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).


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.

Persuasive texts: 6–26 July 2020

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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.

18 June to 16 July 2020

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Launching Spelling Through Reading and Writing presented by Robyn Wild

While most Kindergarten teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own texts.

13 July to 10 August 2020

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

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.

4 August–8 September 2020

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This course will be presented in 12 live webinars on Mondays from 4.30–6.30 pm on the following dates dates (add them to your calendar when you register):

Term 3: Weeks 5–10 17, 24, 31 August and 7, 14, 21 September
Term 4: Weeks 2–7 19, 26 October and 2, 9, 16 and 23 November

Grammar and teaching: A twelve week program  presented in a live webinar series by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton

As a result of the implementation of the national curriculum and the NAPLAN test many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum areas. In this online course learners will:

  • Explore those features of grammar necessary for students to master by the end of the middle years of schooling
  • Develop understandings of the grammatical concepts outlined in the syllabus documents and in the writing component of NAPLAN
  • Define a pedagogy which includes the teaching of grammar in meaningful contexts relating to the subject matter of the curriculum

17 August–23 November 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!