on providing learning for talented students from rural and remote communities;
- eKids science program which engages upper primary school students in science based learning
- eKids Biology: a program supporting VCE students in the learning of Biology.
While many of these initiatives have seemed ‘fun’ and a ‘novel way’ to teach and learn, they have always been developed with rich methodology and innovation at their core.
Further information on the eKids Framework can be gained by clicking on: eKids Framework