Embracing New Learning Experiences – Financial Professionals

Since Griffith University launched its accelerated online Master of Financial Planning program just over 12 months ago, career professionals have been attracted to its versatility and fast-track delivery options.

“We’re giving constant and immediate feedback to students and they’re responding rapidly using multiple online channels like Yammer and our Blackboard discussions,” said Kirsten MacDonald, Master of Financial Planning Program Director.

“From the lecturer’s point of view, we get to take on board useful new information about what students want and need during their studies, and the directions they want to take. We’re able to effectively personalise the delivery of the program as a result”.

Kirsten recently delivered a six-week personal risk management course to a class of around 40 online students. The diverse group included not only students with a financial services background but also those from a wide variety of professional industries.

“We already know how much students value lecturers who engage with them and are there to help and answer their questions, and we know that disengaged students make for a poor learning experience for students and a poor teaching experience for lecturers”.


Greater Access to Expertise

“With this online program, we have built on that knowledge, using online tools to move it up a notch. Students are going beyond the surface levels of learning to deeper levels largely through an enhanced access to the expertise of the lecturer”, Kirsten said.

“No longer does the lecturer talk at the students in the traditional way; now it is much more about group learning where professionals from different walks of life are exchanging knowledge and experiences and offering their takes on the problems and challenges that come up during discussion.

“This completely dispels ideas about online learning being a lonely experience, and that’s definitely been part of the feedback we’ve got from the students. Their perceptions of what they were going to get before they enrolled was immensely different to their online experiences.

“I’ve had feedback from them saying ‘I had no idea an online course could be so interactive. It’s a new learning experience’”.

Griffith University is committed to providing interactive online learning to its students.

To find out more about the Master of Financial Planning program, call us on 1300 057 905 (9am – 5pm AEDT, weekdays) or complete the online form and one of our Enrolment Advisors will give you a call.