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The Massey Teaching Excellence Award recognises the sustained commitment to teaching and learning. The recipients strive to enhance learning through a student-centred, enquiry based approach.
Associate Professor Margaret Brunton capped off a stellar year by receiving a Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award at a ceremony at Parliament in August.
Dr Brunton was a recipient of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and also the Massey Business School Reichard Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award.
The public relations and communication lecturer, who has taught at Massey's Auckland campus for 12 years, says she was honoured to win the award.
Dr Brunton says she aims to equip students to successfully navigate a challenging, changing and complex world. "One of my greatest joys as a teacher is to see the transformation between the level of achievement in the first and final assessments.
"Although, at times some students feel overwhelmed by standards they perceive as unattainable, retrospectively they also comment on how they appreciate the challenges of attaining a high standard in their work."
Martin McMorrow, a National Centre for Teaching and Learning consultant, is currently completing his PhD which focuses on supporting writing development.
Mr McMorrow joined Massey in 2005, after 20 years working as a teacher and teacher trainer for Educational Services Overseas. He has drawn on this experience in providing support for international students, through face-to-face consultations and workshops and using digital resources, online presentations and podcasts. He has been praised for his “fellow learner” approach, which creates a personalised and stimulating learning environment.
He has worked in an increasingly collaborative way with content specialists to develop integrated support in various disciplines. His overall goal is to provide relevant and engaging support for students that complements the learning activities provided by lecturers and helps them transition successfully into and through their tertiary studies.
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Last updated on Friday 17 March 2017