Frequently Asked Questions
What is GTAV eCourses?
The Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria is committed to excellence in geographical education. GTAV eCourses support classroom teachers by providing independent and quality professional learning. Click here to find out more about the GTAV. Click here to find out more about eCourses on this website.
Who can enrol in GTAV eCourses?
Any teacher can enrol in a GTAV eCourse. The courses support beginning teachers, pre service teachers, secondary teachers and casual relief teachers who teach Geography in schools. Content is designed for out-of-field Geography teachers as well as being applicable for those wanting to refresh practice and learn new content and pedagogies in Geography teaching.
What does a GTAV eCourse cover?
Each of the GTAV eCourses provides professional learning in Geography teaching. There will be a variety of information included across courses including reading, watching videos, self-assessment tasks, formal assessment tasks and reflection on professional practice.
How long does it take to complete a course?
This varies from course to course. Some are short and can be completed in 2–3 hours. Others are longer and will take a number of weeks to complete.
Can I complete the courses at any time of the year?
You can complete the courses any time that suits you. The modules within the Certificate of Geography Competency will be available from the following dates:
- 1. Skills module : now available
- 2. Fieldwork module: available April 2018
- 3. Concepts module: available July 2018
- 4. Spatial Technology module: available November 2018
Can I complete multiple courses at once?
The first GTAV eCourses offered in 2018 will only be available on a term-by-term basis. From 2019 the teachers may be able to choose to complete multiple courses at once.
What digital access do I need?
As this is online professional learning, you will need access to the internet and to a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari). Some courses also require access to Vimeo and YouTube for course videos.
How are courses accredited for professional learning?
Each GTAV eCourse is mapped to AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and is therefore able to be used for VIT registration and annual renewal in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The GTAV is an endorsed provider of NESA Registered Professional Development at Proficient Teacher level.
Each eCourse is also mapped to the Professional Standards for Teaching School Geography. These, along with the hours completed, will be detailed on the certificate you receive upon successful completion of each course.
How many hours of accreditation will I gain from competing GTAV eCourses?
This will depend on the course/s chosen. Short courses will again an accreditation of 2–3 hours. Longer courses, such as the modules for the Certificate of Geography Competency which take place over 7 – 8 weeks to complete, will gain an accreditation of 14–20 hours.
How do I successfully complete a GTAV Certificate of Geography Competency eCourses?
Successful completion of a module in the Certificate of Geography Competency is based on the successful completion of the formal assessment item. This requires a teacher to carefully follow the assessment guidelines and produce an assessable piece of work which be used in a Geography class. The assessment will be sent to the GTAV for formal marking. A certificate will be sent once the formal assessment is successfully completed.
Can I resubmit my formal assessment if I am unsuccessful with my first submission?
If you are unsuccessful with the first submission you may choose to submit your formal assessment one more time. You will be provided with detailed feedback to help guide you to producing a successful formal assessment. There will be an additional fee of $55 (including GST) for resubmission. There is no rebate on this fee.
Is there a maximum file size limit for sending formal assessment?
All formal assessment items must be emailed as PDF documents. There is a maximum file size limit of 10 MB for each email.
How much do GTAV eCourses cost?
There are varying costs depending on the length and complexity of each course – you can see the prices of each course when you browse each course. The GTAV aims to keep charges as low as possible to provide access to as many teachers as possible. The GTAV is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation – any income received from these courses is used to provide further professional learning and quality resources in Geography.
Note: All current GTAV members will receive a 20% rebate after each course has been purchased. There is no rebate on resubmissions for assessments.
Contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for your rebate.
How do I enrol to complete a GTAV eCourse?
Join by registering to this website and then use the Login to browse through the courses. When you find a course that interests you, click on “purchase this course” and complete all the instructions in the cart and checkout sections.
How do I pay for GTAV eCourses?
Payment is made by credit card. All course prices are inclusive of GST.
I’ve forgotten my password – what do I do?
Click the LOGIN button and then ‘Lost your password?’. Enter your email address and we’ll send you a link so you can reset your password.
Who do I contact if I have a question to ask?
Please contact the GTAV office at email@example.com. We will get back to you within five business days.
Can I provide feedback about a course I have completed?
The GTAV is very interested in finding out about your experience and thoughts when completing our eCourses. At the end of each course you are provided with a link to complete a survey. This provides you with an opportunity to provide valuable feedback.
Can I attend face-to-face professional learning events with the GTAV?
The GTAV offers many other opportunities for face-to-face professional learning. These vary from half- and one-day workshops, annual conference events and fieldwork days. Visit the GTAV website for a calendar of more professional learning events.