Virtual Learning Centre

Face-to-face learning is a priority in all our schools. To keep our learners and staff as safe as possible, COVID safe measures will be in place in our schools. These measures are in line with Public Health advice and outlined in Tasmania’s Operational Plan for Managing COVID-19 in Schools.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students will be unable to attend their school. When students can’t attend, schools will communicate with parents and carers about support available to learners. Part of this support may include access to the Department of Education Virtual Learning Centre (VLC).

What is the Virtual Learning Centre (VLC)?

The VLC will provide government school students in Kindergarten to Year 12 with:

  • access to quality online learning programs, and
  • online support from a registered teacher.

Students in Kinder to Year 10 will have access to online learning for their year level. These will be on the focus areas of reading and writing, number, physical activity and wellbeing. 

Students in Year 11 to 12can access scheduled online tutorials in English and Mathematics through the Virtual Learning Centre. Students, through their schools, will also be able to access a wide range of subjects via Virtual Learning Tasmania.

Who is the Virtual Learning Centre for?

The Virtual Learning Centre will be available for students to learn from home for short periods of time because:

  • They are in isolation (as per Public Health advice).
  • They have tested positive to COVID-19 but are well enough to continue learning.

How to access?

Parents and carers should contact the school if their child requires access to the VLC.

The VLC is delivered through the Department’s online learning tool Canvas. Parents and carers will be provided with login details and information to access the VLC. (Student login details will be the same as their current Department of Education login.)

Access to devices and internet

Parents and carers will need to notify the school if their child does not have access to a device or the internet. Where possible, schools will be able to provide a device and/or internet dongle for temporary use.

How will we know when lessons are on?

In addition to daily tasks, there will be one online session with a teacher each day for each year level.

View the  session timetable for Kindergarten to Year 10. Links to the online sessions and daily tasks can be accessed in your child’s VLC course in Canvas.

View the lesson timetable for Years 11 and 12 for the scheduled online tutorials for English and Mathematics. These can be accessed via Canvas.

What other supports will be available to my child while learning from home?

Parents and carers can use the Learning at home resources on the Department of Education website to complement the VLC resources.

How does it cater to my child’s individual learning needs?

The lessons in the year level VLC courses have options to help your child complete work at their level of ability. If your child has a Learning Plan in place, your school can arrange access to activities in the VLC that meet your child’s needs. Teachers with special education expertise have supported the development of the lessons. This is to ensure there are a variety of appropriate access points and activities for all levels.

How to get help

Support with using Technology

Technology Support – The Department of Education Tasmania

Support with using Canvas

Canvas Resources – The Department of Education Tasmania

General Virtual Learning Centre questions 

For questions and feedback in relation to virtual learning please email virtual.learning@education.tas.gov.au 

For teachers

Please visit the Teaching and Learning Centre (staff login)

Resources