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September 05 2011

UniSA tutor wins national excellence award

L-R: Brenton Fiedler, Philip Paasuke from OUA, Chris Kandunias and Janek Ratnatunga.UniSA tutor Mr Chris Kandunias has today received an Open Universities Australia (OUA) Tutor Excellence Award for 2010.

These awards are given to tutors who have received exceptional student feedback, and who have contributed positively towards the future of online education by participating in the OUA Tutor Support Management program.

Mr Kandunias, from the School of Commerce, is one of just four award recipients nationally for 2010. He was presented with the award by OUA representative Philip Paasuke, who says Mr Kandunias has consistently received positive feedback from his students.

“In addition, as an experienced online educator, he has contributed valuable content to the revamping of the OUA professional development course for online tutors,” Mr Paasuke says.

“OUA would like to warmly congratulate Chris Kandunias and the three other winners on their achievements.

“We are proud of their contribution to OUA and online learning, and look forward to seeing this area of higher education improve even further in 2011 and beyond.”

Mr Kandunias is program director for Taylors College, a lecturer in the Masters of Commerce, and is currently doing his PhD in the financial viability of the Australian Football League. He says he is honoured to receive the tutor award.

“It’s great to work for an organisation that looks at improving the educational experience for online students,” says Mr Kandunias.

The four winners (the other three were all from Curtin University) each receive $500 and an award certificate in recognition of their achievements.

Mr Kandunias teaches in the Division of Business OUA Unit, in which there are currently in excess of 11,000 student enrolments. As Director of the Unit, Associate Professor Brenton Fiedler complimented Mr Kandunias for his excellent and sustained contribution to the high quality of teaching in the Unit.

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