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In 2000 IDETC decided to institute the E-learning Software Awards in order to celebrate excellence in distance education and to encourage institutions to make the necessary investment in good E-learning Software planning, design and development.

It was felt that this was entirely consistent with the reason why IDETC was established as indicated in the IDETC constitution and its code of ethics. It was also felt that the E-learning Software Awards might raise interest in IDETC among institutions that are currently not members. It was hoped that some of these institutions might subsequently join, and so strengthen, the organization.


Collaborative relationships in the design and delivery of E-learning Software produced by educational institutions

  • The relationships could be within or across institutions or across countries and could involve:

    joint development of new modules, units or courses
  • sharing of existing modules, or courses, with or without re-designing
  • joint delivery of modules, units or courses
  • collaborative research related to the design and delivery of E-learning Software

And could consist predominately or entirely of E-learning Software, print-based E-learning Software, or other multi-media. Participants were asked to include in their submission:

  • An account of the nature of the collaboration with supporting evidence;
  • Any relevant resources (textbook, reader, website, etc.) that are used in conjunction with the E-learning Software, especially if a “wrap-around” style of production is used. Copies of websites or media resources can be provided on CD, if necessary;
  • Any independent reviews/evaluations of the material;
  • Any student or tutor evaluations of the course

In addition participants were asked to provide a written reflection with their chosen E-learning Software, and to include the following:

  • A description of how the course/module chosen fits into the broader scope of the total learning programme;
  • A rationale or motivation for how the course/module being submitted relates to the theme of the Award;
  • An account of the history of the initiative – how it started, the rationale, the development
  • A discussion on the benefits and challenges of the collaboration.
  • A description of the learning environment and learner support processes in place (e.g. tutorials, face-to-face, online discussion, e-mail contact, etc.);
  • A description of the development process, including timeframes, team members involved and costs.


The evaluation has been undertaken in terms of the theme of IDETC award and the criteria published to guide the submissions made by educational institutions. In the review process the team interrogated the courses using the following criteria:

  • Is there evidence in the submission that the collaboration has enhanced commitment to the quality of teaching and learning?
  • Is there evidence that the collaboration has enabled the sharing of expertise in the subject, based on scholarship and research?
  • Is there evidence that the collaboration supports appropriate assessment practices?
  • Is there evidence that the collaboration enables effective support and academic guidance to students?
  • Is there evidence in the submission of imaginative and innovative learning design and teaching methods?
  • Is there evidence that the collaboration benefits the participants?


Download E-learning Software Award Application Form

E-learning Software Award Application Form


Award winners of 2013:
Dr. Brian A. SLeong
Dr. Adam Rolnik
Dr. Skyler J. Siegel

Award winners of 2012:
Dr. Kenneth Kim
Dr. Todd Kilroy
Dr. Jodie Mascia

Award winners of 2011:
Dr. Gregory Lindahl
Dr. Benjamin Carolyn
Dr. Paul Koblens

Award winners of 2010:
Dr. Jongdae Kirshner
Dr. Clifford Ancillai
Dr. Justin Glaymon

Award winners of 2009:
Dr. Lopez Weisbord
Dr. Steve Sarkar
Dr. David Farrell

Award winners of 2008:
Dr. Perry Mayer
Dr. Peter Vambery
Dr. Martha Cardon

Award winners of 2007:
Dr. George Barnet
Dr. Steve Gable
Dr. Ropert Berger

Award winners of 2006:
Dr. Jerry Chiagouris
Dr. Susan Priluck

Award winners of 2005:
Dr. J. P. Hwang
Dr. Chris Kraus

Award winners of 2004:
Dr. Ken Sarkar
Dr. Merry Kam