…choose your categories carefully
We have 17 categories covering all aspects of learning technologies – from innovations, games, learning management systems, compliance, mobile and blended learning, through to the outstanding teams and individuals. Category and criteria information can be found here.
Read the criteria for each category and compare them to your project's strengths. It's possible that your project may fit into more than one category.
…stick to the criteria
All entries are judged solely on the points set out in the criteria. You need to tell a story and convince the judges why your entry should be shortlisted but ensure you use the criteria as the backbone of your submission. The judges cannot shortlist your entry unless you make it clear how it meets each point in the criteria. Using the bullet points set out in each set of criteria as your headings is a good idea.
…. provide proper evidence
Judges will be looking for evidence to back up any key points. This doesn't just mean cost savings, quotes from learners, etc. but also evidence of real business change, such as changes in productivity, happier customers, impact on staff retention. You might also consider sending a concise survey to learners, managers and other stakeholders asking how your piece of learning technologies has changed how they do things.
…. remember the word count
We apply a strict word limit to all entries. This makes it easier and less onerous for you to apply, ensures fairness for all entries and helps the judging panel assess hundreds of submissions.
The maximum allowed is 2,000 words and this includes appendices, PowerPoint slides or other accompanying written information. The word count does not include the 100-word Executive Summary or any brief explanatory text to accompany images (but it must be kept brief).
Remember that if your submission goes over the word limit by more than 10% it won't be judged at all, which would be a shame after all your hard work!
...make appropriate use of visual media
Graphics are great and can really bring a submission alive but can also act as a distraction to the points you are making. If you have entered a design category it's useful for the judges to see a bit of the design/product rather than just writing about it
...check all URLs work properly
Ensure that any links to media, demos, products etc. are free from firewalls, and all necessary user and passwords are supplied with your submission. Also ensure that any links are not too time limited, as judges could be viewing your submission anytime throughout August.
...ensure your submission can be viewed on a range of devices
Keep in mind that the judging panel members may be viewing submissions on a range of devices, so ensure that your submission works on as many devices as possible – it’s tricky to judge something that cannot be accessed properly.
….consider entering again even if you've previously been a winner or been shortlisted
Entries that have won awards, or been shortlisted before may still be eligible, so don’t shy away from defending your crown. There is also no limit to the number of entries you may submit or the number of categories you may enter.
….proof read your submission
Ensure you make good use of a spellchecker and grammar checker and try and get someone else to read it through before you send it to us.