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April 10, 2017

Reminder – DDL Call for Award Nominations

I’d encourage all of the K-12 distance, online and blended learning practitioners and programs to apply for these awards.

Dear DDL Members,

The AECT Division of Distance Learning needs more nominations for the 2017 DDL Awards sponsored by the division for the following awards:
– DDL-AECT Crystal Award
– DDL Distance Education Best Practices Award
– DDL Distance Education Book Award
– DDL Journal Article Award
– DDL Burmeister Outstanding DDL-sponsored AECT Presentation Award

More information about each of the awards, including award coordinators, evaluation criteria, and how to submit nominations, can be found on the DDL website:
http://aect.site-ym.com/members/group_content_view.asp?group=67629&id=117561

Please consider nominating a colleague, a student, or yourself for one or more of the DDL awards. It is a great opportunity to be recognized for your work and your contribution to the field. Nominations and accompanying materials must be received by June 1, 2017.

Winners will be recognized at the DDL Membership Meeting during AECT International Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida on November 6 – 11, 2017.

Best,
Larisa Olesova
DDL Award Manager

DDL Webpage: http://aect.site-ym.com/group/distance_learning
DDL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/100744850679/

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March 23, 2017

2017 AECT RTD Awards Program

For K-12 distance, online and blended learning researchers…

Dear IT Forum Members, 
Please consider submitting your excellent work or nominating other scholars for the AECT Research and Theory Division awards. Check the link below to see more award details or contact me (E-Ling Hsiao) if you have any questions. The deadline for all RTD awards will be April 15, 2017
 
Link to descriptions for each award:
 
  • Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award
  • Outstanding Journal Article Award
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  • Outstanding Book Award
  •  
  • AECT Young Researcher Award (supported by Springer Publishing)
  •  
  • AECT Qualitative Inquiry Award
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  • Outstanding Service Award
 
E-Ling Hsiao
Immediate AECT RTD Past President

March 14, 2017

AECT Immersive Learning Awards: 2017 Call for Submissions – Sponsored by the Emerging Learning Technologies Division

From yesterday’s inbox – hoping some K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning programs apply for this award.

Immersive Learning Awards

2017 Call for Submissions

Sponsored by the Division of Emerging Learning Technologies

 

 

Description

For the purposes of this award, Immersion is defined as “absorbing involvement” or “deep engagement.” Thus, in learning environments that employ today’s emerging learning technologies, students today are deeply engaged with content made available through either linear technologies tools or through interactive media. As students become more media savvy with each passing year, traditional classroom and online contexts continue to incorporate more technology-mediated instruction and tools, ranging from multimedia presentations to games, simulations, computer- and web-based applications and mobile applications.

 

AECT’s Emerging Learning Technologies Division supports media researcher and designer efforts in this arena that demonstrate significant increases in learning that should be noted and rewarded. This competition targets at university faculty, corporate trainers, associated instructors, technologists, K‐12 teachers, and the organization’s graduate students who utilize this form of intervention in support of demonstrated increases in student learning.

 

The Immersive Learning Awards have submission in three categories:

  1. The most engaging linear submission
  2. The most engaging non-linear submission
  3. The most engaging graduate student (linear or non-linear) submission

 

These categories will be judged on

  • the production qualities of the submission such as high fidelity audio and visual components, such as exceptional graphical components,
  • documentation that learning objectives were met,
  • and students seriously engaged with the media and learning materials.

 

The entry must include an executive summary of the learning goals for the learning technology intervention, documentation describing the learners from the designer and, as appropriate, the student. It will also include evidence that learners were engaged and met or exceeded learning expectations.

 

A linear submission can be film, video, or a combination of media such as text, visuals, audio and video; however, live performances will not be considered, though a multi‐modal environment employing both media and live performance will be considered.

 

A non‐linear submission can be online, a product for individual use, a combination of text, visuals, dual coded audio-visual, and others. Pervasive environments are also allowed that integrate web-based products, games and simulations, and/or mobile technologies such as augmented and alternate reality aspects that support high interaction among users.

 

 

Eligibility

  • Any member of AECT is eligible to enter this award competition.
  • Membership must be instated prior to receipt of entries.

 

 

Submissions

 

All submissions should consist of:

  1. An AECT Member Name who is sponsoring the submission
  2. A declaration of the category under which it is being entered (LINEAR, NON-LINEAR, or GRADUATE)

 

An Executive Summary of no more than three pages will be included that states:

  • learning goals of the intervention
  • documentation about the context and learners
  • evidence that learners were engaged with the treatment media
  • evidence that learners met or exceeded learning expectations
  • quotes or other evidence from learners describing their engagement with the treatment

 

Access to the Entry Media

  1. Web Link(s)
  2. DVD
  3. .wmv, .mov, .avi, .rm, .mpg, .m4g video file(s)
  4. CD
  5. .psd, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .tga, .gif digital image file(s)
  6. Executables, video, or Show files from middleware tools (PowerPoint, Unity, Second Life, etc.)
  7. A combination of any or all of the above

 

Judging

The judging of entries will be adjudicated by the Awards Committee of the Division of Emerging Learning Technologies. Those on this committee will be nominated by the Division board and drawn from members of the Division. As noted above, judging will focus on the production qualities of the multimedia such as High Fidelity Audio, Visual, and Graphic components, as well as how well the learning objectives were met and students were engaged with learning.

 

Judging criteria

 

Multimedia Fidelity:

  • Image Quality – Exposure, Focus, Framing, Color, Contrast, etc.
  • Audio Quality – Clarity, Frequency spectrum, Timbre, Volume, etc.
  • Sequencing – Pacing, Continuity, Rhythm, Content Density, etc.
  • Interface ‐ Clarity of Navigation, Layout, Look & Feel, Choice of Graphic Elements, Text, and Imagery, etc.

 

Pedagogical Fidelity:

  • Learning Objectives – Clarity, Appropriateness, Scope, Match to Learner, etc.
  • Engagement – Documentation of Time‐on‐task, Learner Comments re: Immersion and focused attention, etc.
  • Learning – Data comparing performance on non‐immersive learning environments to those of the entry environment, Learner comments re: motivation and increased learning, etc.

 

 

Schedule

Call for Entries: March 10, 2017

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2017

Awards Notification: September 15th, 2017

 

 

Please send submissions to:

Scott J. Warren, Ph.D.

Professor of Learning Technologies

University of North Texas

3940 N. Elm Street, Suite G150

Denton, Texas 76201

Scott.warren@unt.edu

940-369-7489

Attachment: immersive-learning-awards_v2.pdf

March 12, 2017

2017 DDL Awards – Call for Nominations

Note this announcement that may be of interest to some (and given that this is a design competition, I’d encourage my K-12 distance, online and blended learning practitioner readers to consider applying).

Dear DDL Members,

The AECT Division of Distance Learning opens the 2017 Call for Award Nomination sponsored by the division for the following awards:
– DDL-AECT Crystal Award
– DDL Distance Education Best Practices Award
– DDL Distance Education Book Award
– DDL Journal Article Award
– DDL Burmeister Outstanding DDL-sponsored AECT Presentation Award

More information about each of the awards, including award coordinators, evaluation criteria, and how to submit nominations, can be found on the DDL website:
http://aect.site-ym.com/members/group_content_view.asp?group=67629&id=117561

Please consider nominating a colleague, a student, or yourself for one or more of the DDL awards. It is a great opportunity to be recognized for your work and your contribution to the field. Nominations and accompanying materials must be received by June 1, 2017.

Winners will be recognized at the DDL Membership Meeting during AECT International Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida on November 6 – 11, 2017.

Best,
Larisa Olesova
DDL Award Manager

DDL Webpage: http://aect.site-ym.com/group/distance_learning
DDL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/100744850679/

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The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
320 W. 8th St. Ste 101
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

Office: 812-335-7675
Fax: 812-335-7678
Toll-Free 1-877-677-2328
aect@aect.org

February 28, 2017

Closing Feb. 28th – New 2017 Distance Learning Awards: Revised – Expanded – Enhanced

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Call for Nominations – December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
 

The United States Distance Learning Association, the nation’s premier distance learning association since 1987 presents its NEWLY REVISED International Distance Learning Awards Program, the premier awards for the distance learning industry.
These prestigious awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals, and recognize seven categories of excellence:
  1. 21st Century Distance Learning Award (Revised)
  2. Outstanding Leadership Award (Revised)
  3. Innovation Award (Renamed/Revised)
  4. Excellence in Teaching/Training Award (Revised)
  5. Global Impact Award (New)
  6. Student Achievement Award (New)
  7. Quality Research Paper Award (New)

The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary achievements through the use of online, videoconferencing, and satellite/video deliverytechnologies globally.
The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are presented to five major sectors of distance learning, education and training to include the Pre-K – 12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government and Telehealth markets.
The USDLA International Awards will be presented at the USDLA International Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017 during the USDLA National Conference being held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Award Details
Category I – 21st Century Distance Learning Award
This award is given to an agency, institution, or company that has shown outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning. The award recognizes pioneering organizations in the field that have changed distance learning, challenged existing practice, or developed new and effective solutions.
Category II – Outstanding Leadership Award
Individual leaders must be recognized for a level of performance that excels in their organization, reaching out through mentoring, sharing, and collaboration. These leaders are also active in the field of distance learning through professional affiliation and external collaboration.
Category III – Innovation Award
The award is given to an organization, an individual, a project, an initiative, a disruptive technology, or a unique pedagogy. The award nomination exhibits innovative approaches to the delivery of distance learning. One award is given each year in each USDLA constituency: K12, Higher education, Corporate training, Telehealth, and Military/Government.
Category IV – Excellence in Teaching/Training Award
The Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching/Training awards are given to outstanding individuals whose teaching demonstrates extraordinary achievements. The teaching or training must demonstrate effective learning facilitated through technology with measurable outcomes. One award is offered each year for each USDLA constituency: K12, Higher education, Corporate training, Telehealth, and Military/Government.
Category V – Global Impact Award
This award is given to honor outstanding projects featuring global impact, reach, and understanding of diverse cultures, originating either in the U.S. or internationally.
Category VI – Student Achievement Award
This award is given to a student who has exhibited leadership and creativity in using distance learning technologies.
Category VII – Quality Research Paper Award
This award is given to the author(s) of a high quality research paper that advances the field of distance learning. MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION GUIDELINES (Pdf)
Award Entry Fees:
For Profit Fee: $200.00
Non Profit Fee: $100.00
Pre-K-12 Fee: $50.00
Award Questions:
USDLA Awards Committee:
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, USDLA Board Member
Ms. Pam Birtolo, USDLA Board Member
Ms. Jenny Jopling, USDLA Chair Emeritus
Dr. Janine Lim, USDLA Board Member
Dr. Reggie Smith, USDLA Chair Emeritus and Awards Chair
Mrs. Julie Young, USDLA Chair Emeritus
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there a space limitation for submissions in terms of number of pages or word count?
NO real page limits…just make sure to hit/answer the criteria and provide evidence, etc.

Is there a specific format in which the nominator’s content should be arranged? For example, is it up to the submitter to organize the material in the best way that reflects the judging attributes?

Submit a nomination overview. Write a narrative that summarizes the project, program, person, etc. Include a paragraph for each rubric criteria explaining how this nomination meets that criteria and referencing each evidence document that supports the criteria.
You can upload unlimited evidence files. The file name for each evidence document should represent which criteria the evidence accompanies.
All files must be uploaded into the reviewer site. No website submissions are accepted.
Any evidence not already in an electronic format may be scanned and submitted as a PDF.

 

When will award winners be notified?

By March 31, 2017, USDLA will notify winners and non-winners by phone and/ or e-mail with follow-up letters.

How secure will my material be?

All entries and related courses, material and content are kept confidential for judging purposes only.

 

Can I submit an award on behalf of my client?

Yes, you can submit a nomination on behalf of your client. Please note that for US government entries, you may have to consult your legal team regarding legal gift restrictions.

 

Is there a limit to the number of submissions an organization can submit?

NO

Can I load screen shots of my website, module?

Yes, you can load them in the award system as an example or insert them in your narrative to demonstrate or showcase certain features you want the judges to view.

 

What is the absolute latest time I can submit my award?

You should submit all award submission midnight (ET) on February 28, 2017.

 

What is the cost and is it per award?

The costs are as shown below:
For Profit Fee: $200.00
Non Profit Fee: $100.00
Pre-K-12 Fee: $50.00
Yes, the fees are per each entry.
Can I mail additional material or copies of my submission(s) to USDLA for consideration?
NO submission(s) will be accepted via mail. All entries and related material must be submitted online via the awards website.
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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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