TEL Award Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  1. Nominees must be current employees at an ACODE member tertiary educational institution in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands).
  2. Nominations must be submitted using the Application Form provided below and on the website, with all details completed.
  3. All nominations must be submitted digitally and fulfil all requirements as outlined on the website.
  4. Nominations must be received no later than 31st August 2024
  5. Prize money must be allocated to a personal development fund, as nominated by the winning individual or team, to further enhance the innovative use of technology at the institution.  Some suggestions include:
    • Payment towards an overseas trip to attend a relevant conference.
    • Funding the development of a teaching program or software.
    • Funding the development of innovative teaching pilots.
    • Funding the development of a ‘new’ project.
    • Payment towards attending an ACODE Conference.
    • Funding the departmental purchase of teaching resources.

Contact us

Further details on the application process for this Award can be obtained by contacting the ACODE secretariat:

2024 Application Kit

What you’ll find in this kit

This application kit has everything you need to complete your submission.

  • Eligibility
  • Application process
  • Selection criteria
  • Selection process
  • Award presentation
  • Use of award funds
  • Application form
  • Applicant checklist
  • Contact us

The award

This award is open to individuals or teams from any Australasian higher education and tertiary education provider employed by an ACODE Member Institution.

The 2024 ACODE Award for Innovation in TEL consists of a plaque and a grant for A$10,000 awarded to the winning team or individual.

The winning nomination will be chosen by the ACODE Awards panel, consisting of ACODE Executive, and well-known experts in learning and teaching.


This award is open to individuals or teams from any Australasian higher education and tertiary education provider employed by an ACODE Member Institution in Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands. 

Applications are welcome from all levels of appointment.

Examples may include:

  • Use of technology to enhance the way students learn
  • Use of technology to support development of teachers and improve pedagogical processes
  • Approaches to developing student/staff digital literacies
  • Tools or approaches to facilitate peer/collaborative learning
  • Innovative use of technology in formative assessment and feedback
  • Innovative use of technology in diverse teaching environments e.g. labs, studios etc
  • Enterprise level implementation of innovative support for TEL

Award presentation

The award will be presented at an upcoming ASCILITE conference in November 2024. The Award will be presented by an ACODE executive, who will briefly outline the purpose of the Award and the winner’s outstanding achievements in innovation in technology enhanced learning.

The winning application will also be disseminated across the ACODE communications channels, including the  ACODE TEL Showcase. 

Award Timing

 1 March 2024 | Nominations Open

  31st August 2024 | Nominations Close

  Nov 2024| Winners Announced & Presentation of Award at the Ascilite Conference

Use of Award funds

In line with the purpose of this Award, the prize money will be provided to the winner’s nominated Institutional account to further develop the winner’s contribution to innovative technology enhanced learning. Some suggestions include:

  • Funding the development of a teaching program or software
  • Funding the development of innovative teaching pilots or trials
  • Funding the development of a teaching project
  • Payment towards an overseas trip to present teaching/learning papers at a relevant technology enhanced learning conference.

Selection Criteria for Nominations


Submissions must include:

1. A completed application form.

2. A link to video of no more than 5 minutes (YouTube or Vimeo preferred).

3. No more than 4 written A4 pages from the nominee addressing the selection criteria below.

4. A ‘biography’ of no more than 50 written words,

5. Additional documentation to support the nomination (max.5 A4 pages)

Supporting documentation required may include:

  • Results of evaluations.
  • Selected teaching materials such as subject or course outlines, contributions to curriculum or program, clinical teaching plans or educational design within the faculty or department, or study guides.

Selection criteria

  1. Capability building & organisational impact – How has your TEL Initiative had substantial impact beyond our own Teaching or individual practice? For example: Discipline, School, College, Department or University-wide change initiatives designed to raise capabilities in resource development or teaching engagement in the online environment.
  2. Sustainability – How might this type of innovation be sustained in dynamic financial environments? For example, how can this type of innovation be easily sustained where staff mobility is a risk? How can the innovation be scaled to meet flux in demand or budget?
  3. Reproducibility – How can this type of innovation be reproduced, re-adapted or replicated to meet demand (yours or other Universities)? For example, application of creative commons licensing, or submission of Learning Objects as OERs, or an initiative that may scale up to a ‘whole of University’ transformation.
  4. Student success – How does this innovation supports Student Success and enhanced Learning outcomes? For example, evidenced attainment of enhanced marks or increased retention via the introduction of a TEL component or initiative.