E-Learning @ SRAS
The SRAS e-Learning Program allows students at both Nowra Anglican College (NAC) and Shoalhaven Anglican School (SAS) to study a range of subjects online through the SRAS eLearning Portal. This program increases the overall range of subjects offered across SRAS schools, providing greater flexibility for study in Years 11 and 12. Students are able to
- Study subjects that are not offered face-to-face at their school
- Study a broader range of subjects, including subjects that may clash on the school timetable
Subjects on offer for 2014:
- Engineering Studies
- Legal Studies
- Modern History
- Society and Culture
Information for Parents
Studying through e-Learning is a different approach to study that provides students with greater options in years 11 and 12. In a conventional subject, students attend classes at fixed times throughout the week with a group of other students and are taught the course material face-to-face by their teacher. An e-Learning course works quite differently. Students studying through e-Learning:
- Access course material through a website, the SRAS e-Learning Portal
- Communicate with their teacher mainly through email and the e-Learning Portal
- Study the course during designated study periods and at home
- Meet with their teacher when needed during mutually arranged times throughout the week
This type of learning isn’t for everyone. The level of direct supervision is not as high as a conventional subject and students will need a greater degree of self-regulation. Students who find that they work best in group settings may find that this style of learning does not suit them. On the other hand, this style of learning is very common in tertiary institutions and therefore provides good preparation for tertiary study. For those students adjusting to the different style of learning, help is never far away. All students studying through e-Learning have quick and ready access to their teachers.
While studying an e-Learning subject is different in many ways to a conventional subject there are many similarities as well. You will have course material that you will be expected to read and complete. Each course will have an assessment program. You won’t be on your own, you will communicate with your teacher regularly and with other course participants through online forums and chat sessions. The method by which all of this happens however is very different to a normal class and that is what is described below.
Choosing an e-Learning subject means that you will most likely have 9 study periods throughout the fortnight. Using these study periods well is crucial to your success in your e-Learning course. During each study period you will relocate to the library at NAC or the study centre at SAS. You will login to the SRAS e-Learning Portal and navigate to your course. Your course may be organised on a week by week basis or it may be organised in discrete units of work. You will find activities that you need to complete, videos to watch, websites to visit. You may be asked to join a forum to participate in a discussion and give your opinion. The work that you complete will be submitted online via the portal or via email – whatever is organised by your teacher.
Each fortnight you will have opportunity to meet with your teacher and other students studying your course face-to-face. Transport for SAS students will be provided although it should be noted that students will return late to SAS on these days, usually by 5:30pm. Your teacher may request that you come on these days or may decide that it is optional to attend. Other times to meet with your teacher can be arranged with a reasonable amount of notice given.
Each semester students will sit for exams. This includes e-Learning subjects. These exams will be held at your school and will be arranged by either Mr O’Donnell (NAC) or Mrs Fox (SAS).
The SRAS eLearning Portal
Access to each course is via the SRAS eLearning Portal. The delivery of course material will primarily is via a learning management system called Moodle. Moodle provides a facility for teachers to manage lessons in an online environment. Moodle provides links to lesson notes and videos, it allows students to upload worksheets and submit assignments electronically. Teachers can provide feedback, host forums and students can interact and collaborate with their teacher and each other. Moodle provides the opportunity to study in a modern, engaging learning environment. The aim is to provide high quality courses with variety and depth.
Accessing subject material and communicating with teachers is done mainly via the internet, therefore, students need access to ICT. Most students find that they prefer to use their own device. Preferably this is a portable device such as a laptop or tablet that has the hardware and software to do the following:
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Internet browser
- word processing
Whilst at school students have access to computer resources and the school’s Wi-Fi network.