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Web-based courses: e-learning

 
On enrolment, all students are issued
with a username and password for all EQ platforms (MIS email, The Learning Place, One School) which enables them to access online courses, the school Discovery Centre and other learning and support materials. All courses are delivered online and students have access to instructional materials, learning resources, chat groups, email connections and discussion boards. Teachers and students make use of these online communications and resources as an integral part of the schooling experience.
 
It is important that students have reliable and regular access to the internet as most courses require students to download materials and submit work electronically via the internet.

Curriculum materials

Depending on the subjects and courses students select, a range of different curriculum materials and learning resources may be provided to students. All courses are delivered online and all curriculum materials can be accessed online. Online learning materials may be supplemented with a range of other materials including (but not limited to) CDs, DVDs, text books, magazines, novels, plays and newspapers. Some courses contain supplementary printed material which will be provided, if required. 

Using the Internet

The use of the internet as a learning tool underpins the learning programs used in this school. Like any community based resource, there are responsibilities parents and students must be aware of when using the internet. 
 
Parents and tutors are encouraged to:
  • ensure students are aware of the risks and benefits associated with the use of internet services and the measures within the home to minimise these risks,
  • develop intranet, internet and email usage guidelines, and
  • prepare students to cope with unanticipated access to materials or people that may pose a risk.
As part of the school’s enrolment agreement, parents/carers also acknowledge the following:
  • the internet can provide students with valuable learning experiences,
  • the internet gives access to information on computers around the world,
  • the school cannot control what is on those computers, and
  • a very small part of that information can be illegal, dangerous or offensive.

Teachers will always exercise their duty of care. Protection against exposure to harmful information should depend finally upon responsible use by students. Students using the internet irresponsibly will be subject to appropriate action by the school. Please refer to the BSDE Responsible Behaviour Management Plan. Consequences for breach of rules relating to internet and email usage may include loss, for some time, of internet access on the school’s computers, suspension from attending scheduled lessons or exclusion from the school.

Electronic submission of school work

There is the facility for the electronic return of work using email or the Learning Place, (eg. digital drop-box facility in Blackboard). However, before electronically submitting work it is recommended that students check with their teacher/s to determine the suitability of electronic work return for the subject. Some subjects and/or tasks within subjects are better suited to electronic work return than others. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have saved copies to their computer of all work transmitted in the event of a transmission error occurring. Online submission of work is through the relevant Blackboard subject course (eg. digital drop box, Wiki upload, assignment upload) by the stated due date. 
 
Please refer to the links below:

Digital documents

Digital documents must be in one of the following formats: 
  • .doc or .docx – Word document
  • .html – web page
  • .xls or .xlsx – Excel Spreadsheet
  • .pdf – Adobe Acrobat format
  • .ppt or .pptx – Power Point
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Note: ​Enrolled students will need to log in using their EQ email and password.

Audio files

Audio work will be accepted in the following formats:
  • MP3 digital format
  • WAV
  • or in a format that can be opened in Windows Media Player

Visual files or scanned images

Images are to be in one of the following formats:
  •  .jpg – jpeg (preferably)
  •  .gif  (are also accepted but sometimes can be large)
  •  .bmp (are also accepted but are too large)
  •  .AVI – video
  •  .Mpeg –video
  •  .WMV – video
  •  .MP4 - video

Video files must be in MP4 format with the following minimum settings: 

  • ​​150 kbps or greater or Display size 320 x 240 
Video files may be sent to the school in CD-ROM, or DVD or on a ‘flash drive’/USB drive.

Student email addresses for communication

All enrolled students will use an official (DET) webmail address for communication with the school (eg. jsmit1@eq.edu.au). This address will be provided following enrolment. BSDE staff will only communicate to the (DET) email address. Students must conform to the acceptable use of email. DET email addresses can be monitored and retrieved if required. Using the DET email address also allows the school to provide password resets as required.