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AECT Division of Distance Learning Awards - Association for Educational Communications and Technology


Award Sponsors
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 Monday April 15, 2019. Winners of the DDL Best Practice Award will be awarded during the AECT DDL Membership Meeting to be held during the AECT Annual Conference. Winner(s) will receive award certificate(s). The award nomination results will be announced (DDL listserv, DDL website, DDL Facebook) and recipients and nominators will be emailed in early-August. The awards recipients will be published in the AECT conference program. The first four authors will receive a printed certificate. We will email an e-certificate as pdf to other authors of the award. Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of an award.


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

Award Categories & Coordinators

1. DDL-AECT Crystal Award

Purpose: To recognize innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance education courses or multimedia-based distance learning projects (single modules, lessons, workshops, something less than an entire course).

Requirements: Can self-nominate, but at least one nominee must be a member of AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.

Required items for submission: To nominate for Crystal Award submit the following:  

  • Extended summary description of the multimedia-based distance education course or project should include at least one paragraph for each criterion (1500 words or less not counting references and attachments) should be:  
    • Name of the multimedia-based courses or project
    • Year of the multimedia-based courses or project (e.g. 2019 award for practice in 2016-2019)
    • Word count
    • How the multimedia-based course or project is innovative and outstanding
    • Purpose or benefit
    • Context (institution, learners, faculty, teachers, administrators, course or instructional purpose, etc.)
    • Multimedia-based course or project design supports instructional goal and multimedia components and/or activities are engaging
    • Evidence of instructional effectiveness (evaluations or assessments)
    • Measurable results (the impact on learners and/or instructors)
    • Grounded in scholarly, professional literature

  • References (not included in the word count)
  • Attachments (not included in the word count):
    • ​Screenshots OR
    • The link to the video about multimedia-based course or project OR
    • Login ID/password to the multimedia-based course or project


How to Submit Nominations: Please submit your nominations by clicking on this DDL Crystal Award Submission link. Note: Sign-in is required in order to upload the files. 


Questions: For more information or questions about the DDL Crystal Award contact the coordinators.


Award Coordinators:
Ayesha Sadaf (asadaf@uncc.edu)
Fatimah Wirth (fatimah.wirth@pe.gatech.edu)


DDL-AECT Crystal Award Evaluation Criteria

1. Multimedia-based distance education course or project was active and developed within 3 years prior to conference at which the award is given
  ____Eligible
  ____Ineligible (do not proceed) 

2. Required elements (extended description summary, references, and attachments)
0 - Didn’t include all required element
1 - Included some required elements
2 - Included all required elements

3. Extended description summary provided in 1500 words or less not counting references and attachments)
0 – Over word limit

1 – Word count is acceptable

4. The multimedia-based course or project is innovative and outstanding
0 - No evidence of innovative or outstanding features
1 - Some evidence of innovative and outstanding features
2 - Innovative and outstanding approach to the entire course or project

5.  Summary states briefly what the purpose or benefit of the multimedia-based course or project is
0 – Insufficient or none
1 – Acceptable
2 - Well done
3 – Exemplary

6.  Description of 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

7. Multimedia-based course or project design supports instructional goal and multimedia components or activities are engaging
0 – Do not support instructional goal and activities are not engaging
1 – Design supports instructional goal but multimedia components or activities are not engaging
2 - Design and all multimedia components support the instructional goal with engaging activities

8.  Summary provides evidence of effectiveness (evaluations or assessments)
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

9. Measurable results (the impact on learners and/or instructors)
0 - no measurable results
1 - documented instructional impact on learners and/or instructors
2 - positive, documented instructional impact on learners and/or instructors

10. Multimedia-based course or project grounded in scholarly, professional literature
0 – No evidence that the multimedia-based course or project 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

11. The multimedia-based course or project has easy access for all reviewers (screenshots, link to the video, or access to the multimedia-based course or project
0 – Not accessible
1 – Somewhat accessible
2 – Easy to access
    *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. DDL Distance Education Best Practice Award

Purpose:
 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 evidence of the best practice could be an online course or a book chapter or a journal article or project. Some potential topics include recommending a way to do something, addressing an issue, or showing recommendations for practitioners working in distance education.  Should include evidence of effectiveness (evaluations or assessments).


Requirements: Can self-nominate, but at least one nominee must be a member of AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.

Required items for submission:  To nominate a best practice submit the following documentation:  

  • Extended summary description of the practice should include at least one paragraph for each criterion (1500 words or less not counting references and attachments) should be:
    • Name of best practice
    • Year of best practice (e.g. 2019 award for practice in 2016-2019)
    • Word count
    • Purpose or benefit
    • Context (institution, learners, faculty, teachers, administrators, course or instructional purpose, etc.)
    • Evidence of effectiveness (evaluations or assessments)
    • Measurable results (the impact on learners and/or instructors)
    • Description of the best practice implementation
    • How the best practice is consistent with exemplary, professional practice
    • How the best practice is innovative and may be applicable to a wider audience
    • Grounded in scholarly, professional literature
  • References (not included in the word count)
  • Attachments (not included in the word count):
    • PDF of screenshots or PDF of book chapter/journal article or example (i.e., the link to the video) OR login ID/password to the online course


How to Submit Nominations: Please submit your nominations by clicking on this DDL Distance Education Best Practice Award Submission link.  Note: Sign-in is required in order to upload the files. 


Questions: For more information or questions about the DDL Distance Education Best Practice Award contact the coordinator.


Award Coordinator:

Yvonne Earnshaw (yvonne.earnshaw@gmail.com)

DDL Distance Education Best Practice Award Evaluation Criteria
 

1. Practice in use within 3 years prior to conference at which the award is given 
 ____Eligible
 ____Ineligible (do not proceed)

2. Required elements (extended description summary, references, and attachments)
0 - Didn’t include all required elements
1 - Included some required elements
2 - Included all required elements

3. Extended description summary provided in 1500 words or less not counting references and attachments)
 0 – Over word limit
 1 – Word count is acceptable

4.  Summary states briefly what the purpose or benefit of the practice is
 0 – Insufficient or none
 1 – Acceptable
 2 - Well done
 3 – Exemplary

5.  Description of 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

6.  Summary provides evidence of effectiveness (evaluations or assessments)
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. Measurable results (the impact on learners and/or instructors)
0 - no measurable results
1 - documented instructional impact on learners and/or instructors
2 - positive, documented instructional impact on learners and/or instructors

8. Description of implementation of the best practice
0 – insufficient or none
1 – acceptable
2 -  well done
3 – exemplary

9.  The supporting documentation is consistent with exemplary, professional practice
0 – insufficient or none
1 – acceptable
2 - well done  
3 – exemplary  

10. Practice is innovative and may be applicable to a wider audience
0 - No evidence of innovation.
1 - Some evidence of innovation and may be applicable to a small audience.
2 - Innovative and applicable to a wider audience

11. 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

12. The best practice has easy access for all reviewers (screenshots, link to the video, book chapter/journal article or access to the project/online course)
0 – Not accessible
1 – Somewhat accessible
2 – Easy to access
*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. DDL Distance Education Book Award

Purpose: The outstanding book award recognizes a print or digital book published in English with a copyright date within the last three years 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.

Requirements: Can self-nominate, but at least one nominee must be a member of AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.

How to Submit Nominations: 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. 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).

Questions: For more information or questions about the DDL Distance Education Book Award contact the coordinator.

Award Coordinators:

Barbara M. Hall (aectddlbookaward@gmail.com)

Amy Grincewicz (agrincew@kent.edu)

DDL Distance Education Book Award Evaluation Criteria
The book should have a copyright date of 2016-2019. 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
____Eligible
 ____Ineligible (do not proceed)

2. Contribution to distance education theory or practice
0  - One of many books on the topic; adds minimal amount of new contributions to the field
1  - Contribution adds new information on an important topic
2  - Broad, substantive contribution that adds new information on timely, important topics

3. Writing
0  – Challenges to coherence, organization, and/or mechanics interfere with reader’s ability to understand authors’ meaning
1 - Coherence, organization, and mechanics support authors’ message; text is accessible by intended audience
2 - 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 – 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 - Many distance educators across multiple roles (e.g., only practitioners, researchers, and administrators) and/or content (i.e., subject domains)
2 - Most distance educators across multiple roles (e.g., practitioners, researchers, and administrators) and content (i.e., subject domains)

5. Scholarly, professional content
0 - Few, if any, citations and references within previous 5 years or seminal works are included
1 - 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 - 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. DDL Journal Article Award

Purpose: To recognize outstanding articles, published in the last three years, that describe best practices in distance education or the research on an important aspect of distance education.There are four categories for journal article award: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and application. A maximum of 2 qualitative articles, 2 quantitative articles, 2 mixed methods articles and 1 application article will receive this award.

Requirements: Can self-nominate, but at least one nominee must be a member of AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.

Article Type Descriptions:
 

  • Quantitative - Quantitative research is an approach for testing objective theories by examining the relationship between variables. These variables, in turn, can be measured, typically on, typically on instruments, so that numbered data can be analyzed using statistical procedures. The final written report has a set structure consisting of introduction, literature and theory, methods, results, and discussion. Like qualitative researchers, those who engage in this form of inquiry have assumptions about testing theories deductively, building in protections against bias, controlling for alternative or counterfactual explanations, and being able to generalize and replicate the findings (Creswell & Creswell, 2017, p.4).
     
  • Qualitative - Qualitative research is an approach for exploring and understanding the meaning individuals or groups to a social or human problem. The process of research involves emerging questions and procedures, data typically collected in the participants’ setting, data analysis inductively building from particulars to general themes, and the researcher making interpretations of the meaning of the data. The final written report has a flexible structure. Those who engage in this form of inquiry support a way of looking at research that honors an inductive style, a focus on individual meaning and the importance of reporting the complexity of a situation  (Creswell & Creswell, 2017, p.4). 
     
  • Mixed Methods - literature review - Mixed methods research is the type of research in which a researcher or team of researchers combines elements of qualitative and quantitative research approaches (e. g., use of qualitative and quantitative viewpoints, data collection, analysis, inference techniques) for the broad purposes of breadth and depth of understanding and corroboration (Johnson, Onwuegbuzie, & Turner, 2007, p. 123).
     
  • Application -  Practical applications using best practices, possibly for practitioners. Some potential topics include represent recommending a way to do something, addressing an issue or showing recommendations for practitioners working in distance education. May or may not include quantitative or qualitative data.


Required Items for Submission: To submit a nomination to the journal award please submit the  PDF of the journal article.

How to Submit Nominations: Please submit your nominations by clicking on this DDL Journal Article Award submission link.  Note: Sign-in is required in order to upload the files. 


Questions:  For more information or questions about the journal awards, contact the journal award coordinators.    

Award Coordinators:
Laura Gray (laura.gray@dec.uwi.edu)
Marquetta Strait (straitm@purdue.edu)
Melissa Crane (Cran2660@bellsouth.net)


References
Creswell, J.W., & Creswell, J.D. (2017). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE.
Johnson, B. R., Onwuegbuzie, A. J., & Turner, L. A. (2007). Toward a definition of mixed methods research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1, 112–133. doi: 10.1177/1558689806298224.


DDL Journal Article Evaluation Criteria

1. Published within 3 years prior to conference at which the award is given
 __Eligible
 __Ineligible (do not proceed)

2. Contribution to distance education 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; several writing errors are present
1 - Organized and readable style; no writing errors present
2 - Well-written and well organized

4. The article addresses a distance education application or practice or research 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 current references and citations
2 - Very well grounded with extensive current, appropriate, and relevant citations

6. Is the manuscript's organization clear, and does it include all the necessary components? (Depending on the type of the article, the structure may include Abstract, Introduction and/or Background, 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. Research Articles Only (Quan, Qual, MM) - Is information provided on the research design, participants, and variables sufficient to allow others to replicate the study?
0 - information is not sufficient for others to replicate the study
1 - some information is missing to replicate the study
2 - information is sufficient to replicate the study

8. Application Articles Only- Is information provided on the practical application to allow others to understand the practical application?
0 - information is not sufficient to understand the practical application
1 - some information is missing to understand the practical application
2 - information is sufficient to understand the practical application


5. Outstanding DDL-Sponsored AECT Conference Proposal Award Evaluation Criteria*

This award will be given out annually to honor a DDL-sponsored conference proposal that is an example of best practices in distance education or leads to the improvement of distance education. All DDL-sponsored conference proposals will be considered. Contact the President-Elect for more information. Criteria will include proposal reviewer scores, ranking and/or reviewer comments. The final decision will be made by the President-Elect. No submissions or nominations are required for this award. 

 

AECT DDL Awards FAQs
 

  • How many awards will be given in each category? 
    Up to three awards may be given in each category except Journal Article Award. There are four categories for journal article award: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and application. A maximum of 2 qualitative articles, 2 quantitative articles, 2 mixed methods articles and 1 application article will receive this award.
     
  • What does one win?
    Certificate of recognition.
     
  • 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?
    At least one nominee must be a member of AECT in good standing at the time of nomination.
     
  • What is the deadline for my application?
    April 15, 2019.
     
  • 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 two awards [Best Practices and Crystal Award]. 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.
     
  • How do I know the award nomination results?
    The award nomination results will be announced (DDL listserv, DDL website, DDL facebook) and recipients and nominators will be emailed in early-August. The awards recipients will be published in the AECT conference program.




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