Widening Participation Unit

Widening Participation Unit

Our Program

What are LEAP - Links Virtual Classrooms?

LEAP - Links coordinate Masterclass video conference sessions between schools and academics from Macquarie University using connected classroom technology. The aim of this program is to facilitate university aspiration and provide curriculum enrichment for students who are typically under-represented in higher education; such as students from low-SES as well as Rural and Remote areas of NSW. 

These one-off presentations are designed to support the curriculum or broaden knowledge about career and study options. 

How the virtual classroom program works?

This program provides schools with access to research and academia using connected classroom technology. Each Virtual Classroom Session provides schools from across NSW the opportunity to log in to an online video conference workshop on a particular curriculum area or career topic. 

The workshop presenters are usually academics, PhD students or graduates from Macquarie University and give up their time voluntarily to enrich the lives of students in NSW. Each session is professionally recorded, edited and uploaded online so that teachers have access to these videos after the virtual classroom session has occurred.


Virtual Classrooms: 2016

Women in Science
Careers in Engineering 2016
National Science Week Virtual Classroom Series: 21st Century Technologies
  • From Arduino to Self-Driving Cars & Shipping Port Automation
  • Accessible Automation
  • Creative Robotics
Study Wellbeing
  • How Social Media Can Help You Study
  • Stress is good for you, right?
Careers in Health and Helping
  • Chiropractic: A path to Cracking Success
  • The Secret to Making a Difference
  • MRI: Physicists and Engineers make it happen

Virtual Classrooms: 2015

Junior Science: Astronomy
Women in Science
Careers in Engineering 2015
Careers in Science 2015
Engineering Studies
Maths in the Real World
Girls in Technology

Contact Us

Casey Featon
LEAP Project Coordinator

11 Hadenfeld Ave (MAP REF: R,5)
Building Y2A  Macquarie University 2109  

T: +61 2 9850 1930
E: casey.featon@mq.edu.au

For Students and Schools

Videos produced from each Virtual Classrooms Series can also be viewed from our LEAP YouTube Channel. You can also follow the links to each video in the Sessions tab on this page.

To register for upcoming video conference sessions log into the Dart Connections website and search for excursions by provider 'Leap-Links @ Macquarie Univeristy'. 

Some of our past Virtual Classrooms have included these topics:

Junior Science: AstronomyWomen in ScienceCareers in Engineering 
Careers in ScienceEngineering StudiesEnglish
Maths in the Real WorldGirls in TechnologyHistory

For Macquarie Academics

LEAP-Links Virtual Classroom Series provides an opportunity for academics to participate in community outreach and school engagement, offering their particular skills and expertise to a targeted audience of aspiring high school students from rural and remote areas.

Photo: A/Professor Viviana Wuthrich (L) from the Department of Psychology and Carl Svensson (R) from the Department of Engineering, presenting a Virtual Classroom masterclass in Session 2, 2016.

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