The best way to meet the department’s needs was for us to build a range of different blended professional development courses in Canvas. The setup allowed the large learning cohort (all Victorian teachers) to complete the studies in cohorts around a range of subjects, such as supporting students with autism, deaf and hard of hearing, and dyslexia. A department’s Inclusive Classrooms team member facilitated the lessons using a highly interactive, blended online classroom environment that included discussion groups and assignments.
We also placed animations throughout the course to portray student characters in case studies, followed by discussion questions to prompt dialogue between the participants in the cohort. The jewel in the crown of this project was the 50 videos we produced and shot in over a dozen different schools around Victoria. While some videos were straight interviews, others captured particular classroom strategies or activities.