Course Awards 2021

ADEIL High School or College Course Award

The ADEIL High School and College Level Course Awards honor outstanding pre-collegiate level (9–12) and college-level credit courses taught during the 2020-2021 academic year. This includes any distance education or online learning course. If a previously submitted course was rewritten or revised, it may be resubmitted for consideration. Each award recognizes the accomplishment of the instructor, author, primary editor, and/or course developer who worked together to create an exemplary course.

Program managers, instructors, course authors, and/or instructional designers may present the course. Awards are determined through a video presentation of your course with narration (audio and/or text). Create a video (between 10-15 minutes in duration) that highlights how you effectively use instructional materials, activities, assessments, etc., in a distance learning environment. Include a link to your video (YouTube, your website, Google Drive, etc.), a course syllabus, and any sample course content and student work (optional) using the online nomination form below.

To nominate a course for one of the awards, you must be a current ADEIL member. Feel free to self-nominate! Either the nominee(s) or nominating ADEIL member can complete the nomination submission form.

Nomination Submissions Deadline: September 23, 2021

The ADEIL High School and College Level Course Awards are evaluated on four main categories:

  1. Course Structure: Course tour with a complete walkthrough of an online or blended course incorporated into the video presentation submission. Consider showcasing the course overview, course navigation, start here, course content, instructor information, and module structure. Show evidence that the course is diverse and inclusive including ADA compliant.
  2. Instructional Materials and Assessments (including alignment): Highlight instructional materials and assessments that reveal at least the following:
    ● Varied instructional materials with resources that enrich the content such as audio and video content, external links, readings, etc.
    ● Varied and authentic assessments that give students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of course content and instructor opportunities for regular feedback to students.
    ● Formative, summative, and reflective assessments.
    ● Instructional materials and assessments show a clear connection with the course learning outcomes.
  3. Student Engagement (including learning activities): Show evidence of how the course provides an engaging and interactive environment for students. Consider student-to-content, student-to-student, and instructor-to-student interactions to engage students in constructing meaning and practicing skills through active learning.
  4. Innovation: Feature the creative use of digital content and appropriate educational technologies to teach an online and/or blended course. For example, the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), virtual reality, social media, or communication strategies.

The ADEIL Awards Committee will determine one Distinguished High School Level Course Award and one Distinguished College Level Course Award. In addition, conference attendees will vote on one Conference Choice Award. Winners will be announced at the 29th Annual Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning Conference held October 18-20, 2021. Distinguished course awards receive a $100 monetary stipend. In addition, each award winner for the distinguished course awards receives a certificate plus a 1-year complimentary ADEIL membership. Winners will be announced during the closing session of the conference and posted to the ADEIL website after the conference.

Feel free to contact Gloria Washington, Chair of ADEIL Awards Committee.