Awards

Award Categories

Selection of Candidates

Each year, AAOU will present the Young Innovator Award comprising one gold medal and two silver medals for deserving candidates. Prior to the AAOU Annual Conference, the Scientific Committee shall shortlist 10–12 papers from those who qualify the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates must come from AAOU member institutions
  • Selection is based only on paper written by one author
  • Author of the paper must be less than 40 years of age as of 1st January, 2020
  • Evaluation shall be based on the merit of the innovation (e.g. teaching tool, application software, approaches to learner support, management tool etc.).

The author of the individual paper must submit his/her curriculum vitae highlighting the experience and achievements in endorsing innovations to sec-aaou2020@ou.ac.lk on or before 20th March 2021

Adjudication Committee

Adjudication Committee comprising leading practitioners of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the region who are well known within the AAOU community will be appointed by the AAOU President. The Committee comprises a Chair and at least two members, who shall come from different institutions.

Assessment Procedure and Criteria

The shortlisted papers for the Young Innovator Award shall be forwarded by the Scientific Committee via the AAOU Secretary-General to the Adjudication Committee who shall then evaluate the papers according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of innovation
  • Relevance of the innovation to the theory and practice of ODL
  • Uniqueness and originality of the innovation
  • Success and impact of the innovation
  • Innovative use of available resources
  • Sustainability of the innovation
  • Quality of writing
  • Frame/flow/line of thinking
  • Quality of the supporting evidence
  • Consistency of style
  • Language (clarity and cohesiveness)

On the basis of an evaluation of the shortlisted papers, the Adjudication Committee shall present their recommendations to the AAOU President for endorsement. Once endorsed by the AAOU President, the decision shall be final.

The winners of each award will receive the following:

  • Gold Medalist: USD500
  • Silver Medalist 1: USD250
  • Silver Medalist 2: USD250

Selection of Candidates

Each year, AAOU will present the AAOU Best Practice Award comprising one gold medal and two silver medals for deserving candidates. Prior to the AAOU Annual Conference, the Scientific Committee will undertake to shortlist 12–15 papers for the Adjudication Committee for the final evaluation.

Adjudication Committee

Adjudication Committee comprising leading practitioners of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the region who are well known within the AAOU community will be appointed by the AAOU President. The Committee comprises a Chair and at least two members, who shall come from different institutions. The Adjudication Committee will select the best six papers as finalists from the shortlisted papers. The winners for the Best Practice Award will be determined by the Committee after their assessment of oral presentations by the six finalists during the Conference.

Assessment Procedure and Criteria

The shortlisted papers for the Best Practice Award shall be forwarded via the AAOU Secretary-General to the Adjudication Committee who shall then evaluate the papers according to the following criteria:

  • Innovative practice developed to improve process/method;
  • Potential for such practice to be replicated or for other institutions to adopt;
  • Impact on ODL; and
  • Quality of writing.

On the basis of an evaluation of the shortlisted papers, the Adjudication Committee shall present their recommendations of the six finalists for further assessment of oral presentations during the Conference. At the oral presentation session, the following criteria will be assessed:

  • Presentation content;
  • Organisation and flow;
  • Visual aids and posture/appearance;
  • Delivery; and
  • Ability to answer questions.

The Adjudication Committee will then make the final decision on the papers to be awarded.

The winners of each award will receive the following:

  • Gold Medalist: USD500
  • Silver Medalist 1: USD250
  • Silver Medalist 2: USD250

Selection of Candidates

Each year, AAOU will present the AAOU Best Paper Award comprising one gold medal and two silver medals for deserving candidates. Prior to the AAOU Annual Conference, the Scientific Committee will undertake to shortlist 12–15 papers for the Adjudication Committee for the final evaluation.

Adjudication Committee

Adjudication Committee comprising leading practitioners of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the region who are well known within the AAOU community will be appointed by the AAOU President. The Committee comprises a Chair and at least two members, who shall come from different institutions. The Adjudication Committee will select the best six papers as finalists from the shortlisted papers. The winners for the Best Paper Award will be determined by the Committee after their assessment of oral presentations by the six finalists during the Conference.

Assessment Procedure and Criteria

The shortlisted papers for the Best Paper Award shall be forwarded via the AAOU Secretary-General to the Adjudication Committee who shall then evaluate the papers according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of content to the theme and intended sub-themes of the conference;
  • Contribution to ODL;
  • Quality of innovation/analysis; and
  • Quality of writing.

On the basis of an evaluation of the shortlisted papers, the Adjudication Committee shall present their recommendations of the six finalists for further assessment of oral presentations during the Conference. At the oral presentation session, the following criteria will be assessed:

  • Presentation content;
  • Organisation and flow;
  • Visual aids and posture/appearance;
  • Delivery; and
  • Ability to answer questions.

The Adjudication Committee will then make the final decision on the papers to be awarded.

The winners of each award will receive the following:

  • Gold Medalist: USD500
  • Silver Medalist 1: USD250
  • Silver Medalist 2: USD250