Online courses

Online professional learning for individuals and whole schools

Enrol in self-paced, moderated courses for individuals running from 4–6 weeks. Or sign up for Special Delivery versions, with 20 weeks whole-school access. Access our courses through your laptop, desktop, or using the Moodle app for tablets and phones (see below).

Teaching Visual Literacy with multimodal Texts. Jennifer Asha

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (within Australia)

Teaching visual literacy with multimodal texts presented and moderated by Jennifer Asha

This short online course presented by Jennifer Asha is designed to provide you with a glimpse of the Australian Curriculum: English related to multimodal texts, to hear some ideas for how to think and talk about multimodal texts, and take part in some suggested literacy teaching and learning activities using multimodal texts. The course consists of separate self-paced modules and activities designed to adapt what you have learned to your classroom context.

20 April–30 May 2020

Teaching Knowledge fo rthe Art and Craft of Writing by Dr Rod Campbell

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (within Australia)

Teaching Knowledge for the Art and Craft of Writing presented and moderated by Rod Campbell

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each.

20 April–30 May 2020


4 August–8 September 2020

Teaching with Intent Course 1: Planning for Scientific Language with EAL/D students in the Primary Years presented and moderated by Dr Bronwyn Parkin and Dr Helen Harper

Teaching with Intent Course 1: Planning for Scientific Language with EAL/D students in the Primary Years presented and moderated by Dr Bronwyn Parkin and Dr Helen Harper

This course, for primary years classroom teachers and primary science specialist teachers — and the first of a series of three Teaching with Intent online courses —focuses on planning and programming in science in a way that helps students to gain control of authoritative scientific language. More than word walls: it involves students gaining control of grammar and text structure.

27 April–29 May 2020

Joint Construction: From model text to writing. Joanne Rossbridge

Participants who register for all three courses will receive a complimentary copy of Put It In Writing: Context, text and language (2015).

Joint Construction: From model text to writing presented by Joanne Rossbridge

Each of the three independent online courses in this series, for teachers of students for Foundation to Year 6, is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of texts.

Imaginative texts: 11–31 May 2020


Informative texts: 9–28 June 2020


Persuasive texts: 6–26 July 2020

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (within Australia)

Supporting Struggling Readers presented and moderated by Dr Kaye Lowe

This online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling readers. The workshop is about motivating disinterested students to engage with reading and writing. It explores how to organize the literacy block so that the needs of all readers are accommodated in the classroom..

1 June to 30 June 2020

A Text Based Approach to Teaching Phonics byDr Leonie Arthur and Dr Margery Hertzberg

A text-based Approach to Teaching Phonics presented by Dr Leonie Arthur and Dr Margery Hertzberg

This course is specially designed for early career teachers working in the foundation year or early years of school, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners.

This practical course focuses on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It demonstrates strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in a meaningful context.

1 June–30 June 2020

The craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor texts, banner with author photo liked to booking page

Actively noticing the craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor texts presented by Dr Lorraine McDonald

This course demonstrates how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing purposes.

Participants will apply explicit language/grammatical knowledge to closely observe how readers are engaged, how the texts are cohesive and how writers introduce the topic/orientation. Excerpts from several recent Children’s Book Council of Australia award winning texts (both fiction and non-fiction) are our mentor models.

9 June to 7 July 2020

Simple instructions for accessing the Moodle app

  1. Download the free Moodle app from the App Store or Google Play
  2. After installing the app on your device, open the app. You will be prompted to fill in our site address: http://petaa.learnbook.com.au
  3. Enter your username and password (please note — we advise you setting this up first through your desktop, using the email sent to you by PETAA College Administrator).
  4. Click on site home and available courses. This will show you the full list of PETAA courses available. Any in which you are enrolled will appear without a padlock symbol.
  5. Click on any of the the courses in which you have enrolled and start learning!
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