Excellence in Distance Education Awards presented during PCF9

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COL recognised excellence in open, distance and technology-enabled learning with the presentation of the Excellence in Distance Education Awards (EDEA) at the ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF9) on 11 September 2019. Presented every three years, these awards acknowledge achievement by institutions/organisations and individuals around the Commonwealth.

The EDEA honour excellence at many points throughout the learning process: at the institutional level, in the development of learning materials, and in individual educator and student attainment.

The recipients are:

Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement

Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University

Award of Excellence for Distance Education Materials

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

Open University of Malaysia

Category B: Design and development of study materials through the innovative use and re-use of open educational resources (OER)

Athabasca University

Open Education Resource Foundation

Award of Excellence in a Distance or Online Learning Experience
eLearning in difficult circumstances

Ms Sakshi Kumari

Mr Jima Ngei

Pictured (left to right): Ms Sakshi Kumari, Dr E Vayunandan (Vice Chancellor of YCMOU), Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO, Mr Jima Ngei, Andy Brown (OER Foundation), Dr Dietmar Kennepohl (Athabasca University).

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