Success for tutors in national awards April 23, 2012 Two Murdoch University tutors have received well-deserved national recognition for their dedication to their students, winning prestigious Open Universities Australia bi-annual Tutor Excellence Awards. Alan Royle of Ardross and Kersti Niilus of Leeming, who both tutor in an introductory course offered at Murdoch University through OUA, earned two of the four national awards. Alan is one of Murdoch University’s most dedicated tutors, working with online students almost continuously over the past six years on this unit. “I entered university after 39 years away from school,” he said. “I was ready to give up after about five weeks and I know firsthand how important tutors can be in encouraging students to learn.” Kersti, who is also working towards her PhD at Murdoch, said the most rewarding aspect of tutoring was to watch the students develop critical thinking skills and confidence over the 13 week study period. “Suddenly the penny just drops and they realise they can do it,” Kersti said. Professor Lorraine Marshall from Murdoch’s Student Learning Centre said that she was immensely proud of Alan and Kersti’s achievements. “These awards recognise Murdoch University as an elite provider of student-focused learning,” Professor Marshall said. “Murdoch has always had a focus on teaching and we ensure that the tutors are supported in a collaborative environment.” Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Murdoch achievements Tags: alan royle, kersti niilus, lorraine marshall, open universities australia, oua, tutor excellence awards Comments (2 responses) katie April 30, 2012 Congratulations Alan and Kersti for being such wonderful ambassadors of teaching and learning. Martin Gwyn-Fawke April 30, 2012 Well done to both Kersti and Alan. You have both been fantastic role models to new tutors and your commitment to your students' learning has been an inspiration to anyone who sees and reads you in action. I was lucky enough to be at the awards ceremony in Melbourne and I want to tell everyone at Murdoch about the impact you had on everyone present at the ceremony. I was very proud to be there to support you both and I am very glad that your tireless efforts have received national recognition. Well deserved. Well done again! Martin Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!