2013 Nomination Process

please note this call is now closed

Nomination Process

Nominations are invited for innovative contributions in the area of teaching and learning, in keeping with the following guidelines:

  • Nominations must be for an innovative idea, which must have been implemented.
  • Nominations must be submitted in the following format:
  • A 150-word description of the innovative idea. This should be submitted as an MS Word document, and it should address the following points:
    1. Submission title
    2. What is the innovation? This should give a clear, concise description of the innovation, and explain why it is innovative
    3. What is the rationale behind the innovation?
    4. Who is the target audience?
    5. How has the innovative idea been implemented?
    6. What lessons have been learned from the implementation?
  • A PowerPoint presentation of up to 5 slides, highlighting key points of the nomination.
  • If desired, a link to a URL may be included, to illustrate or support the submission.
  • The submission for the nomination must capture the essence of the innovative idea. Each reviewer will spend no more than 5 to 10 minutes reviewing your submission, so they must be able to understand the essence of the innovation, and rate it against the specific evaluation criteria, within this timeframe.
  • You can nominate your own work or someone else’s but, if short-listed, the originator/instigator of the idea must be the presenter/one of the presenters at the judging final during the EdTech 2013 Conference.
    It is important that your submission illustrates/provides examples of how the idea was implemented in teaching and learning, how it was brought to life, and how it impacted learners.
  • The name of the nominee(s) and the context for their learning innovation idea i.e., college, home, work, etc as well as the name and contact details of the nominator should be included and submitted with the nomination.
  • Nominations must be for a specific work/project/idea, rather than for an individual person.

Evaluation process

  • On receipt of nominations, all nominations will be reviewed by a short-listing committee, and a short-list of candidates will be selected to present their idea as part of an Award session at the EdTech 2013 Conference in UCC on 30 May.
  • Based on their review of the submission, members of the short-listing committee will each award marks under the following headings for submissions:
  1. What was the innovative idea and how was it innovative? (10 points/50%)
  2. What was the rationale for the idea? (5 points/25%)
  3. The creativity and quality of the submission (5 points/25%)
  • Please note that the presentation must be effective in capturing your idea, to give you the best opportunity of reaching the Award final.
  • The 2013 Award final is different to those of previous years. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a short five minute presentation of their submission as part of the 2013 EdTech conference. This presentation session will be followed by a ten minute Question and Answer session with the audience. On completion of the presentations, the audience will vote for the innovation that they feel should win the 2013 Award. If it is not possible for the innovator to present on the day, an option to link in by video-conference might be considered.
  • The 150-word briefing abstract for each short-listed nomination will be made available prior to the final judging panel event.

Award Activities

  • The final judging event will take place on 30th May in UCC, and the award will be presented at the EdTech Conference dinner.
  • The winner must be present to accept their award.

How to submit:

  • Email jenniferburkeaward@gmail.com with your nomination as a PowerPoint attachment, along with, if applicable, a link to your submission on the web.
  • You should receive an email confirmation of reciept of your submission within 48 hours of submitting your nomination.


  • Nominations to be submitted by 20th May 2013
  • Shortlisted applicants to be notified by 24th May 2013
  • Final judging event to take place on 30th May 2013 in University College Cork

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