Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials

There are two categories of awards for recognition of excellence in open and distance education and technology-enabled learning materials and COL presents one award in each category. The categories are:

Category A: innovations in print, electronically delivered materials or other low-cost media materials, such as audio, video, or a combination of these.

Category B: open educational resources (OER) – innovative creation and adaptation.

 

The most recent Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials were presented during the Ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF9) on 11 September 2019, which took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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

 

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

2017-2019 Awards, presented at PCF9

Category A: Innovations in print, electronically delivered materials, or other low-cost media materials

  • Open University Malaysia, Malaysia 

Category B: Open educational resources (OER) – innovative creation and adaptation.

  • Athabasca University, Canada

  • Open Education Resource Foundation, New Zealand

2014-2016 Awards, presented at PCF8

Category A: 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 B: 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 A:  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, 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, South Africa

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

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

2009-2010 Awards, presented at PCF6

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

  • OpenLearn Website - The Open University, UK

2005-2006 Awards, presented at PCF4

Category A:  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 B: 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