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Roger Mills Prize 2024 winners

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The Roger Mills Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, sponsored by Ƶ, is named in memory of Roger Mills, longstanding and well-loved former Fellow of the Centre for Online and Distance Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Open University.

Roger made a major contribution to the support of innovation in learning and teaching in the Ƶ through his contribution to projects and academic policy development. This prize commemorates his contribution. This years’ winners were announced at our 18th annual Research in Distance Education conference on Thursday 14 March in Beveridge Hall, Senate House, by Prof Mary Stiasny.

Further information about CODE awards for teaching and learning.

Our 2024 winning application is ‘Fostering Students’ Personal, Career and Professional Development through Delivery of an Online Mentorship Programme’, submitted by Etheldreda Mbivnjoand Juliana Yartey Enoson behalf of the teams at Ƶ School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Ghana School of Public Health.

The panel noted: This is an impactful transnational project that demonstrates effective innovation in online/distance education and supports highly individualised student support through a robust framework for mentoring at a distance. There is clear evidence of impact and the detail provided in the application supports the transferability of this work.

This year six applications were received:

  • Innovating digital and transnational pedagogy in digital health – co-creation of an online programme between UK and Egypt – Chie Adachi on behalf of the teams at Queen Mary Ƶ and Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (Joint runner up)
  • Fostering Students’ Personal, Career and Professional Development through Delivery of an Online Mentorship Programme - Etheldreda Mbivnjo and Juliana Yartey Enoson behalf of the teams at Ƶ School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Ghana School of Public Health (Winner)
  • MSc in Cyber Security programme - Fauzia Idrees Abro on behalf of the teams at Royal Holloway and at Ƶ (Commended)
  • Digital learning for Renaissance languages and palaeography - Matthew Coneys & Lucy Nicholas, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, Ƶ
  • Blended Learning in Graduate Entry Medicine - Pedro Elston on behalf of the team at Queen Mary Ƶ (Commended)
  • AI-powered content optimisation for student success and federation member enablement - Sarah Eden on behalf of the teams at the Ƶ and Goldsmiths, Ƶ (Joint runner up)

Members of the judging panel were Prof Mary Stiasny OBE, PVC (International, Learning and Teaching), Prof Alan Parkinson CODE Fellow, UCL, Dr Shoshi Ish-Horowicz CODE Fellow, QMUL, Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper, Chair, Director of Academic Practice, Director of CODE, Ƶ.

Panel members were impressed by the quality of each of the applications. Each project demonstrates pedagogical and learning design innovation that is clearly focussed on enhancing student experiences and outcomes. Strengths demonstrated included highly effective partnership approaches to development, teams taking a scholarly and rigorous approach to enhancement and utilising effective digital approaches to student engagement. We were pleased to see a strong emphasis on inclusive practice and on contextualisation for the learner. The range of activity undertaken was substantial and speaks to the innovation taking place across the Ƶ Federation.