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The Arts Unit

Digital Engagement

Engaging over 390,000 students and teachers annually.
Online access to arts education, professional learning, virtual excursions and streamed events.

Featured Content

Introduced Species 360

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Virtual Excursion:

What happens when the man-made enters the natural landscape? What will happen to these pristine environments?

Composer Katy Abbott, uses the true events of a cargo ship in 1992 spilling nearly 29,000 duck bath toys into the North Pacific Ocean as the catalyst for her work: Introduced Species.

Six 360 cameras were embedded into the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's performance of Introduced Species. Other cameras were also placed above the orchestra and in the auditorium, to give the viewer a unique and immersive experience of the performance.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Operation Art 2019 Exhibition

Virtual Excursion:

This series of lessons take their inspiration from 20 artworks exhibited at the 2019 Operation Art Exhibition. The artworks have been created by students in Stages ES1 through to S3 in the classroom. Each lesson contains syllabus outcomes and indicators directly linked to teaching and learning activities with suggestions for formative assessment. There are recommendations for artist studies and step by step instructions on how to create artworks in your classroom.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

SpecEd 2019

Virtual Excursion:

SpecEd 2019 is an online, comprehensive, classroom resource drawn from this year’s Schools Spectacular theme, STARS! Written by teachers for teachers, in consultation with The Arts Unit, this fantastic, cross-curricular resource comprises five units of work encompassing a wide range of stages of learning and KLAs. In a crowded curriculum, this resource is simply a must! It has been structured to ensure it is easy to use, easy to apply and, most importantly, delivers those essential outcomes as suited to your students’ stage/s of learning and abilities.

Every student is a star and collectively we shine! So, bring some SpecEd ‘celestial sparkle’ into your classroom, ensuring you and your students truly experience this year’s Schools Spectacular theme, STARS.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).
Latest eResources

What is The Arts Unit Digital Engagement?

The Arts Unit (TAU) Digital Engagement provides online resources, access and information to virtual excursions and live streams of creative and performing arts, speaking competitions, Premier's challenges and professional development (PD), engaging students and teachers throughout NSW.

Content is delivered by experts and accompanied by resources drawn within The Arts Unit and industry partners. In addition to live engagement, our extensive digital library offers various tools to assist schools and teachers in their classrooms.

Latest eResources
View Schools Spectacular 2019 teachers briefing

Teacher professional learning

TAU Digital Engagement offers an extensive digital library of teacher identified professional development, visit The Arts Unit Learning Hub.

Virtual excursions

Virtual excursions are streamed via  Distance and Rural Technologies (DART).

The Arts Unit excursions include:

  • HSC Dance Callback series
  • HOME schools virtual art-making with  Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones and virtual excursions to the Art Gallery of NSW.
  • Festival of Choral Music repertoire (FoCM)
  • State drama and dance festivals

Streamed events

Events are streamed via The Arts Unit Facebook page and YouTube channel.

To keep informed of upcoming events, click on the sign up button at the top of this page.

Remember to like and follow TAU Facebook page to keep up with the latest news, and subscribe to TAU YouTube page.

Upcoming virtual excursions

NSW Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition 2019
9:00 am

NSW Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition 2019

Years 3 and 4 Final

Schools Spectacular 2019
11:30 am

Schools Spectacular 2019

First combined rehearsal

NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019
10:00 am

NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019

Primary Schools State Debating Championships Final

NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019
11:00 am

NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019

Years 9 and 10 Final

How did we get here?

How do we create online learning?

Multitouch eLearning

Our Multitouch eLearning Framework is research based and employs a variety of delivery systems, devices, formats and styles within the one learning experience, reinvigorating online learning.


Project scoped, resources allocated, licensing and permissions obtained.

Key learning objectives are identified. What will the participant learn? Why is this learning important?


Filming is generally unobtrusive with 1 to 2 cameras, small lapel mics or separate audio recording. A variety of filming styles are used including:

  • observational
  • documentary
  • short ‘to camera’ sections by the tutor
  • scripted or dedicated film shoots.

Footage is also repurposed from events, webinars, performances, streams and virtual excursions.


The footage is then sent to a specialist content writer who working as a subject matter expert, identifies key learning areas and sections suitable to develop assessment material from, and provides edit points.


The footage is edited. Closed captions and interactive transcripts are ordered for accessibility compliance.

Content Writing

Content writing involves developing online assessment material that is aligned to the Australian Teaching Standards. Resources are also created if required. Guides, examples and templates are supplied.

Instructional Design

After content writing is complete, the project progresses to instructional design (using an eLearning authoring tool) to construct the course.

Accessibility Remediation

Accessibility specialist reviews and remediates all content.


Courses published to a review platform for feedback and changes.


MyPl application written and, once approved, submitted to the platform.


Short promo videos are created and distributed through TAU social media channels.


Data is gathered to determine the level and quality of engagement, interaction and learning outcomes in a continuous refinement of our process and our learning resources.

Human-centred design is a creative approach to problem solving. It places people at the heart of the problems we solve. By understanding who we are trying to reach we can design better solutions.​
Digital NSW, digital priorities

What else is available?

The Arts Unit website

Visit TAU website for a full list of all programs provided by The Arts Unit including:

  • creative and performing arts programs
  • NSW Premier's challenges
  • Schools Spectacular
  • speaking competitions.
Visit TAU Website

Animated eClips​

Engaging video clips to convey ideas and information quickly and effectively. Animations have been created to provide hints and tips for students and teachers to prepare for public speaking competitions.

Interactive info packs​

Information presented in a non-linear, dynamic and engaging way, combining video, audio and downloadables in an innovative package accessible online.

View 2018 Music Ensembles info pack

Why are we investing in digital content?

The benefits of eLearning
eLearning can be access anytime, anywhere, on any device and has many benefits for the learner.
Control over where and when learning occurs
Ready access to refresher training
Immediate access to supplementary resources
Connection to other learners, when needed
Better experience for learners, such as rich multimedia
An environment familiar
to learners who already
use the internet

It is often a misconception that asynchronous eLearning is purely self-directed.
Mentors, networks and social media channels can provide invaluable support to learners.
A blended learning approach to eLearning encourages improved motivation and engagement.


One of the greatest challenges in developing and delivering effective eLearning is to resist the exponential decline of memory.