The ADEIL Research Award is for the purpose of promoting scholarship, innovation, and progress in the field. The award recognizes one or more individuals responsible for conducting an outstanding research project on any area directly related to distance learning.
The outcome of the research project should clearly enhance the profile and possibilities of distance learning, and may focus on theoretical or practical issues. The recipient of the award receives $500 from ADEIL. If there is more than one co-author, money is split accordingly.
Criteria for award consideration:
- The person nominating the research should be a member of ADEIL.
- The research should be centered on an aspect of distance learning, including, but not limited to history, statistics, technology, innovations, personnel, student services, marketing, and pedagogical techniques.
- The research should have been published during the preceding academic year (September through August), but may have been conducted over more than that year.
- The research paper or report should be submitted in a form compatible with the type of research–for example, historical research in article or book form. Most papers will have, at minimum, an introduction, description of method, description of results, and discussion of results. Recommended length of the research paper or report is 10–25 pages, not including appendicular materials.
- The Awards Committee will judge the nominations on the basis of the scholarly qualities of the research and on the significance or magnitude of its contribution to the field of distance education and independent learning.
- Preference will be given to peer reviewed content.