ICDE Prizes for Innovation and Best Practice 2015

At the closing ceremony of the 26th ICDE World Conference at Sun City in South Africa on 16 October, five papers were awarded the ICDE Prize for Innovation and Best Practice in Open, Distance, Flexible, Online Education and E-learning.

The five papers were selected by the Open Praxis Editorial Board, and they was published in the Vol 7, No 4 (2015) of Open Praxis. 

The five awarded papers were:

Challenges to the Doctoral Journey: a Case of Female Doctoral Students from Ethiopia 

Author: Asamenew Demessie Bireda

The Editorial Board highlighted the qualitative approach of this paper, which identifies students' concerns and provides insight for organizing student support services.

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Growth and Development of Distance Education in India and China: A Study on Policy Perspectives
Authors: Ashok Gaba & Wei Li

The Editorial Board valued the comparative approach to the development of open and distance education in the two most populated countries, including mentions to recent trends in the field.

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Recognising Informal Elearning with Digital Badging: Evidence for a Sustainable Business Model
Author: Patrina Law

The Editorial Board valued the originality of this paper, which presents good research in an innovative area.

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From OER to OEP: Shifting Practitioner Perspectives and Practices with Innovative Learning Experience Design
Authors: Shironica P. Karunanayaka; Som Naidu; J.C.N. Rajendra & H.U.W. Ratnayake

The Editorial Board valued the scholarly nature of this paper and its significance in the field, as it provides an important best practice that will inspire others.

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Validating Student Satisfaction Related to Persistence, Academic Performance, Retention, and Career Advancement within ODL Perspectives
Author: Maximus Gorky Sembiring

The Editorial Board valued the relevant aspects fro open and distance education that this papers puts in focus and its practical outcomes and implications.