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These awards are sponsored by the Division of Distance Learning (DDL) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  DDL is responsible for judging nominees and selecting Award recipients. Nominations and accompanying materials must be received by June 1, 2017.

DDL Awards Manager
Larisa Olesova, PhD
lolesova@gmu.edu

 

Award Categories & Coordinators

  

1. DDL-AECT Crystal Award
To recognize innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance learning courses (online, CD-ROM/DVD or video-based) and distance learning projects (single modules, lessons, workshops, something less than an entire course).

Coordinator: Penny Thompson and Scarlett Winter
Emailpenny.thompson@okstate.edu and tawinter@indiana.edu
Submission: Crystal Award Submissions
Evaluation Criteria: Click Here

 

2. DDL Distance Education Best Practice Award
The practice that is submitted can be any aspect of distance education that would qualify as a Best Practice.  This means that it can serve as an example that can be emulated by others based on the description submitted. The example that is submitted may be one that is used online, in a CD-ROM/DVD, or within video-based courses.

Coordinator: Yvonne Earnshaw
Email: yvonne.earnshaw@gmail.com
Submission: email Best Practice submissions at yvonne.earnshaw@gmail.com
Evaluation Criteria
: Click Here

 

3. DDL Distance Education Book Award
The outstanding book published within the last three years that describes important aspects of distance education, theory or examples that can help others involved in distance education, or research on an important aspect of distance education.  

Coordinator: Barbara M. Hall
Email: aectddlbookaward@gmail.com
Submission: Book Award Submissions
Evaluation Criteria: Click Here

 

4. DDL Journal Article Award
A max of 3 applicants per category (qualitative, quantitative, and application) will receive this award for their outstanding articles published in the last three years. The articles’ nomination should describe best practices in distance education or research on an important aspect of distance education.

Coordinators: Jennifer Richardson, Laura Gray, and Marquetta Strait
Emails: jennrich@purdue.edulaura.gray@dec.uwi.edu, and straitm@purdue.edu
Submission: Journal Article Award Submissions
Evaluation Criteria: Click Here


5. DDL Burmeister Outstanding DDL-sponsored AECT Presentation Award
This award will be given out annually to honor a DDL-submitted presentation that is an example of best practices in distance education or leads to the improvement of distance education. All DDL-sponsored presentations for this year’s conference will be considered for this award.

 

 

 

DDL-AECT Awards Evaluation Criteria

1. Crystal Award Evaluation

To recognize innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance learning courses (online, CD-ROM/DVD or video-based) and distance learning projects (single modules, lessons, workshops, something less than an entire course). 

Evaluation Criteria*
1. Multimedia-based distance learning course or project was active within 3 years prior to conference at which the award is given (e.g. 2017 award for project/course developed in 2014-2017).
____Eligible
____Ineligible (do not proceed)

 

2. Format
____ Multimedia-based distance learning course or project description summary provided in 800- 1000 words or less; not counting title page, references, and images; word count provided by author
0 – over or under word limit; word count missing
1 – within 800 – 1000 words; word count included

3.  The multimedia-based distance learning course or project summary includes evidence of innovative and outstanding features
1 – evidence insufficient to evaluate innovative/outstanding features
2 – evidence indicates some innovative or outstanding features
3 – evidence indicates an innovative and outstanding approach to the entire course or project
 

4.  Multimedia-based distance learning course or project summary describes the instructional context (institution, learners, faculty, teachers, administrators, course or instructional purpose, etc.)
0 – insufficient or none
1 – sufficient to identify context
2 – sufficient to identify potential adaptations for different contexts 

5.  Multimedia-based distance learning course or project summary briefly states what the purpose and benefit
0 – insufficient or none
1 – well done or acceptable
2 – exemplary

6.  Multimedia-based distance learning course or project summary provides evidence of instructional effectiveness (student outcomes, evaluations, etc.) of instructional effectiveness
0 – insufficient or evidence may be compromisingly biased
1 – evidence suggests effectiveness but reliability or validity may not be established
2 – reliable and valid evidence for effectiveness

 

7. Multimedia-based course or project appears to be of high quality, and can be evaluated thoroughly based on the supporting documentation provided and easy access (links, passcodes, etc.) to course content (online or on CD/DVD)
0 – May be flawed or less then quality design or implementation
1 – Design supports instructional goal and presents engaging multimedia
2 - Design and all multimedia components support the instructional goal with engaging activities

 

8. Multimedia-based course or project grounded in scholarly, professional literature.
0 – No evidence that the practice is derived from any previous scholarly or professional work.
1 - Adequately grounded with specific reference to literature.
2 - Very well grounded with extensive current, appropriate, relevant citations

*DDL Board reserves the right to revise criteria upon suggestion of a Coordinator and to improve the quality and clarity of the evaluation process.
 
 
 
2. Distance Education Best Practice Award Evaluation

The practice that is submitted can be any aspect of distance education that would qualify as a Best Practice.  This means that it can serve as an example that can be emulated by others based on the description submitted. The submission may be one that is used online, in a CD-ROM/DVD, or within video-based courses. For more information about the DDL Distance Education Best Practice Award contact the coordinator.

Evaluation Criteria*

1. Practice in use within 3 years prior to conference at which the award is given (e.g. 2017 award for practice in 2014-2017).
____Eligible
____Ineligible (do not proceed)
 

2. Format
____ Practice description summary provided in 800-1000 words or less; not counting title page, references, and images; word count provided by author

0 – over or under word limit; word count missing
1 – within 800 – 100 words; word count included

3.  The practice illustrations or examples consistent with exemplary, professional practice
0 – insufficient or none
1 – well done or acceptable
2 – exemplary
 

4.  The distance education instructional is context described (institution, learners, faculty, teachers, administrators, course or instructional purpose, etc.)
0 – insufficient or none
1 – sufficient to identify context
2 – sufficient to identify potential adaptations for different contexts
 

5.  Summary states briefly what the purpose or benefit of the practice is
0 – insufficient or none
1 – well done or acceptable
2 – exemplary
 

6.  Summary provides evidence of effectiveness
0 – insufficient or evidence may be compromisingly biased
1 – evidence suggests effectiveness but reliability or validity may not be established
2 – reliable and valid evidence for effectiveness
 

7. Practice quality based on the supporting documentation including easy access for all reviewers to review practice example online, or on CD/DVD. 
0 - Complex implementation or no measurable results
1 - Easily implemented with documented instructional impact on learners or instructors
2 - Easily implemented with positive, documented instructional impact on learners and instructors
 

8. Purpose to addresses a distance education issue, practice, or framework that appeals to
0 - some distance educators.
1 - many distance educators.
2 - most distance educators.
 

9. Practice grounded in scholarly, professional literature.
0 – No evidence that the practice is derived from any previous scholarly or professional work.
1 - Adequately grounded with specific reference to literature.
2 - Very well grounded with extensive current, appropriate, relevant citations

*DDL Board reserves the right to revise criteria upon suggestion of a Coordinator and to improve the quality and clarity of the evaluation process.
 
 
3. Distance Education Book Award

The outstanding book award recognizes a print or digital book published in English with a copyright date in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 that describes important theoretical or practical aspects of distance education that can help others involved in distance education or those researching an important aspect of distance education.

 

Self-nominations are accepted; neither nominators nor authors need current AECT membership. If desired, other informational materials which help to describe the nature and quality of the book can be included when the books are shipped or via email (AECTDDLBookAward@gmail.com). Nominations can be made using this Google Form; note that a copy of the nominated book must be shipped to each member of the award committee.

 

For more information about the Distance Education Book Award contact the Coordinator: Barbara M. Hall (aectddlbookaward@gmail.com).

 

Evaluation Criteria*

 

Criteria for Selection of the Outstanding Distance Education Book Award

 

The book should have a copyright date of 2014-2017. The book should describe important theoretical or practical aspects of distance education that can help others involved in distance education or those researching an important aspect of distance education. The entire book should be focused on some aspect of distance education; a book that has a few chapters on distance education would not qualify. The nominator’s rationale for nomination should address these criteria. If desired, other informational materials which help to describe the nature and quality of the book can be included when the books are shipped or via email (aectddlbookaward@gmail.com).

Below are specific criteria for evaluating each book nominee.

 

1. Published in English with a copyright date within three years (e.g. 2017 award for practice in 2014-2017).

__Eligible

__Ineligible

 

2. Contribution to distance education theory or practice

0 points - One of many books on the topic; adds minimal amount of new contributions to the field

1 point - Contribution adds new information on an important topic

2 points - Broad, substantive contribution that adds new information on timely, important topics

 

3. Writing

0 points – Challenges to coherence, organization, and/or mechanics interfere with reader’s ability to understand authors’ meaning.

1 point – Coherence, organization, and mechanics support authors’ message; text is accessible by intended audience

2 points – Overall coherence, organization, mechanics, and style promote authors’ message and make the text accessible to readers with a variety of interests related to distance learning (e.g., practitioners, researchers, administrators)

 

4. The book addresses a distance education issue, practice, or framework that appeals to

0 points – A narrow subgroup of distance educators; book likely appeals to a limited audience in terms of role (e.g., only practitioners, researchers, or administrators) and/or content (i.e., a single subject domain)

1 point - Many distance educators across multiple roles (e.g., only practitioners, researchers, and administrators) and/or content (i.e., subject domains)

2 points - Most distance educators across multiple roles (e.g., practitioners, researchers, and administrators) and content (i.e., subject domains)

 

5. Scholarly, professional content

0 points – Few, if any, citations and references within previous 5 years or seminal works are included

1 point - Adequately grounded with citations and references within previous 5 years or seminal works; may be a case book with content relative to a current or needed topic

2 points - Very well grounded with extensive citations and references within previous 5 years or seminal works; book clearly builds on previous findings or challenges those findings with new evidence or perspective

 

*DDL Board reserves the right to revise criteria upon suggestion of a Coordinator and to improve the quality and clarity of the evaluation process.
 
 
4. Journal Article Award Evaluation

An outstanding article published in the last three years that describes best practices in distance education or the research on an important aspect of distance education. For more information about the Journal Article Award contact the Coordinator.

Evaluation Criteria*

1. Published within 3 years prior to conference at which the award is given (e.g. 2017 award for article published in 2014-2017).
__Eligible
__Ineligible (do not proceed)
 

2. Contribution to distance education or practice
0 - One of many articles on the topic
1 - Substantive contribution on important topic
2 - Broad, substantive contribution on timely, important topic
 

3. Writing quality
0 - Sometimes lacks organization or clarity
1 - Organized and readable style
2 - Well-written and well organized
 

4. The article addresses a distance education practice or research topic that appeals to
0 - some distance educators.
1 - many distance educators.
2 - most distance educators.
 

5. Scholarly, professional content.
0 - Few if any current references or citations
1 - Adequately grounded with citations
2 - Very well grounded with extensive current, appropriate, relevant citations

6. Is the manuscript's organization clear and does it include all the necessary components? (Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Review of Literature, Methods, Results, Discussion/Recommendations, References, and Acknowledgments section, if applicable).

0 - Organization is not clear and doesn't include all the necessary components?

1 - Organization is clear but some necessary components are not included

2 - Organization is clear and it includes all the necessary components

 

7. Is information provided on the research design, participants, and variables sufficient to allow others to replicate the study?

0 - information is not sufficient

1 - some information is missing to replicate the study

2 - information is sufficient to replicate the study

*DDL Board reserves the right to revise criteria upon suggestion of a Coordinator and to improve the quality and clarity of the evaluation process.
 
 
 
5. Burmeister Outstanding DDL-Sponsored AECT Presentation Award Evaluation Criteria*

This award will be given out annually to honor a DDL-sponsored presentation that is an example of best practices in distance education or leads to the improvement of distance education. All DDL-sponsored presentations will be considered. Contact the Awards coordinator for more information. Criteria will include proposal reviewer scores, ranking, session evaluations and/or reviewer comments. No submissions or nominations are required for this award.

*DDL Board reserves the right to revise criteria upon suggestion of a Coordinator and to improve the quality and clarity of the evaluation process.

 

 


AECT DDL Awards FAQs

  • How many awards will be given in each category? 
    Up to three awards may be given in each category.

  • What does one win? 
    Recognition for all and cash awards for some – amount to be determined.

  • What is the purpose of the Awards? 
    The Awards promote quality, professional distance learning activities and products and publicly acknowledge exemplary instances in five categories.

  • Do nominees submitting the application have to be AECT members? 
    No.

  • What is the deadline for my application? 
    June 1st, 2017.

  • How do I know what evidence to submit for the award? 
    It varies by award and award criteria. Some are identified in the Award criteria, such as specifications for instructional product summaries required for three awards [Best Practices, Burmeister, Crystal]. Ask the specific Award’s coordinator.

  • What language must my nomination be presented/written in? 
    All submissions/nominations must be presented/written in English, or translated to English).

  • Can I submit a book or journal nomination? 
    All professionals who read a book or journal article that they think meets criteria are invited to submit it – submit your nomination to the Award’s coordinator.

  • Can a submission/nomination be submitted to more than one division? 
    Yes.

  • Can previously winning entries be resubmitted to DDL Awards? 
    Previous products (entries) that have been awarded a DDL award may not be resubmitted to DDL awards in the same category within the following 3 years unless the work has gone through major revisions and could be viewed as a different product or artifact.

  • Can a submission/nomination be submitted to more than one DDL award?

    Submissions/nominations may only be submitted or nominated for one DDL award.

  • Can a winner submit a product again in subsequent years?

    A product can only win a single award.

 

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