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Attendance and Engagement


For students to gain the most from the Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE) courses, they must engage fully with the learning. The nature of Distance Education is such that to engage fully, students must regularly complete learning tasks and communicate with their teachers about their learning.  It is an expectation that ALL students attend scheduled online lessons.

Both attendance and engagement are demonstrated by participation in scheduled lessons (SLs), web-conferencing and blackboard courses, return of diagnostic tasks or units of work, communication with the teacher by phone or email, or attendance at BSDE activities.

Students demonstrate their ‘effort’ by the regularity and variety of contact and completion of weekly activities.

Students must have at least 80% attendance in the learning program course to qualify for credit in that unit. Students who fail to attend/engage appropriately will be removed from their class and may need to ‘show cause’ why they should be given credit for the course of study.

Negotiation with the Heads of Department needs to occur before the student will be reallocated to the subject teacher. Once a student has been removed from a teacher’s class due to inactivity, they will not necessarily be reallocated to the same teacher.

VET students are required to participate in online sessions to develop a bank of evidence to support achievement in the certificate being undertaken - see competency based assessment within VET subjects.