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Award Categories 2014

The Learning on Screen Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research.Learning on Screen Awards

Why should you enter?

  • showcase your work
  • gain recognition for your productions
  • raise your profile
  • network with industry and education professionals
  • win a 12 month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud (winners of the Student Production Awards only).

The Learning on Screen Awards 2014 is now closed to entries. Nominations will be announced at midday on Monday 17 February 2014.

AWARD CATEGORIES 2014

This year the Award Categories have been revised and updated to reflect the growing innovations in delivery methods and production.

Broadcast Production

Productions transmitted via any broadcast channel in the UK or beyond. This typically includes all medium to large-scale productions, broadcast to any audience size.

Entries via this delivery platform may come under one of two categories:

1. General Education This category is for general factual and documentary productions that are judged to be valuable for use in learning either formally or informally. Such content may be broad and intended to enrich learner understanding – particularly in the context of life-long learning. Alternatively it might be content suitable for exploration and use by those with a specialist interest or ‘need to know’.

2. Courseware & Curriculum This category is intended for productions created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. It may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils or trainees in any field.

Non-Broadcast Delivery

Content that has not been broadcast, but has been distributed to viewers or users via any other delivery platform both online and offline. This should include content produced by museums, libraries, publishers, galleries, charities, education institutions, broadcasters or any other organisation or individual creating educational productions or multimedia resources.

Entrants can enter productions, delivered either offline in physical format (e.g. DVD) or online format (YouTube, Vimeo, own website, etc) in one of two categories and educational multimedia productions (e.g. websites, vodcasts and Apps) in a dedicated category:

1. General Education This category is for general factual and documentary productions that are judged to be valuable for use in learning either formally or informally. Such content may be broad and intended to enrich learner understanding – particularly in the context of life-long learning. Alternatively it might be content suitable for exploration and use by those with a specialist interest or ‘need to know’.

2. Courseware & Curriculum This category is intended for productions created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. It may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils or trainees in any field.

3. Educational Multimedia This category is intended for any multimedia content that has been created to educate a general or specific target audience. Types of delivery platform may include, but are not limited to:

  • full interactive websites or internet resources (where text and other elements support the moving image)
  • intranet or closed online websites (e.g. resources delivered by VLEs where text and other elements support the moving image)
  • podcasts or vodcasts
  • games, Apps or other handheld device resources that incorporate moving image.

(Please note: linear productions which are merely hosted online should not be entered into this category, but should be entered into either General Education or Courseware & Curriculum)

In-House Production

Productions created by an individual, team or unit that is permanently employed by a qualifying education institution (either HEI, FEI or school). Staff from the institution should have produced the entry. Some technical contributions, such as camerawork or editing, may have been outsourced, but an in-house team must have led the work.

Entries via this delivery platform may come under one of two categories:

1. Courseware & Curriculum This category is intended for film productions created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. It may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils or trainees in any field. Entries to this category will be judged primarily on the educational merits of the production.

2. General (non-educational) This category is for general film productions produced by a qualifying education institution (either HEI, FEI or school), but where the content is not subject-related, e.g. information sharing, ‘How to…’ guides, induction and recruitment videos, etc. The productions must have been produced by an in-house department (e.g. Student Services, Marketing, etc), team or individual. Entries to this category will be judged primarily on creativity and the effective outcomes against stated objectives.

Student Production Awards

Outstanding productions, on any theme, made by students as part of a course or training activity. The productions offered may be linear drama, factual, advertising or animation films – or they may be non-linear interactive works of any sort. Entries should be delivered in video format either online (YouTube, Vimeo, website, etc) or offline (DVD). Student entries are not judged on education merit, although where there are specific educational objectives in the content, such entries will also qualify to be considered in other award categories.

Entries to the Student Production Awards may come under one of three categories:

1. Undergraduate and Further Education e.g. first Degrees, Higher National Diplomas, ‘A’ Level, GNVQs. Any type of production can be entered into this category, except documentary films.

2. Postgraduate e.g. MA, MSc, MRes, PhD, etc. Any type of production can be entered into this category, except documentary films.

3.  Documentary – a factual documentary production produced by a student studying towards any post-compulsory education qualification (e.g. FE, UG or PG). Entries can follow a traditional documentary format or personal journey through the course of study (e.g. a film produced as part of a PhD thesis).

The winner of each category will receive a 12 month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Special Jury Award

The judges may make a special award to an organisation, programme or interactive production deserving of special recognition and not necessarily cited under another category.

Premier Award

All nominated entries are automatically eligible for consideration for this award, which is presented to an outstanding production that most effectively meets its objectives.

Qualifying Period and Closing Date

Productions or resources entered must have been completed and/or broadcast during the period 1st October 2012 and 31st October 2013.

Download the Terms & Conditions here

Winners from the Learning on Screen Awards 2013 can be viewed here.