Flexible Online and Blended Education - How it Works

At NCNZ we offer students flexible, but structured, learning. Students learn either online or via a combination of online learning and face-to-face workshops, called blended learning. Through providing an online learning environment NCNZ makes study in natural medicine accessible to a wide range of people. This includes those people located in areas of New Zealand where local programmes of study are not available, as well as those who are not able to attend timetabled classes each week. For individuals who have children, work or other commitments during the week, online learning allows them to study at a time that suits them. It puts students in the driver’s seat, as it is students who decides what days and how many hours each day they will study each week. Full time and part time study options offer further flexibility. It is this flexibility that is a major draw card for our students, as it allows them to work at a pace that works for their lifestyle.

It is important to note, however, that students are required to commit to a minimum number of hours of study each week and to submit assessments at set due dates. Full time study students should expect to commit 30 - 40 hours per week to study, while for part time students this commitment is 15 - 20 hours per week. The amount of time students spend on study depends upon previous study experience and experience within the industry. Students are not permitted to both work and study full time. Students who have, in the past, attempted to work and study full time have struggled to complete their training.

At NCNZ, programmes of study are broken down into modules, with each module containing a number of courses of study. Each course consists of a set of study notes and written assessments. There are also instructional videos and other online learning tools available, including forums, flashcard, and quizzes. A timetable is provided with each module pack, detailing the order and due dates by which to complete the assessments. Students work through their courses and send in assessments for marking and feedback. At any stage in the learning process the education team are available for advice and support via phone, email, and forums on the Online Campus. In addition, students can use these forums to discuss their learning with classmates.

For some programmes of study students are required to undertake final practical exams and attend compulsory face-to-face workshops in New Plymouth. Workshops offer students the opportunity to develop and expand their practical skills, as well as to network with fellow students. Practical assessments are undertaken as part of some of the sessions at workshops. Further information on workshops is provided within the qualifications section.

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