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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.

What is The Arts Unit Digital Engagement?

The Arts Unit (TAU) Digital Engagement provides online creative and performing arts, public speaking and debating education and professional development (PD), engaging students and teachers throughout NSW.

Content is delivered by experts and accompanied by useful classroom resources. It ranges from NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) registered and non-registered courses, to virtual excursions, streamed events and extensive digital libraries. This ensures learning supports teacher accreditation requirements and is relevant, memorable and meaningful for everyone.

Latest resources

Teacher professional learning

TAU Digital Engagement offers NESA accredited courses on MyPL. For a list of available courses and their course codes, select the specific subject channels below.

To view 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 upcoming excursions include:

  • HSC Dance Callback series
  • home schools virtual art-making lesson with Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones
  • Festival of Choral Music repertoire
  • Home schools virtual excursion to the Art Gallery of NSW.

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.

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.