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Our top three online education opportunities


Covid-19 has sparked rapid innovation at the Property Council Academy. Find out how our virtual classrooms and on-demand content can bring insight and inspiration to your people.

From virtual tutoring to video conferencing, language apps to online learning software, education technology is advancing rapidly.

According to Property Council Academy director Kelly Jones, the global pivot to online learning has been swift, but the shift to virtual classrooms was already gathering pace before the pandemic. Global ‘edtech’ exceeded $29 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach $545 billion by 2025, Jones says.

“With the right technology, there is evidence that online learning can be more effective than face-to-face teaching, as students learn faster at their own pace,” Jones explains. She points to research which shows that, on average, students retain 25-60 per cent of online material, compared to 8-10 per cent learned in a traditional classroom.

With that in mind, Jones and her team at the Property Academy have picked their top three education opportunities for 2020.

  1. Unpacking the Code of Conduct: An ‘on demand’ series on the Code of Conduct for commercial leases was launched on Monday 18 May. Legal experts from MinterEllison will dissect the detail to help participants understand the impact of national and state-based legislation. The cost is $50 per member and $100 per non-member. Register for the New South Wales course or the Victorian course.


  1. Virtual classrooms: After the first round of virtual classrooms sold out at lightspeed, the Property Council Academy has scheduled a second series. Learn the specific skills of business writing in property (21 May) or tips and tricks of effective email communication (27 May). Looking further afield, take a workplace mental health masterclass (8 July), unpack the secrets to crisis communication (14 July) or discover how to apply data-driven insights in today’s competitive retail environment (28 July).


  1. Property industry induction: New entrants to the industry need look no further than the Property Academy’s ‘must do’ course. Learn the lingo, understand each sector in this complex supply chain and gain insights into the key issues, practices and challenges. $350 for members and $525 for non-members. Available anytime and book online.


The Property Academy’s long-term goal is to create an on-demand video library that Jones calls “the Netflix for Australia’s property industry”.

“From 1 July, this will contain educational presentations and thought leadership videos on a range of topics. People will be able to download individual resources for a small fee, and an organisation-wide subscription model will be launched in 2021.”

The Property Academy is calling for experts, established and emerging leaders to be part of the first series of videos. Find out more online.

“We established the Property Academy in 2011 with a mission to share knowledge and upskill our industry. This mission is more important than ever, and we are excited to expand our education and training to suit the times,” Jones concludes.

Check out the courses on offer at the Property Council Academy and book today.