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 col.orgedea

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

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now