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Excellence Awards 2019

About the 2019 Awards

Applications for this year's Excellence Awards opened in February 2019 and closed at 5pm AEST on Friday, 31 May 2019 . Finalists will be announced in August and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on  17 October 2019.

Eligibility and Submission Process

At least one of the project contributors (the applicant) must be a current financial AITD member (either an individual member or a person specifically named on a corporate membership) and the work associated with the submission must have been substantially designed within or for Australasia and have been completed within the last two years. Please note that where a program was designed for a third party, the user/client must give authorisation for the program to be entered in the awards.

The entire submission process is via our online awards portal. We would recommend that you allow plenty of time to register and familiarise yourself with the application form. You can start a submission, save it and make amends as required until the closing date.

Each submission costs $300 (incl. GST). 

Excellence Awards Categories 2019

Best Use of Gamification/Simulation for Learning
This award is presented to an organisation that has used gamification or simulation in a learning initiative to enhance learner experience and contribute to positive organisational performance. The entry should demonstrate how gamification and/or simulation have been used in a learning program to support individual or organisational learning objectives. While innovation in the design and implementation of the gamification/simulation is essential, it is crucial to demonstrate that the gamification/simulation supports learning and is linked to a defined business need.

Best Use of Social/Collaborative Learning
This award is presented to an organisation that has implemented a social or collaborative learning initiative in a workplace to enhance learner experience and contribute to positive organisational performance.The entry should demonstrate how the social/collaborative learning initiative is linked to business strategy and is delivering measurable outcomes for both the learners and the organisation. The submission should also show innovation in the design and implementation of the social/collaborative learning initiative.

Best Onboarding/Induction Program
The entry should demonstrate how the program equips participants to be job-ready. Factors such as innovation, time to readiness and cost effectiveness will also be considered. The submission must include examples of the process, tools and technology used to make onboarding effective.This award is presented to an organisation that demonstrates best practices for onboarding new employees into the organisation.

Best Leadership Development Program
This award is presented to an organisation that has implemented a leadership development program to enhance individual or team performance and contribute to positive organisational performance. The entry should demonstrate the development processes/methodologies/modes of the program and how they contribute to the overall measures of success. The program must demonstrate the direct, measurable impact on individual and organisational performance.

Best Use of Technology for Learning
This award is presented to an organisation that has utilised learning technologies in a workplace learning initiative to enhance learner experience and contribute to positive organisational performance. The entry should demonstrate how technology has been used in a learning initiative to support individual or organisational learning objectives. Examples of technology for learning may include, but is not limited to, hosted learning management systems (LMS), eLearning, mLearning, podcasts and chatbots.

Best Blended Learning Solution
This award is presented to an organisation who can demonstrate excellence and impact by utilising a combination of learning delivery mechanisms, methodologies and modes in a new or existing learning initiative. The entry should focus on how the combination of delivery mechanisms, methodologies and modes has been applied to improve the quality of outcomes for learners or improve the overall effectiveness of the learning initiative, rather than the actual mechanisms themselves. Applicants may define success in implementing a blended learning solution around various measures including: outcomes of the learning initiative, uptake, completion rates, reach, innovation, development and delivery efficiencies, and/or impact on learners.

Best Talent Development Program
This award is presented to an organisation that has implemented a talent development program to enhance individual or team performance and contribute to overall positive organisational performance.The entry should demonstrate how the talent development program has impacted individual, team and organisational performance. Talent development programs may take various forms including, but not limited to, coaching and mentoring programs, career development, talent acquisition, succession management or performance management.

Best Diversity and Inclusion Program
This award is presented to an organisation that demonstrates success in implementing a workplace strategy to improve diversity and engender an inclusive culture which contributes to the organisational vision and outcomes. The entry should demonstrate the processes, methodologies and learning experiences of the diversity and inclusion program and how they contribute to the overall measures of success.

Dr Alastair Rylatt Award for L&D Professional of the Year
This award is presented to an individual AITD member who has made a significant contribution to the learning and development industry over the last 18 months by demonstrating consistently high-quality leadership and sharing skills and knowledge across the wider community.

Winners and Finalists

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