The Supporting the Australian Curriculum Online programme provides support for teachers to develop flexible learning approaches and integrate digital resources into the classroom. It is also significantly enhancing the pool of national, state and territory digital curriculum resources to support all teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum.
This $38.1 million programme is being delivered through a number of related projects:
- $10 million to provide support and professional development to teachers to integrate digital curriculum resources into classroom teaching.
- $11.9 million for sourcing and acquiring digital learning resources to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum in the key learning areas of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, languages and the arts. Resources will also support teaching of the cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and sustainability.
- $7.9 million to support the flexible delivery of language teaching and learning through the development of an online Language Learning Space for the priority Asian languages of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese
- $5.4 million for enhancing the existing infrastructure for storage, distribution, discovery and access to digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum.
- $2.9 million towards maintaining and expanding the use of online national services.
Working in partnership
Education Services Australia (ESA) has been engaged to deliver the programme, in collaboration with government and non-government schools authorities, cultural institutions, government agencies, scientific organisations and international content providers
ESA also works closely with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and teacher professional bodies to maximise the benefits of this initiative.
National Digital Learning Resources Network
The Australian Government, along with states and territories, has made a major investment in the National Digital Learning Resources Network managed by ESA. It comprises a digital curriculum resources collection, delivery infrastructure and metadata standards. This investment has enabled the online delivery of the Australian Curriculum and its connection to a growing range of digital curriculum resources for students, as well as resources to support teachers to achieve professional standards.
As resources are progressively acquired they are placed in the National Digital Learning Resources Network and made available through the Scootle portal, and local e-learning platforms through the Australian Curriculum Connect project.