December 18, 2017, by Emma Thorne
International award for educational technology project
A University of Nottingham project which has developed digital learning tools to help educate healthcare students, professionals and the public has picked up an international award in the ‘Oscars’ of the educational technology world.
The Health E-Learning and Media (HELM) team is based in the School of Health Sciences and aims to provide expertise and support in the development, design, evaluation and research of technological and media-based educational materials and interventions in health.
Current areas of research include the design and reuse of open educational resources, e-learning self-efficacy and adoption, and participative design and the effectiveness of online healthcare interventions.
It was awarded gold in the Digital Content category of Reimagining Education, a prestigious international competition rewarding innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes and employability.
The Digital Content prize recognises projects that, either on a web or mobile learning platform, creates the most compelling, detailed, informative digital content, with an interface and medium designed to support learners everywhere. The winning project demonstrates a clear correlation, if not causal link, between use of this content and improved learning/employability outcomes.
Heather Wharrad, Professor of e-Learning and Health Informatics, and Mike Taylor, a learning technologist from the HELM team, were on hand to receive the award at the conference and award ceremony in Philadelphia.
The project was one of 1040 entries for the awards and received a prize of £5,000 in Amazon promotional web credits.