EXCELLERE COLLEGE is a member of The FarNet Schools Online Community.
We welcome opportunities to talk with students, whanau, parents and care-givers about online learning. This medium does not always suit all learners.
As a member of FarNet, we are able to provide students with access to teachers from other schools and cluster’s nationally through online learning. Students are able to use this opportunity to resolve a “timetable clash” or to study a different course or study at a different level which may not be offered at their own school.
Each online learning course will have one or more of the following learning components (blended approach):
- A weekly video conference (VC) class with their teacher and other students in the class
- Paper based (workbooks, textbooks and notes)
- An online component accessed through an online learning environment (website) such as Moodle, UltraNet, KnowledgeNet, Google Docs, FaceBook Private Group
- Video conferencing (VC), or web based conferencing using Adobe Connect.
- Possible visits to or from teachers
All courses offer NZQA Achievement Standards. Communication is maintained through video-conferencing, skype, text, facebook, google chat, email and through the online learning environment.
Please note that acceptance into an online 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. Students will need to meet the pre-requisites of the course.
Acceptance into online courses will also be determined by a recommendation from the school that the student is sufficiently self-motivated, has an excellent attendance record and has the ability to work with less direct teacher supervision than would normally be the case in a face to face class.
We currently have the following VC courses happening throughout the school week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will be my teacher?
If you are enrolled in an online course, your eTeacher will be from another school in New Zealand.
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 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, facebook, google chat, news forums, discussion boards, skype and text messages.
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