What is it?
A virtual excursion runs like a video conference. During a live, interactive session with educators, students can explore some of the galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, and see photographs, works of art, and film. They can learn about objects from our collection, and participate in activities during an Australian curriculum-linked program.
What equipment do I need?
A virtual excursion connection uses broadband internet and a computer or smart tablet with camera capabilities, such as a webcam, so that we can see your group. These will need to be connected to equipment like a television screen or interactive whiteboard, so that students can see our presenters. It is recommended that you connect an external microphone, so that we can hear students clearly. Students can also connect if they are learning at home.
To run a virtual excursion, you will need to download software (the Memorial uses Zoom) to connect in a “virtual meeting room”. Our Digital Learning Officer can discuss software requirements with you.
Please contact your IT or departmental support team to determine if there are any firewall restrictions, or if you are unsure what software and hardware your school uses. Security settings need to allow video and audio to be sent and received. We will conduct a short test with you approximately one week before the virtual excursion.
How do I book?
The Memorial can host up to three classes per virtual excursion, to a maximum of 100 students. Schools are limited to two bookings per term.
Programs run for forty-five-minutes and are currently free of charge. Morning sessions occur at 9.30am, 10.45am on Thursdays and Fridays. Afternoon sessions occur on Thursdays, at 12.45pm and 2.00pm (AEST/AEDT).
There is some flexibility with start times in case of clashes with your school timetable, lunch times, and time zones.
The dates for Term 3, 2021 are now open.
Note: Wednesday 15 September is offered in lieu of Thursday 16 September, as the studio is unavailable.
For bookings, future availability and more information, please contact the Digital Learning Officer at VirtualExcursions@awm.gov.au. Please include the following information:
If your school has not previously participated in a virtual excursion with the Memorial, you will need to conduct a short five minute test at least one week before the virtual excursion, between 8.45-9.15am, or 3.15–3.45pm (AEST/AEDT) on Thursdays. Please confirm your preference for a morning or afternoon test and your preferred Thursday date upon booking. Let the Digital Learning Officer know if you are unable to make either of these options.
Terms and conditions
- Cancellations and changes to student numbers need to be made via email at least 5 business days before the virtual excursion.
- If a school does not attend their scheduled test run session, there is no guarantee the virtual excursion can be delivered.
- Virtual excursions cannot be recorded for distribution.
- In the event of technical difficulties which may impact the quality of the program, the Memorial reserves the right to stop the virtual excursion. While all efforts will be made to reschedule, a new program time cannot be guaranteed.
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