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AITD Excellence Awards 2018 - CALL FOR JUDGES

We need your expertise!

Released: 2 July 2018

If you are a subject matter expert who is keen to volunteer your time to participate in our annual Excellence Awards program as a judge, AITD would love to hear from you!

Judging the Excellence Awards is a great way to give back to your profession and see first-hand the innovations that are happening in learning and organisational development. Judges are also instrumental in making recommendations to improve our awards each year, maintaining the high calibre of AITD's awards program.


About the Excellence Awards

Since 2002, the AITD Excellence Awards have recognised achievement in training, learning and organisational development. These awards celebrate and acknowledge those who have made a significant contribution to the profession through innovative learning initiatives.

In 2018 there are ten award categories that require volunteer judges:

  1. Best Implementation of a Blended Learning Solution (Large Enterprise)
  2. Best Implementation of a Blended Learning Solution (Small Enterprise)
  3. Best Use of Gamification/Simulation for Learning
  4. Best Use of Social/Collaborative Learning
  5. Best Leadership Development Program
  6. Best Women in Leadership Development Program
  7. Best Diversity and Culture Program
  8. Best eLearning Program
  9. Best Onboarding/Induction Program
  10. Best Program for Sales Training Performance

The Judging Process

Applicants submit their entries via an online awards platform by the closing date of Friday 3 August 2018. All entries are initially screened by AITD staff to ensure the applications are complete and all eligibility requirements are met.

Judges are then assigned to a category, based on their subject matter expertise. Comprehensive checks are made to ensure there are no conflicts of interest between the judges and the nominees. Confidentiality agreements are signed by all judges prior to accessing the awards materials.

Each category is assigned a panel of 3-5 judges depending on the volume of applications. The judges will independently assess applications via the online awards portal and provide feedback on each entry.

Once the panel has reviewed all the applications assigned to them, the judges will participate in a virtual meeting(s) to discuss the applications and form a consensus on the finalists, highly commended and winners.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time is required to judge the awards? While it depends on the volume of applications for each category, we estimate that it may take approximately 20 hours over the course of five weeks from August to mid September 2018. This includes time to review the submissions, assess all the nominations and form a consensus among the judging panel. However, as judging will take place online via the AITD awards portal, judges do not need to travel to meet face-to-face.

Do I have to be an AITD member to volunteer? We are looking for subject matter experts who can objectively assess nominations and have a good understanding of contemporary best practice in the chosen category. Current AITD members are highly encouraged to apply; however, volunteers are not required to be members.

If I want to be a judge, can I still enter the awards? No. AITD ensures there are no conflicts of interest between judges and nominees. Therefore, you are unable to participate as a judge if you are involved in a nominated learning initiative.

Am I able to judge more than one category? We recommend that volunteers only participate in judging one award category per season due to the time involved in assessing the nominations. We prefer our judges to focus on one category.

Can I promote that I am an awards judge? No. AITD awards judges are anonymous to protect the integrity of the judging process. You are not able to promote your involvement in the judging process and are required to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements.

Do I get paid for judging these awards? No, our awards judges are volunteers and are not remunerated.

Express Interest in Judging

To offer your time and expertise to judge the AITD Excellence Awards please fill out this short expression of interest form. AITD will review expressions of interest and may seek additional information. Expressions of interest close 27 July 2018.

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Blended Learning Solution (Large Enterprise)
Blended Learning Solution (Small Enterprise)
Gamification/Simulation for Learning
Social/Collaborative Learning
Leadership Development Program
Women in Leadership Development Program
Diversity and Culture Program
eLearning Program
Onboarding/Induction Program
Sales Training Performance Program

Learn more about AITD Excellence Awards

  • Guild (from May 2018)
  • Writers Wanted