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Students benefit from CDU and Kormilda MOU

Photo From left: Michael Hall, Dr Helen Spiers, Professor Martin Carroll, Ms Bronwyn Cruise and Glennon Babui Photo From left: Michael Hall, Dr Helen Spiers, Professor Martin Carroll, Ms Bronwyn Cruise and Glennon Babui

Indigenous students are benefiting from an increased emphasis on mentorship and learning technologies, through a partnership between Charles Darwin University and Kormilda College. 

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Martin Carroll signed an agreement with Kormilda Principal Dr Helen Spiers that will see CDU provide $340,000 in funding to the College through an Australian Government Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Program. It will be used to fund mentors and to roll out Learnline, the university’s online learning management system.

Every Indigenous student at Kormilda now has access to mentors within the College who help encourage students to complete their schooling through to the end of Year 12. Students can also meet with a mentor from the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) to start thinking about future vocational education and training, and higher education options while still in Years 10 - 12.

Dr Spiers said that in some cases, the mentors were CDU students who were able to not only support the students at Kormilda, but also serve as excellent role models for what can be achieved.

“There is no doubt that this is already having a very positive impact on the aspirations of our students,” Dr Spiers said.

The agreement also provides for greater use of online learning technologies.

Professor Carroll said this was important for several reasons. “Not only does it help to prepare students for a world that is increasingly operating online, including university studies, but it also helps students stay engaged with their schooling. This is particularly important at times when they may be off campus.”

Last year, CDU provided funds to Kormilda that were used to purchase tablet devices for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. 

Professor Carroll said that Learnline was not to change school teaching to online, but rather to use online resources to better support classroom-based teaching.

As part of its broad community engagement strategy, CDU welcomes further opportunities to work closely with Territory secondary schools in promoting pathways to tertiary study.