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History made with online learning

By Wayne Axford - Principal

Canning College entered new ground in Term Three with the introduction of online learning programs for the first time. There were many challenges to overcome and I am delighted to report that the combined efforts of Canning staff and enthusiastic students resulted in positive outcomes.

This was reflected in a recent survey with 96% of respondents feeling happy with their level of engagement in online lessons. This is particularly pleasing and is a result of the exceptional work of staff who have adapted teaching techniques to cater for students online and on-campus.

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Virtual lunch

Pictured above: Students in class and online from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China and Brunei enjoy lunch together. Simple gestures such as this have helped online students feel connected to their Perth-based peers. Photo: Canning College News

Online study can’t truly replicate the on-campus experience but we hope all our students can achieve their academic potential while also feeling a genuine connection to Canning College and our wonderful city. Perth, already a highly valued international student destination, recently received a $1.5 billion boost that has education at its heart.

The State Government, City of Perth and Commonwealth Government joint initiative includes the development of the State’s first inner-city university campus with Edith Cowan University to move its law and business schools and academy of performing arts into the business district. There is also a $360 million investment in a Murdoch University vertical campus and Curtin University knowledge and innovation precinct.

This is great news for international education and we are delighted to offer programs that provide pathways into these universities, as well as many others. Our current and former students know well the great benefits of living in Perth – modern entertainment precincts, efficient transport network and clean open spaces to name a few – and we expect many of our Year 12 group will consider spending more time here in the coming months.

In the past, many graduating Canning College students have headed home to family and friends before returning to Perth to continue their education at Western Australian universities. The current travel restrictions imposed to protect Western Australia from COVID-19 will require students to carefully consider their next steps.

Students may have difficult decisions to make regarding their travel movements towards the end of the year and we will aim to provide the most up-to-date information, including any Government advice, to assist in the decision-making process. Our staff in Student Services are available to provide assistance, including during the mid-term holidays, apart from Monday’s public holiday (Queen’s Birthday, September 28).

Students who are still unsure about their tertiary destination or want to know a little more about their chosen university are encouraged to visit the StudyPerth International Education and Careers Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 9 and 10. This is a great opportunity for students to talk to educators, engage with employers and hear from industry professionals.

Canning College will continue to respond to the needs of current and former students during these challenging times, as we also work towards welcoming new faces online and, hopefully, on campus in the near future.