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Call for volunteers to judge AITD's Excellence Awards

Experienced L&D professionals wanted to assess awards applications

Released: 8 June 2017

We are calling for expressions of interest for subject matter experts who are keen to volunteer their time to participate in the AITD Excellence Awards program as judges.

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 recognise 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 2017 there are six award categories that require volunteer judges:

  1. Best Use of Learning Technology
  2. Best Implementation of a Blended Learning Solution
  3. Best Use of Social/Collaborative Learning
  4. Best Talent Development Program
  5. Best Use of Gamification/Simulation in Learning
  6. Best Learning Organisation

For more information about the Awards, please visit the Awards webpage.

About Awards Judging

Applicants submit their nominations via an online awards platform by the closing date of 28 July 2018.

Nominations 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 award 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 nomination.

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 2017. 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 financial 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? 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. However, we do recognise the involvement of our judges through other measures, such as discount tickets to the Gala Awards Ceremony and digital badges for contributions to the profession.

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 14 July 2017.

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Learning Technology
Blended Learning
Social/Collaborative Learning
Talent Development Program
Gamification/Simulation in Learning
Learning Organisation


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