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Best Practice Award in Distance Learning or Technology for Adult Learners

 

Award Description:

One of the goals of the AAACE’s Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) is to provide members with opportunities to share best practices and research on how adults are learning in networked and other technological learning environments. This award is to honor those best practices. Nominations are accepted for Best Practice in Distance Learning or Technology (includes educational and/or instructional technology) for Adult Learners. The best practice can be in a higher education, community education, corporate, government, and other environments where adult learners are being served. The award is given annually at the AAACE conference to no more than two recipients in any calendar year. The recipient(s) will be invited to present their best practice at a CDLT sponsored session during the AAACE annual conference and will be featured in The CDLT News.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Preference is given to current members of the CDLT, or those who agree to join at the time of nomination.
  • The best practice and/or research must involve the application of distance learning or technology (includes educational and/or instructional technology) for adult learners.
  • Teams and/or programs may also be nominated, but will receive one award if chosen.  

Nominations Process:

  • Award Type Identification. Please identify the nomination category as either:   Best Practice in Distance Learning or Best Practice in Technology for Adults.
  • Nominator Information. Please list the following information: Name, Job Title/Organization, Address, City/State/Zip, Telephone and Email. If self-nominated, leave this field blank.
  • Nominee Information. Please list the following information: Name, Job Title/Organization, Program Name (if applicable), Address, City/State/Zip, Telephone and Email.
  • Nomination materials, as described below.

 Nomination Materials:

  • NOTE: Nomination materials must be submitted as one combined PDF document.
  •  Include a one-page description of the current best practice and/or research. Specify the overall purpose of the practice, technologies and educational strategies used, along with the target population(s) impacted.
  • Include a statement and/or other evidence of the effectiveness of the practice/research, describing why it is distinguished as a best-practice.
  • Include a statement on how the best-practice can be or has been effectively replicated or adapted in other contexts or environments to support adult learning. Include any relevant artifacts, if applicable.
  • Support letters from those impacted by the program or activity and/or experts in the field are highly encouraged though not required.
  • Include a brief biography of the nominee(s).

Nomination Submittal and Deadline:

Complete the Best Practice Nomination Form online by June 1, 2017. Nomination materials, as described above, must be uploaded in the form as one combined PDF document. Though not encouraged, nomination materials may also be submitted via email to: cdlt@aaace.org .

An extension to the stated deadline may be made by the CDLT Director if necessary based on application trends and other considerations.

Selection Process and Timeline:

Recipient(s) will be selected based on the materials submitted by a committee of three to four CDLT members who are appointed annually by the CDLT Director in collaboration with the commission’s awards chair. The CDLT Awards Chair is responsible for coordinating the review of applications using the below rubric and making certain the award description and criteria are distributed to the membership through both the AAACE’s and CDLT’s online newsletters and websites. The committee will annually select a recipient(s) by September 1st.

At the discretion of the Awards Committee, Awards Chair, and upon approval of the CDLT Director, additional submissions may be designated as honorable mentions in The CDLT News.

Scoring Rubric:

Context: The best practice is designed for distance learning or technology (includes educational and/or instructional technology) for adult learners in an appropriate setting.

Does not meet (0)

Meets (1 point)

Exceptional (2 points)

No evidence or missing evidence.

 

The best practice includes commendable uses of distance learning or technology (includes educational or instructional technology) for adult learners in an appropriate setting.

 

The best practice includes innovative uses of distance learning or technology (includes educational or instructional technology) for adult learners in an appropriate setting.

Effectiveness: The best practice has documented outcomes and other evidence of effectiveness for adult learners.

Does not meet (0)

Meets (1 point)

Exceptional (2 points)

No evidence or missing evidence.

The best practice has documented outcomes of effectiveness for adult learners.

The best practice has documented outcomes and other strong evidence of effectiveness for adult learners. Other evidence can include testimonials from participants and support letters from professionals or experts in the field.

Applicability: The best practice can be replicated or adapted to other contexts to support adult learning.

Does not meet (0)

Meets (1 point)

Exceptional (2 points)

No evidence or missing evidence.

The best practice can be replicated or adapted to other contexts or environments to support adult learning.

The best practice has evidence of being replicated or adapted to other contexts or environments to support adult learning.

 

Notification:

Both award winners and non-winners will be notified in writing.

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