CDE Awards

The Centre for Distance Education provides funding, through an annual funding round to support research activities in the University of London and member institutions and for awards for student achievements.

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Teaching and Research Awards

About the awards

Our Teaching and Research Awards (TRAs) are aimed at supporting original pedagogic research studies that can provide evidence for innovative and effective practice in distance, on-line and technology-enhanced learning, teaching and assessment.

TRAs provide support for research activities that enhance knowledge about, and methods of implementing, distance learning and teaching. They are open to staff throughout the University of London Federation and to CDE Fellows. TRAs have a value of up to £5000.

Successful Teaching and Research Award studies comprise original enquiries that will advance knowledge and improve the student experience in the field of distance and flexible learning and are normally followed by publication.

2019/20

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2019/20: 

Team members Member institution Project

Liz Wilkinson 

The Careers Group, University of London Evaluating the learning design of a career learning online micro-module, focusing on the impact of ipsative assessment, self-evaluation and self-reflection in increasing learning gain and depth.

Tierney Kinnison
Claire Vinten
Ruth Serlin
Ayona Silva-Fletcher

Royal Veterinary College

Is there a difference in student experience and learning on the PGCert VetEd when comparing blended and online only delivery models?

Alan Tait
Gwyneth Hughes
Centre for Distance Education;
UCL
Evaluating reforms in assessment practices in University of London Transnational programmes 
Oscar Mwaanga
Reetu Kansal
University of London Worldwide Decolonising University of London Worldwide Curricula and Pedagogies: Towards a ‘Collaborative’ and ‘Transformational’ model for Decolonisation

2018/19

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2018/19: 

Team members Member institution Project

Alberto Asquer

Dr Inna Krachkovskaya

 

SOAS Using chatbots to improve student progression and achievements in distance learning

Jennie Golding

UCL Institute of Edication

METEA (Mathematics Education to Empower Africa) teacher educator development

Project report

Dr Dionisia Tzavara

Dr Ioannis Gkliatkis

Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos

University of Liverpool

University of Hertfordshire

University of London

Exploring students' perceptions about the effectiveness of simulation games in Business and Management Education

Justin O'Brien

Dr Alex Reppel

Royal Holloway, University of London "Can a multi-media, Moodle based critical analysis skills intervention encourage final year undergraduates to engage more deeply with the University of London library's digital learning resources?"

2017/18

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2017/18:

Team members Member institution Project

Dr Anna Foss

Rebecca French

Jenny Fogarty

Alexandra Conseil

London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine 

Development of a Virtual Peer Mentorship Scheme for Public Health MSc Students Undertaking a Research Project via Distance Learning

Interim summary report

Daksha Patel

Atrid Leck

London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine  Assessment of Value Creation from MOOC Based Learning Towards Global Elimination of Trachoma 2020 (GET 2020)

Dr Kathleen O’Reilly

Anne Tholen

Jenny Fogarty

Dr Anna Foss

Professor Graham Medley

London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine Supporting Distance Learning Students’ Needs when Learning 'Quantitative Skills; Application to Modelling the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Dr Myrrh Domingo

Dr Amos Paran

Dr Andrea Révész

Alessandra Palange

UCL Institute of Education (IoE)

Exploring factors that influence the impact of MOOC learning on participants’ professional practice

2015/16

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2015/16: 

Team members Member institution Project

Stylianos Hatzipanagos 

King's College London Designing Peer Formative Assessment with 
Open Badges in Online Learning Environments

Tim Neuman

University College London

Next generation blended learning

Sally Parsley London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Exploring the use of text mining to support effective social learning in an international, open, online course
Lee-Ann Sequeira London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Formative Multiple-choice Questions: how can technology-enhanced learning to be used to promote deep learning among distance learners?

The Roger Mills Awards for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

About the awards

The Roger Mills Award for innovation in learning and teaching is awarded each year to the best completed University of London project related to distance education and e-learning. It is open to members of staff of all kinds throughout the University of London and its constituent institutions.

2020 Applications

Submitted by Institution Topic

Laura Brammar
(Joint winner) 

University of London Careers Group Developing a blended programme of online careers and employability support.

Anna Foss

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Development, evaluation and transfer of an innovative alumni-peer mentorship scheme for MSc students undertaking a research project via distance learning.

Simon Katan
Edward Anstead
Goldsmiths Facilitating coding practice in the context of online teaching.
Gwyneth Hughes
(Joint winner)
Centre for Distance Education, University of London Designing and running a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert.) in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

2019 Applications

Submitted by Institution Title
Anna Foss London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine  Development of an Innovative Alumni Mentorship Scheme for Public Health MSc Students Undertaking a Research Project via Distance Learning

Nicolas Maple

(Winner)

School of Advanced Study

Students with Diverse Educational Backgrounds: Special Support for Online Learning

 

Gwyneth Hughes UCL Institute of Education (IoE) Design of University of London Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Ros Barber Goldsmiths Innovative Practice: Introduction to Who Wrote Shakespeare, the World's First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Shakespeare Authorship Question
Dimitrios Koufopoulos University of London Global MBA Programme Actions/Initiatives from April 2018 to the end of January 2019 (11 month period)

 

2018 Applications

Submitted by Institution Title
Steve Bond LSE Opening up LSE to EMFSS Students

Sarah Sherman

(Joint winner)

BLE

Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology 

 

Laura Brammar University of London Careers Group Employability Module (PG Cert LTHE)
Helen Xanthaki UCL PG Laws
Duncan Jackson Birkbeck Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management International Programme

Patricia McKellar

(Joint winner)

University of London Laws

Formative Assessment

 

Florian Steinberger Birkbeck Philosophy Programme Seminars
Lynsie Chew UCL Icarus Simulation
Sarah Singer School of Advanced Study Fostering an Online Community of Students and Professionals in the Refugee and Forced Migration Field

 

Student Learning Gain Award

About the award

The Centre for Distance Education Learning Gain Award is for students on the UoL Postgraduate certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.  It is awarded by the Board of Examiners for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education to one participant from the programme in each graduating cohort. Unlike many awards that acknowledge top levels of performance, this prize is awarded to students who demonstrate the most significant improvement in their performance over the course of their study, recognising that some students start much further back in the field than others.

2020 winners

Daniel Linton, Programme Leader (Foundation Year), Point Blank Music School, London.