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Operitel Corporation announces the appointment of a new Director of Online Learning Technology


Operitel emphasizes their commitment to supporting customers using the LearnFlex™ LMS by hiring Dr. Susan Wurtele, a recent recipient of the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship.

Peterborough, ON: October 23rd, 2006 – Operitel Corporation, creators of the award winning LearnFlex™ Learning Management System (LMS) announced today that Dr. Susan Wurtele is joining the company in an advisory role as the Director of Online Learning Technology.

Dr. Wurtele is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Trent University and a Member of the Graduate Faculty, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies. Dr. Wurtele has been recognized for excellence in her commitment to teaching, most recently as a winner of the 3M Teaching Fellowship.

The 3M Teaching Fellows are sponsored by 3M Canada, Macleans Magazine & the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 3M Teaching Fellows throughout Canada represent a broad range of disciplines and work collaboratively to enhance teaching and learning at their own institutions and through larger initiatives supported by the Society. They also work collectively through the Council of 3M Teaching Fellows advocating policies and initiatives to enhance teaching and learning in Canadian universities. Since 1986 when the award was introduced, 208 Canadian university professors, representing 41 different universities, have been recognized as 3M Teaching Fellowship Award recipients.

Additional teaching Honours for Dr. Wurtele, include: Recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, Trent University, 1999; Merit Award for Teaching Excellence, Trent University, 2000; Recipient of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, Teaching Award, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to University Teaching, 2005.

At Operitel, Dr. Wurtele will expand on the leadership and vision provided by Dr. Gary Woodill over the past five years, (see the collection of white papers and mind maps on the website for a summary of Dr. Woodill’s work). Dr. Wurtele will apply her expertise in teaching and learning to the application and client uses of LearnFlex™ online learning management technology. This new position represents the next step forward in supporting the successful implementation and use of learning management technology. With 100% client retention over 5 years, Operitel has shown an exceptional commitment to research and development as well as customer support.

“I am very excited about working with Sue to improve our internal understanding and approach to client training, as well as expanding on our commitment to support our customers in their use of LearnFlex™. Sue’s passion for teaching and learning will be a great asset for Operitel. I want to welcome Dr. Wurtele to the leadership team at Operitel, and encourage all of our current and future clients to share their experiences of teaching and training with online technology,” said Michael Skinner, President & CEO of Operitel.

“I am thrilled to be joining Operitel at a time when our understanding of the learning process is developing at an unprecedented pace. The availability of cutting edge products like LearnFlex™ represents tremendous opportunities for those involved in all facets of education. My commitment is to ensure that every user is fully supported as we incorporate today’s best educational practices into our products. I am extremely excited to be joining Operitel, a company with unparalleled client confidence, and a first rate learning product", said Dr. Susan Wurtele.

About Operitel
Operitel Corporation, producer and distributor of the award winning LearnFlex™ Learning Management System, is an educational technology company that specializes in building adaptive web-based enterprise-level applications. Over the past five years, Operitel personnel have built and deployed applications for many clients in the high tech, financial, educational, and transportation sectors. Operitel is committed to supporting organizations in the acquisition, creation, and transfer of information and knowledge - the essential ingredients for success in a rapidly changing global economy. Operitel is located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


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