Rotorua Girls High School is a member of the Volcanics e-Learning Community

Sara Field (Volcanics ePrincipal)

We welcome opportunities to talk with students, whanau, parents and care-givers.

As a member of Volcanics, we are able to provide students with access to teachers from other schools through eLearning. Students are able to use this opportunity to resolve a “timetable clash” or to study a different course or at a different level. 3000 students study this way around New Zealand.

Year 10 students are welcome to enrol in NCEA Level One courses as an extension opportunity.

We also have access to a number of courses provided by tertiary institutions which adds to the range of options available. This includes Waiariki Institute of Technology, Telford Rural Polytechnic, Wintec and Natcoll.

Each eLearning course will have one or more of the following learning components:

  • Paper based (workbooks, textbooks and notes)
  • An online component accessed through an online learning environment such as Moodle, UltraNet, KnowledgeNet, Google Docs
  • Video conferencing (VC), or web based conferencing using Adobe Connect

All courses offer NZQA Achievement Standards and/or Unit Standards. Communication is maintained through video-conferencing, skype, text, email and through the online learning environment.

Please note that acceptance into a virtual course is dependent upon available resources, the level of student enrolment and the timing of the enrolment. Sometimes students will be on a waiting list for a short time.

Acceptance into eLearning courses will also be determined by a recommendation that the student is sufficiently self-motivated and has the ability to work with less direct teacher supervision than would normally be the case in a face to face class.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Who will be my teacher?
    If you are enrolled in an online course, your eTeacher will be from another school in New Zealand
  • How will I communicate or get work to and from my teacher?
    You will be able to communicate regularly with your eTeacher through emails, online forums, online chats, news forums, discussion boards, skype and text messages.
  • How often will I see my teacher?
    You will have an hour long video or web conferencing class each week, and your “eTeacher” will provide an online classroom (like a website) in which you will work 3-4 hours each week.
  • How do I receive work or send work to my eTeacher?
    You will be able to upload your assignments, assessments, tests and any other work into your online classroom. You can also email your work, share it eg through Google Docs, Dropbox etc or simply post it. For work sent online, your eTeacher will mark your work online and send it back the same way.
  • Do I need access to a computer or device at home?
    You will require access during school time to a computer or a device (eg tablet, laptop, phone) and the internet so that you can work independently in your “online environment/online classroom”. If you have the internet at home, that is an added bonus.
  • What happens if I have another class at that time?
    Video-conference lessons take precedence. You will have to make up for the lost time by working with your teacher from your school on what you have missed in their lesson. This is why you need to be self-motivated.
  • Who can apply for an online class?
    You may apply through your Dean or through the eDean to be enrolled in an online course if the subject/course you wish to study is:
    • Not currently offered at your school
    • Clashes with another timetabled class
    • Offered through a tertiary organisation
    Students who apply must be self motivated and well organised

To find out about the subjects offered and available through Volcanics and other online communities please click on the link below

Subjects on offer

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