Virtual Learning at Museums Victoria FAQ

What is virtual learning?

While we are currently unable to deliver excursions onsite, our Museums Victoria Education Team is still here to support your teaching and your students’ learning. We have developed a range of virtual learning programs based on our most popular excursions that are designed for learning at home and learning from school.

These digital experiences allow students and teachers to connect with Museums Victoria’s unique collections and stories through live interactive programs. Some programs also include digital and/or printable resources and booklets. All our virtual learning programs are targeted at specific year levels and align with the Victorian Curriculum.

We have two kinds of virtual learning options at Museums Victoria: (i) ‘virtual learning programs’; and (ii) ‘webinars’.

What is a virtual learning program?

A virtual learning program is an exclusive program for your school run via Zoom Meetings. These interactive programs run for 45 minutes (30 minutes for kindergarten programs) and include a Q&A component.  Students, teachers and museum educators all have their cameras on during these sessions.

What is a webinar?

A webinar is run via Zoom Webinar and can be delivered to multiple schools at once. Museum Educators can be seen during webinars, whereas students and teachers cannot.

Our webinars include our Meet the Museum sessions that provide access to experts and insights into behind the scenes spaces across Museums Victoria. Webinars run for a maximum of 60 minutes.

How much does virtual learning cost?

 A virtual learning program costs $90 per 30 students (one connection) plus an education booking fee.

  • 30 students/1 connection $90 + education booking fee
  • 60 students/2 connections $180 + education booking fee
  • 90 students/3 connections $270 + education booking fee
  • 120 students/4 connections $360 + education booking fee

 A webinar costs $55 per session plus an education booking fee with an unlimited number of students and schools.

The education booking fee is $35 per booking.

How do I book a virtual learning program at Museums Victoria?

Visit our webpages to explore the range of programs and webinars on offer. Once you find a session you’d like to book, email our bookings team at [email protected]. After you’ve booked you will receive instructions on how to join the session. You can pass those instructions onto your students.

Who presents the virtual learning program?

The Museums Victoria education team from Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum deliver our virtual learning programs. Our education team are experienced educators and have up-to-date Working with Children Checks, which can be provided electronically on request.

Can my students participate in a virtual learning program without completing any of the accompanying activities and resources?

Yes, however, we recommend using the activities and resources alongside the virtual learning program to ensure deeper learning outcomes.

Which virtual platform is being used?

Virtual learning at Museums Victoria is run via Zoom. It’s free and easy to use. All you need is a computer or device with internet access. It’s great if it also has a web cam and mic but that's not necessary.

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher, who can then pass this onto their students. We ask that teachers join the session using the link 15 minutes before the scheduled start time and students join the session 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Click the link and follow the prompts to open Zoom (don’t run in your browser, unless you have trouble downloading the App). Once it’s up and running you'll be placed in a waiting room.

Teachers and students do not need to make an account to join the meeting. They will be asked to enter a name Students should enter their first name and last initial (e.g. Oliver T) so they can be admitted from the waiting room.

Please note, if you haven’t used Zoom before we recommend that teachers run a practise session with their students. If learning from home, younger students will need support from a parent/guardian to join the Zoom meeting. If interested, parents/guardians are welcome to observe the session.

Why do you ask teachers and students to join early?

We ask teachers and students to connect to our virtual learning link early as they may need time to download Zoom.

Is Zoom secure?

We take all precautions to secure our virtual learning programs.

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Do teachers need to attend the virtual learning programs with their students?

Yes, teachers are responsible for their students and hold the duty of care for students during all virtual learning programs. Helping to monitor student behaviour is appreciated. Some programs require teachers to join earlier, settle their class, and then hand over to Museums Victoria educators.

Will there be students from other schools in our virtual learning program?

Virtual learning programs are exclusive to your class. Webinars are open to multiple schools.

What if the virtual learning schedule doesn’t work for my class?

If there is a specific time that suits you, let us know so that we can take it into consideration by emailing [email protected]

Can you provide a recorded version of the virtual learning program?

Due to child privacy laws, we are unable to record programs. As such, we offer our programs regularly to maximise the opportunity for all students to attend.

We encourage teachers to consider the privacy of their students in their homes during virtual learning and ask that no screenshots or pictures are taken during sessions with other schools. However, pictures can be taken if you have negotiated permission with your own class.

Do my students need to download Zoom Meetings?

Yes, this is very easy. Students can follow the prompts to download Zoom when they click on the link to join the webinar. If you have issues downloading, you can access the meeting via an internet browser.

I’m a parent, can I book my children into one of these virtual learning programs

No, these programs are developed to be booked by a teacher and delivered to a class of students. Home school networks are of course welcome to book programs.

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