Awards

IUCEL 2016 Award Categories

No presentation to the judging panel

Presentation to the judging panel is not required for all of the award categories. The awards will be judged solely on the submission backed up by portfolio based evidence.

Further information

Please ensure you have read the details relating to all categories for details of word limit, summary, media and other important information. By making a registration or submission to this awards scheme, in any category, you agree to adhere to, and be bound by, our terms and conditions.

Organization/ InstitutionProject/ProductIndividual
Best e-Learning Management Award

This is an award for organisations that have achieved considerable success in improving their organisational e-Learning performance through the strategic use of technology tool(s).

There will be evidence that a clear strategy and vision have been followed, via multiple projects or implementation strands. Candidates for this award must show evidence of strong results and learning improvement achieved by the application of technology tool(s).

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence that:

  • The technology tool(s) has been used to bring about considerable improvement in e-Learning management and organisational performance
  • The organisation has a demonstrable track record of positive results on e-Learning management arising from the implementation of the technology tool(s).
  • The organisation has successfully aligned the use of the technology tool(s) with institutional strategy and priorities.
  • Success has been achieved through multiple projects and/or implantation strands.
  • Sharing the organisation’s successes is likely to inspire excellence in others.
Learning Management System (Self-developed) Award

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs.

This award seeks to recognise a self-developed LMS that have the potential to revolutionise the way learning is designed, delivered, supported, enhanced or managed.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence of ways in which:

  • The self-developed LMS enhances the way that learning can be designed, delivered, supported, enhanced or managed.
  • The self-developed LMS has brought benefits to end users.
  • The self-developed LMS differs from its predecessors and/or competitors.
  • Technical evaluation for Integration: can be accessed or used by various type of user in the same institution. (Administration, educators, students)
  • Flexible: able to integrate with latesttechnologies features
  • Cost structure: themoney spent on developing and running is substantial
  • Return of investment (ROI): ROI measurement on the impact of learning
  • User friendly: System features and layout are easy to use or understand.
  • Learner-centred features: The system must focus on learners in term of learner’s capabilities, goals, and involvement.
  • Administrative component: Administrator can access student’s data such as their enrolment status, grades, payment, and other information
  • Product: Product should be multifunction and match the system that already exists in the user’s company.
  • Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM): System must able to stand with SCORM standard – system able to work in variety of settings
  • Technical support: technical support is provided to minimize service interruptions
  • System that have already delivered benefits to end users will have a greater chance of success than those that are in development or only just launched.

Supporting evidence from end users is required. Comments from single learners and end users will carry less weight than broader surveys or research. Comments from leading commentators in the field will also carry some weight.

Learning Management System (Customized) Award

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs.

This award seeks to recognise the potential to revolutionise the way learning is designed, delivered, supported, enhanced or managed using a free or cloud-Based Learning Management System such as Moodle, CourseSites by Blackboard, Sakai, Latitude Learning, and Schoology.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence of ways in which:

  • The use of the LMS enhances the way that learning can be designed, delivered, supported, enhanced or managed.
  • The use of the LMS has brought benefits to end users
  • Technical evaluation for Integration: can be accessed or used by various type of user in the same institution. (Administration, educators, students)
  • Flexible: able to integrate with latesttechnologies features
  • Cost structure: themoney spent on developing and running is substantial
  • Return of investment (ROI): ROI measurement on the impact of learning
  • User friendly: System features and layout are easy to use or understand.
  • Learner-centred features: The LMS must focus on learners in term of learner’s capabilities, goals, and involvement.
  • Administrative component: Administrator can access student’s data such as their enrolment status, grades, payment, and other information
  • Product: Product should be multifunction and match the system that already exists in the user’s company.
  • Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM): System must able to stand with SCORM standard – system able to work in variety of settings
  • Technical support: technical support is provided to minimize service interruptions
  • The use of the LMS that have already delivered benefits to end users will have a greater chance of success than those that are in development or only just launched.
  • Supporting evidence from end users is required. Comments from single learners and end users will carry less weight than broader surveys or research. Comments from leading commentators in the field will also carry some weight.
Creative e-Learning Award

This award seeks to recognise creative excellence across the board, in terms of content, use of technology, and matching design to user and organisational needs, has led to a lasting, measurable and positive impact.

The project may consist of a single intervention or a broader implementation of learning technologies. The target population may include employees, students, private individuals and other groups. The term ‘learning technologies’ can also be interpreted widely to include all forms of online content, and may incorporate such things as synchronous learning, use of social media, or mobile technologies.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence that:

  • The project has been aligned to a clearly identified performance need.
  • There is demonstrable evidence of an innovative and creative use of technology in information delivery and assessment method.
  • Creative use of pedagogy or teaching strategy to support effective learning in e-Learning environment.
  • There is demonstrable evidence of a successful creative implementation strategy, including alignment with organisational goals, engagement with key stakeholders, marketing, support and evaluation.
  • The project has made an impact in terms of individual and organisational performance.

The submission must include a summary of the analysis explaining how the creative solution in using learning technologies link to the learning need. Supporting evidence from learners and other stakeholders is required. Comments from single learners and stakeholders will carry less weight than broader surveys or research.

Creative and Interactive e-Learning Award (General)

This award seeks to recognise the use of technology tool(s) that play a key role in the support of specific learning aims. We will recognise innovative uses of techniques, as well as the extent to which they lead to greater engagement, enjoyment and motivation, and provide a more effective learning experience than more traditional approaches.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence that:

  • There was a clear rationale for the use of the technology tool(s) as an approach to meet the requirement.
  • Innovative use has been made of the technology tool(s).
  • The use of the technology tool(s) has been effectively aligned with learning objectives and outcomes.
  • The use of the technology tool(s) has contributed to learner engagement, enjoyment and motivation.
  • The use of the technology tool(s) has successfully contributed to learning.
  • The reaction of learners to the approach has been positive and highly interactive.
  • The use of the technology tool(s) has delivered value for money, particularly in comparison with alternative methods.
  • The use of the technology tool(s) has made an impact in terms of individual and organisational performance.
  • There are many ways in which excellence may be judged: the views of stakeholders, the recognition of peers and professional colleagues and the responses of learners. The judges will use all of these criteria as appropriate to judge excellence. Supporting evidence from learners and other stakeholders is required. Comments from single learners and stakeholders will carry less weight than broader surveys or research.
Creative and Interactive e-Learning Award (Teaching Video)

This award seeks to recognise videos that play a key role in the support of specific learning aims. We will recognise innovative uses of the video techniques, as well as the extent to which they lead to greater engagement, enjoyment and motivation, and provide a more effective learning experience than more traditional approaches.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence that:

  • There was a clear rationale for the use of a video as an approach to meet the requirement.
  • Innovative use has been made of videos.
  • The use of the videos has been effectively aligned with learning objectives and outcomes.
  • The videos have contributed to learner engagement, enjoyment and motivation.
  • The use of the videos has successfully contributed to learning.
  • The reaction of learners to the approach has been positive and highly interactive.
  • The use of the videos has delivered value for money, particularly in comparison with alternative methods.
  • The use of the videos has made an impact in terms of individual and organisational performance.

There are many ways in which excellence may be judged: the views of stakeholders, the recognition of peers and professional colleagues and the responses of learners. The judges will use all of these criteria as appropriate to judge excellence.  Supporting evidence from learners and other stakeholders is required. Comments from single learners and stakeholders will carry less weight than broader surveys or research.

Creative and Interactive e-Learning Award (Mobile App)

A mobile app is a computer program designed to run on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. This category seeks to recognise those projects that make innovative and effective use of mobile app to reach audiences achieve goals or deliver efficiencies that were previously unobtainable.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence that:

  • There was a clear rationale for the use of mobile app to meet the requirement.
  • The design takes account of the particular characteristics of the app in question and the environments in which they would be used.
  • The use of mobile app for learning or performance support has helped in reaching new audiences and/or achieving learning more efficiently.
  • The use of mobile technologies is structured in a creative, interactive and innovative ways to engage user and support meaningful learning.
  • The reaction of learners to the offering has been positive.
  • The use of the mobile app has been effective in meeting organisational needs.
  • The mobile app offering could be primarily content-orientated, but could also provide facilities for collaboration with tutors, fellow learners or other relevant people.Supporting evidence from learners and other stakeholders is required. Comments from single learners and stakeholders will carry less weight than broader surveys or research.
Best OpenCourseware (OCW) Award

An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university level educational materials. Unlike MOOCs, no registration is required to make use of OCW course materials. OCW materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content.

This award recognises the development and use of OCW course materials that have achieved exceptional results. The OCW course materials should:

  • provide explanations on the goals of the course, and prerequisite knowledge or course work;
  • content related: provide idea of the sequence of what is taught and studied.
  • comply with copyright law.
  • allows learners to have engaging learning experiences that leads to mastery of the content
  • address the instructional design issues and other pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning.
  • user friendly: features and layout are easy to use or understand.
  • compatible with other technologies
  • The use of the OCW materials has contributed to learner engagement, enjoyment and motivation.
  • The use of the OCW materials has been positive and highly interactive.
  • The use of the OCW materials has made an impact in terms of individual and organisational performance.

The award seeks organisations that have made positive steps in exceeding customer expectations from the use of their OCW course materials and that these are backed up by testimonial and other supporting evidence. Both quantitative and qualitative evidence will be taken into account.

Best Massive Open Online Courseware (MOOC) Award

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. This award seeks to recognise the development and use of MOOC which have made excellent use of online media and tools to facilitate learning. The award is particularly focused on the MOOC that employ a range of methods and media over many weeks or months of part-time study, typically leading to a formal qualification.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence that:

  • A sound case has been made for the use of MOOC to meet the requirement.
  • Appropriate choices have been made with regard to the use of media and techniques.
  • The content of the MOOC has been aligned to a clearly identified learning need.
  • Support has been effectively provided to learners by tutors and facilitators.
  • Collaboration between learners has been effectively encouraged and facilitated.
  • The use of online tools and techniques has achieved the required results in terms of learner satisfaction, take-up and pass rates.

The submission must show how the use of MOOC has improved the distance learning programme in question or effectively replaced other methods and media. Reasons may be economic, logistical, practical or related to enhancing the learning experience.
Supporting evidence from learners is required. Comments from single learners will carry less weight than broader surveys or research.

Best e-Learning Wiki/Blog Award

Blogs/ wikis were not designed as educational tools, but they can be very useful in a teaching and learning context for supporting dialogue between students, providing a space for collaboration and chronicling student reflections.

Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence in relation to:

  • Content
    • Expressing a unique point of view in relation to subject/course
    • Information is readable, validated, insightful, original and reliable
  • Design
    • Creative
    • Using multimedia elements (Video, animation, audio)
    • Interactive/ Dynamic
    • User-friendly
    • Attractive features
  • Useful function/ added application
  • Useful additional information for users
  • Link to related websites
  • Collaboration with communities
  • Added Value
    • Useful function/ added application
    • Useful additional information for users
    • Link to related websites
    • Collaboration with communities
Best e-Learning Facilitator Award

This award recognises e-learning facilitator that has achieved exceptional results within their customers’ organisations as a direct result of the bespoke learning technologies content that they have developed. The award seeks individuals that have a positive contribution (knowledge sharing, skills, publication etc.) to their service/product offering backed up by solid customer service, account and project management. Individuals must demonstrate that they have made positive steps in exceeding customer expectations and that these are backed up by testimonial and other supporting evidence. Both quantitative and qualitative evidence will be taken into account.

Higher Education e-Learning Maestro Award

This award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the success of the learning technologies industry either through their illustrious career or from achieving a significant positive change. Individuals must demonstrate that they have made significant contributions to the industry backed by testimonials and other supporting evidence.  Both quantitative and qualitative evidence will be taken into account.