This upgrade is an enhanced digital learning application with live streamed lectures, interactive resources, videos, social and discussion capabilities, all in one familiar place – your existing Learning Management System (Moodle).
Following a rigorous learner-centered design process our new digital learning environment offers:
As you know, online learning is not a new thing. In fact, we have been offering online subjects for a number of years. What’s different about this upgrade is that it is more than just slides, video or a pdf on a screen – it’s an immersive and individualised digital environment that makes learning more experiential – a complete transformation from the online learning you've been used to.
As part of our commitment to working with and listening to our students, we have developed a digital transformation feedback group comprising of current students and graduates who will be engaging in real-life utilisation of the application and providing us with their honest feedback. Over the next few weeks they will be testing the application themselves and we'll be making improvements based on this valuable feedback.
After undergoing multiple student and academic focus groups, we will be ready for launch in January 2021 with 23 subjects with the rest of the theory subjects rolling out later in 2021. This means that we will no longer be offering on campus theory subjects for students. All remaining practical, pre-clinical and clinical subjects will continue to be delivered in a blended and/or on-campus format.
Here's a sneak peek of the digital learning environment...
"I liked that I was able to study in my own time and still continue with work and family life. I felt very supported by the lecturers who personally would address questions and had a sense of student life and belonging by the connecting through the loop - this helped to keep the motivation." Lexi Crouch, Nutrition graduate, Brisbane
Daily life can be hectic. With family, work and life commitments, it can be hard to make the time to come onto campus for all your subjects. Our upgraded digital learning capabilities give you added convenience and flexibility to structure study around your life. While, at the same time, adapting to how you learn and your own strengths and weaknesses.
An added bonus of digital learning is that you can be anywhere and still study with us. No more geographical boundaries that prohibit you from turning your passion into your purpose. Live beachside in Byron Bay? Near the rainforest in Cooktown? In wine country in Margaret River? You’ll still be able to learn at Endeavour College. If you live near a campus you can also book into a room and do your digital classes there too. The choice is yours.
You’ll only need to come onto campus when it comes time to do your practical and clinical classes – and this is only for our Health Science degrees – many of our courses can be done entirely online. However, the campuses are always open to you, whether you're there to study, meet classmates, attend one of our on campus events, use the library and more.
"The online environment exceeded my expectations and I love that I gain extra time due to less travel. I feel online delivery is the way of the future." Rebecca Shilton, Naturopathy student, Brisbane
We appreciate that no two student journeys are the same. Therefore, it’s important we shape the student learning experience based on the individual.
Whether you’re a visual, aural, kinaesthetic or verbal learner the digital environment supports how you learn best. How? The learning journey is cyclical, not lineal, meaning if you don’t quite understand something, the program will help you to learn it before moving forward so you don’t end up compounding your errors. It learns your strengths and weaknesses to develop your skills and knowledge in a supported environment, improving information retention and creating better results.
Our theory subjects are the only subjects that will be moved to a digital learning environment. Clinical subjects will remain on campus with the same number of clinical hours (with greater student practitioner flexibility thanks to the new clinic block model). For practical subjects, some theory may be delivered through live streaming, but the essential practical, hands-on content will still be delivered on campus.
Our Health Science degrees prepare our graduates for their future careers. This is why we place such a huge focus and priority on our on campus practical and clinical subjects which make up a significant portion of our Health Science degrees.
Clinical experience develops skills and confidence, preparing students to take their place as career ready professionals. For example, our Naturopathy degree has 1,280 hours of clinical based learning compared our closest competitor with 960 hours. And our Nutrition degree students undertake over 300 hours more clinical based learning than our closest competitor.
Another benefit is that students undertake their clinical practicum hours in the Endeavour on campus clinics, meaning students do not have to organise external clinical placement.
On top of this, Endeavour delivers 42% more facilitated learning hours for non-clinical subjects in Nutrition and 53.8% more hours in Naturopathy than our closest competitor.
Facilitated learning encompasses:
Just because we have moved our theory subjects online doesn’t mean you miss out on a college community. We truly believe that the development and preservation of our Endeavour community is extremely important and we will be retaining this core value.
As an Endeavour student, you’ll have the ability to:
Remember, you are always welcome to come and enjoy campus life and take advantage of our facilities.
A digital learning environment sets you up for future learning and career. More and more employers are looking for ‘digital natives’ who are able to work nimbly and adaptably with technology. Through undertaking subjects in a digital landscape, you are not only building your knowledge for now, but you are also building up good methods, skills and practices for emerging markets – for example, telehealth. In fact, many of you will be using digital platforms to promote and communicate to your existing and future clients.
When you finish college, your learning isn't done and dusted. It is expected of you to continue your professional development to keep growing your career. And most of this doesn’t happen in a classroom. This happens through webinars, podcasts, blogs and a whole host of other digital channels – and they can most often be self-guided and self-motivated. Being used to learning in a digital way will help you navigate your professional development well into the future.
Getting the best results learning outcomes for students is a priority for us and, as such, we have engaged with GurooProducer – a company that specialises in digital learning for higher education institutions including Australian National University (ANU), Monash University, University of Queensland, UNSW and UTS.
"We want to work with technologies that are going to be strong for the next 10 years, rather than only looking to what has been in place for the last 10."
– Stuart Canning, Head of Digital
Will having online theory classes affect my future registration with associations?
As Endeavour is a higher education college, your qualifications are accredited by the federal Department of Education through TEQSA. Separately, the federal Department of Health requires health funds to use industry professional associations to set their own education standards for eligible health fund rebates.
When the educational standards are met for individual professional associations, students are able to join as members of that association. It’s important to note that the education standards for a BHSc degree can vary markedly between associations. Some of the associations are also in the process of updating their standards to reflect the changing nature and delivery of learning and the requirements of the professions, just as we are as an educational provider.
As a graduating student, the choice of which professional association, if any, you wish to join is yours. This choice will be affected by the studies you have undertaken and how they meet the education standards of each association. Endeavour College courses have the highest amount of facilitated learning hours in natural health education in the country and meets the standard of most professional bodies. This facilitated learning will continue to be delivered in real time by supportive lecturers via interactive live streaming as well as additional learning opportunities, practical and clinical practicum hours.
There has been no change to your potential registration with any of the professional bodies.
What about the on-campus college experience and student connection? I feel like I am going to miss out on this.
Fostering a College community is very important to us, as we know it is to you. Please know, you are able to come onto campus any time to access our facilities including library, meeting rooms, fast wi-fi, clinics, and break out spaces. You can also arrange to meet study groups or classmates for in-person catch ups, and (from January 2021) each campus will have an allocated lecture room where students can attend digital classes together with their peers. Plus, you can organise meetings with your lecturers and Student Services for in-person support too
As part of the student experience, we have an events calendar planned for 2021 which will include the below:
You are welcome to come for clinic treatments and as a student we also offer the following starting 2021.
Why has the college decided to move online for theory subjects?
This is not a decision that the College has taken lightly and we have taken into consideration the following feedback we consistently hear from students;
We’re committed to delivering the best learning outcomes for students to become credible, professional practitioners, natural health graduates and leaders within the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (CAM).
Endeavour is particularly proud as a College that our Health Science degrees prepare our graduates for their future careers and this is why we place such a huge focus and priority on delivering the best learning and teaching tools across the digital, blended, live streaming, practical and clinical components of the Degree. We will always strive to make the student experience a positive and rewarding one, on and off campus.
What will be changing with the new digital online subjects?
To ensure that we are providing the best teaching and learning tools and outcomes for our students in 2021 and beyond, the College has invested significantly in an upgraded digital online application, allowing a full revision and update of all subjects to support improved student interaction, engagement and outcomes as students scaffold their learning throughout the course.
This upgraded digital learning environment is completely different to the online learning you’ve been used to – it has updated course content that’s been optimised for digital, engaging ways for you to interact with the content plus, we are capping classes at 50 students (on average, live-streamed class sizes will be less than this).
There are a number of changes that we are planning to implement in 2021. These include:
Will fees be reduced because we are moving to digital theory classes?
We have invested in the best digital learning application on the market that is used by some of Australia’s biggest universities. It’s a significant investment in student learning outcomes and in the future, so we won’t be reducing fees. This is because you are still receiving the same expert knowledge, guidance and course content from our lecturers as well as gaining the same professional learning outcomes and qualifications. And remember, you are always able to come to campus when you like and arrange face to face meetings with your lecturers should you choose if you need that in-person discussion.
I’m concerned about the quality of digital learning.
We have invested and continue to invest in the best digital learning tools available. We understand that because of the quick turnaround to online learning during COVID-19 that there were some teething issues. This upgraded digital learning environment is completely different to the online learning you’ve been used to – it has updated course content that’s been optimised for digital, engaging ways for you to interact with the content plus, we are capping classes at 50 students (on average, live-streamed class sizes will be less than this).
Academics will be able to see in real time how you’re performing and engage with you if you need support and you are able to participate in online discussions, forums and chats with your classmates and lecturers. In addition, by being digital, subject content can be quickly updated based on industry changes and the latest research meaning you’ll always be on the forefront of current knowledge.
What is the difference between the online, blended, live-streaming teaching methods?
Online will be delivered in the new digital medium of an immersive and engaging online platform with recorded lecturers starting 2021. You will still have access to the academic team members as they will support you throughout the subject, this will not change.
Blended learning will be delivered in the online environment and there will be maximum of 33% autonomous online learning and delivered via live-streaming or on campus. The 33% will be self-directed study through engaging and interactive activities, readings and other topic related content. You will still have access to the academic team members as they will support you throughout the subject, this will not change.
Online live-streaming will be delivered using a virtual platform (e.g. Zoom) and live-streamed to students on campus or home settings. You will still have access to the academic team members as they will support you throughout the subject and we are capping classes at 50 – though on average there'll be less students per live-streamed class.
On campus studies are where you are required to attend practical or clinical classrooms in the on-campus environment.
At any time, you can book a consultation with an academic team member via the LMS > Learning Resources > Consultations tab.
Can I still connect with my lecturer?
Absolutely. We have a dedicated lecturer per digital subject who you are able to engage with online. If you would like further support in your studies, you can always book an appointment with your senior lecturer team via the LMS > Learning Resources > Consultations. And remember, you can book face-to-face meetings with your lecturer too.
Are clinical and practical subjects still on campus?
Yes. All remaining practical, pre-clinical and clinical subjects will continue to be delivered in a blended, live-streamed and on-campus format.
Melbourne will be based on COVID-19 directive from the state government.
I have terrible internet at home, what can I do?
There are a few options for you. You can take advantage of our fast and free wi-fi on campus or find a place to study that offers you reliable internet like your local library. The campus' facilities are there for you to use to support you in your studies.
I find studying online really difficult. Is there an option for me to come onto campus?
We are moving to an exclusively online delivery mode for our theory classes, however the campus is always there for you if you would like to do your classes in a classroom (all you need to do is pre-book the room).
If you work better in a group, organise a few of your classmates to come in to do a class and partake in a study group! From 2021, each campus will have a dedicated lecture room where you can attend digital classes together with your classmates. If you do need support in your studies, your lecturer and Student Services team will be able to assist you, which can be either face-to-face or over a phone call at a time that suits you – we are always here to help!
We have been and will continue to work closely with students to ensure we continue to improve. So, if you would like to be considered for future feedback groups, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you begin to use the upgraded application, please feel free to send us your feedback (to the above email). We are always looking to improve.