We are very excited to announce the winners of the 2016 ACODE and Pearson Awards for Technology Enhanced Learning. We received an unprecedented number of entries, all of a very high standard, which was a great demonstration of the work being done by educators around Australasia to help learner’s achieve their goals.

Judges were unable to separate the following 2 entries, and so decided to award them as joint winners.  The judging panel also had several honourable mentions, which they would like to recognise for their outstanding efforts.


Huge congratulations to our joint winners:

University of Southern Queensland, Associate Professor Helen Farley and colleagues

The Connecting4Success project addresses an important need -  that of access to education in a modern world for students unable to access the Internet. The judges noted the positive social impact of this project and the clear opportunity to replicate it in a variety of other important contexts. The project addresses the full range of services needed to support modern learning and has clearly had a positive impact on student outcomes in the Queensland correctional system.


Kickstart student transition system
Macquarie University, Dr Yvonne Breyer and colleagues

The Kickstart student transition system addresses an important need for all students and universities, facilitating the transition into university study and helping students prepare themselves for their courses. A range of technologies are used to provide a welcoming and supportive introduction for students. This project has already stimulated other universities to create similar resources for their students. The judges commended the team for creating an interesting and well thought out program which addressed a very real need.


Honourable Mentions

These three projects were also judged highly and are commended for the quality of their work.


REVIEW: Software to improve assessment
University of Technology Sydney, Dr Darrall Gene Thompson

The REVIEW tool has been successfully used in multiple universities to help align assessments with graduate attributes and to support reporting for AACSB accreditation and other quality management purposes. This project was commended by the judges for the successful commercial implementation and impact.


H5P* LTI Integration: A Recipe for Success
Victoria University, Mike Sturmey, Dr Suneeti Rekhari, Dr Sonia Wilkie

Described by the judges as a well thought out solution, this ‘recipe for success’ is already being replicated in multiple universities and on multiple learning management systems. The project has helped create an effective model for integrating learning activities simply and should help academics and support staff introduce a wide range of interactive activities into many courses easily.


Quitch mobile learning platform
Swinburne University of Technology, Dr Grainne Oates

A system for deploying gamified learning to students on a variety of mobile devices, this project was commended for the scale of the system and its positive impact on student outcomes and retention.