John Monash Centre for Professional Learning

JMSS is currently developing a range of Professional Learning programs, delivered both onsite at JMSS, and online via our Broadcast Studio. Teachers across Victoria are learning about Mathematica in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, with more programs to be announced soon.

Starting in 2017 Emerging Sciences Victoria is pleased to advise it will be offering Professional Development courses for educators using its virtual real-time classroom environment.

Using the proven learning technology and processes developed by John Monash Science School and Monash University teachers will be able to attend regular Professional Development sessions from the comfort of their school or home.  

Online Teacher Professional Development provides the following benefits for participants:

  • No time away from the classroom and family due to travel and attending sessions in a different city or town
  • Professional Development training broken up over multiple classes allowing for improved retention and learning
  • Expert trainers in their field delivering the subjects
  • Expanded networks due to the statewide and potentially national coverage of training courses
  • Courses developed to be counted as eligible hours for Victorian Institute of Teaching Professional Development requirements
  • Reduced costs for attendance and no travel or accommodation costs

Over 2019 and beyond we will be developing a number of different Professional Development courses. These courses may be delivered by John Monash Science School staff, Monash University academics or other educators and trainers.

For more information about our online classes for Year 9 and 10 students, please visit Emerging Sciences Victoria (ESV)

Emerging Sciences Victoria gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Monash University Faculty of Education and Faculty of Science in the establishment of the studio and its initial online student courses.  Emerging Sciences Victoria will continue to work with all areas of Monash University to develop leading, contemporary subjects in science, digital technologies, education and learning models in addition to delivering its own internally developed content.

Current Courses

Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training Program

Series 1 - Mathematica Skills PD

These sessions will give participants the skills required to tackle all required Mathematics for VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1-4. You will be shown how to use the software to answer exam-style questions, how to introduce Mathematica to beginning students, and how to create worksheets in Mathematica for your students to use.

You can select either the Term 1 or Term 2 course as below

Course A - Term 1, 2017 - Tuesdays and Thursdays over 4 weeks. 3.40pm to 4.40pm

Course B - Term 2, 2017 - Every Thursday over 7 weeks. 3.40pm to 4.40pm


Charges - Government schools Free

  Non-government schools (ICSEA below 1000) $280

  Non-government schools (ICSEA above 1000) $420


1. Systems Requirement Check (optional)

2. Wolfram Mathematica Basics

3. Wolfram Mathematica Basics +

4. Variables. Manipulation of data, table creation and usage

5. Creating Mathematica worksheets to use in the classroom

6. Statistics and Probabilty in Mathematica

7. Enhanced Mathematica usage and participant presentations


Course dates

Course A (Term 1) Tues 7 Feb, Thurs 9 Feb, Tues 14 Feb, Thurs 16 Feb, Tues 21 Feb, Thurs 23 Feb, Tues 28th Feb.

Course B (Term 2) Thursdays 20 April, 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 June.


Series 2 - Wolfram Mathematica PD Pedagogy

This set of four lessons are designed to demonstrate how CAS (Mathematica) can be used to introduce and explore complex mathematical ideas. Activities will be designed in such a way that will encourage student-centred learning. Sample activities and corresponding Mathematica files will be demonstrated. Participants will write and share their own resources as part the course.

Course C - Term 2, 2017 - Every second Tuesday over 7 weeks. 3.40pm to 4.40pm. 2 May, 16 May, 30 May and 13 June 2017.

Charges - Government schools Free

  Non-government schools (ICSEA below 1000) $160

  Non-government schools (ICSEA above 1000) $240

1. Mathematica as an inquiry tool

2. Designing your own Mathematica activity that encourages deep learning - a how to guide

3. Examples of deep learning activities that you can bring back to your own classroom

4. Presentations of educator produced lessons