Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials

The Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials is divided into two categories:

  1. Print, electronically delivered materials or other low-cost media materials, such as audio, video, or a combination of these.
  2. Open educational resources (OER) –use, re-use and innovation

COL presents up to three awards for each category for distance education materials at its Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning

For general information on all awards, see www.col.org/edea.

 

Past Recipients of the Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials

2014-2016 Awards, presented at PCF8

Category 1: Print, electronically delivered materials and/or other “low-end” media materials, such as audio/video tapes, or a combination of these.

  • Open University Malaysia, Malaysia 

Category 2: Design and development of study materials through the innovative use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia 

2011-2013 Awards, presented at PCF7

Category 1:  materials in print, audio or video, or a combination of these

  • Collaboration and Mentoring in Educational Environments, which forms part of the Master of Education in Distance Education of the Centre of Distance Education - Athabasca University, Canada
  • Get Ahead Skills, which forms part of the Certificate in Career and Self Development, and successful learners are also awarded National Certificate in Employment Skills - The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (TOPNZ), New Zealand
  • Language through an African Lens, which forms part of the Bachelor of Arts programme offered by the College of Human Sciences - University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa

Category 2: interactive, electronically delivered materials, which may be supplemented by materials developed in other media

  • ICT in Education course which forms part of the Masters in Education programme of the School of Education, Languages and Communication - Wawasan Open University (WOU), Malaysia

2009-2010 Awards, presented at PCF6

Category 1:  materials in print, audio or video, or a combination of these

  • Botswana Technical Education Programme Certificate Course – The Human Body - Francistown College of Technical & Vocational Education, Botswana

Category 2: interactive, electronically delivered materials, which may be supplemented by materials developed in other media

  • Diploma in Web & Multimedia Development - Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning - University of Mauritius

2007-2008 Awards, presented at PCF5

Category 1:  print or other "low-end" media materials, such as audio/ video tapes or a combination of these

  • Master of Arts in Teacher Education - Faculty of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL)

Category 2: interactive, electronically delivered materials, which may be supplemented by materials developed in other media

  • OpenLearn Website - UK Open University

2005-2006 Awards, presented at PCF4

Category 1:  print or other "low-end" media materials as part of a distance education course/programme

  • Advanced Certificate in Education in the Field of Learners with Special Educational Needs - School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Learning Skills for Open and Distance Learners - Open University Malaysia. 
  • A Facilitation Handbook for Women's Learning Group Facilitators - Women in Fishing Industry Project (WIFIP), Education and Development Trust, Kenya.
  • Honourable Mention: Environmental Education Modules - Centre for Environmental Education, India

Category 2: interactive, electronically delivered materials, which may be supplemented by materials developed in other media

  • PharmaLearn, Anticoagulation - Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • NAMCOL Online, Welcome to the World of Physical Science Grade 12 - Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)
  • Indigenous Approaches to Healing and Helping - School of Social Work, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Honourable Mention: French as a Second Language - Alberta Distance Learning Centre, Canada

2003-2004 Awards, presented at PCF3

  • Bachelor of Management in Public Policy - New Guinea Open College, University of Papua New Guinea
  • Understanding Children - Centre for Widening Participation of The Open University, UK. 
  • RACEROCKS.COM - Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific

2001-2002 Awards, presented at PCF2

  • ABET Practitioner Training Programme (Certificate and Diploma) - Institute for Adult Basic Education and Training, University of South Africa.
  • The Mekong e-Sim Programme - jointly developed by the University of Technology, Sydney, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney and University of New England, Australia

1998-1999 Awards, presented at PCF1

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
  • Adelaide Institute of TAFE, South Australia