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Curriculum and study tips

Attendance

You are expected to attend all scheduled classes and complete at least 20 hours of self-study each week using the provided resources. Regular interaction and participation in class is important for your academic and English language progression.

Curriculum

  • Instructions will be in English.
  • Timetable includes approximately two hours of live lessons, two hours of homework, one hour of flexible learning activities and two hours of self-directed learning per week, per subject.
  • You will have ongoing support and interaction with your teachers using Microsoft Teams or email.
  • Homework – all assignments and information are provided privately and submitted securely via Blackboard or Microsoft Teams.
    It’s not all study – expect guest appearances, some surprises and a bit of fun as well!

Orientation

During the online orientation, you will be introduced to our key digital tools for teaching and learning. There will be explanations and demonstrations of these tools. There will even be introductory lessons where you will get to use these tools prior to starting your learning journey.

We will take you through sessions that will teach you how to be a successful student – giving you hints and tips for studying efficiently and effectively. We will also go through our support system, introduce you to key leaders in the school and answer any questions that you might have.

Hours

Scheduled Microsoft Teams classes are held from 12.30pm to 5.10pm, New Zealand Standard Time, from Monday to Friday. Actual period times with the teacher will vary depending on your timetable for the subjects you are studying.

You will be notified about your schedule when you begin your programme. Outside of scheduled classes, you will self-study using our range of tools – Blackboard, Education Perfect, Nearpod, Microsoft Teams etc.

What will your timetable look like?

  • You begin your learning tasks using the resources provided on Blackboard or Microsoft Teams.
  • Throughout the week, you will take part in live lessons on Microsoft Teams, where your teacher will go over content and go deeper into key aspects.
Here is a sample timetable including the different types of delivery:
  Monday Tuesday WednesdayThursdayFriday
Asynchronous LearningSubject 1 Subject 4 Subject 3
  Subject 3 Subject 2 
Subject 2 Subject 1 Subject 4
 
Live video sessions 12:30 -1:40Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3
1:40 – 2:50 Subject 4Subject 3Subject 1 
2:50 – 4:00Subject 2   Subject 4
4:00 – 5:10Subject 3Subject 1Subject 4Subject 2 
5:10 – 5:30     

Please note that your actual timetable may differ from the example shown above. Your timetable will depend on the subjects you have selected.

Study tips

We understand the challenges of studying online and we’re here to help. Following these simple guidelines and tips will help you manage your learning experience and lead to the best outcome.
  • Be organised – read your programme outlines fully and put the due dates for assignments in your diary.
  • Create a study plan for yourself for the term, so you know when you will need to produce key assignments and other work.
  • Learn how to access Blackboard and learn where your teacher will post announcements, instructions and information relevant to your learning.
  • Read and complete the flexible learning activities before the live sessions each week so you can ask any questions and ensure you’re clear about your tasks
  • Use the learning forums in Blackboard to ask questions and get clarity.
  • If you don’t understand anything, quickly ask for help. Your teacher is here to help and will explain your task or direct you to the right information.
  • Be active and attend every live Microsoft Teams session – we will be monitoring your attendance; how many times you have logged in to Blackboard; how many posts and contributions you make to the learning forums. (High attendance and performance are required for your online learning to be validated by NZQA and Immigration New Zealand – for on-campus study in New Zealand)