Online education for schools in Australia is being developed, with a major push to create online curricula for every Australian child by the 2020 Olympics.
The Australian Government has announced that it will be creating the first national online education service for schools, which will be developed in partnership with the Queensland Government.
“We are looking to support and develop a national online learning platform, based on best practices from the world of digital learning, including online education for school children,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said.
“As a first step, we will work with the state and territory governments to create a national platform to help us deliver the best value for money for schools.”
Online education in Australia has been the subject of a national inquiry in May, which recommended that all Australian schools should be able to access online content, and that digital learning should be delivered to students via an internet connection.
The inquiry also called for a “robust and effective” system for access to educational content, including through a digital platform.
Schools will be able use the state-of-the-art software to create digital versions of their curriculum, and the content will be available to students and teachers via a single online portal.
Schools can create their own online courses online and send students to an online provider to learn from.
The government is working with education providers to create an online portal that will be accessible to students.
The online portal will also allow parents to request their children’s personalised content be used for online learning, such as homework or personalisation.
“The government is committed to a digital future where learning is more seamless and accessible,” Birmingham said in a statement.
“This is an important first step to help ensure we are able to deliver the greatest value for Australian taxpayers.”