Judging Criteria

The judges who evaluate entries to the MEDEA Awards recognise the primary role of effective and innovative educational design in the use of media with learners. This means that they will be looking first and foremost for materials and approaches that demonstrate original and successful use of media with learners to achieve clearly defined educational goals, methods and outcomes. The quality of the materials themselves is important as the judges will consider the following criteria, appropriate to the learning context:

  • Pedagogical quality: quality of didactics and of communication. Has the target audience been addressed properly? Is there a clear learning objective? Is it likely that the material will result in good learning? Have the producers used principles of good instructional design or sound pedagogical approaches? Has the context of learning been taken into account? Is there a balance between content and form? In recognition of the importance of pedagogical quality, marks for this criterion have a double weight in the final score for each entry.
  • Use of media: the choice and selection of the type of media, the advantages of the media selected. Is the type of media chosen used appropriately and in an exemplary fashion? Is the creative quality high?
  • Degree of innovation: does this entry stand out from the others? Does it demonstrate extraordinary production values and excellence in terms of its overall production, its originality, the extent to which it demonstrates very good use of limited resources, its engagement of students and/or other staff who are not professionally trained in audiovisual production, its use of cutting edge technology or production practices, its multidisciplinary approach? Are there other reasons either specified by the entrant themselves or very obvious in the judge’s opinion that make this entry stand out?
  • Aesthetic quality: attractiveness of materials. Is the style and design consistent and appropriate for the content, the objectives and the target users? Is the entry appealing and pleasing to look at and to use?
  • Usability and Technical quality: are there possible flaws in the system and/or compatibility issues? Is it necessary to have unrealistic or advanced technical knowledge or resources to be able to use the system? Is it easy to use the application? Is there support, a tutorial, a set of guidelines, the possibility of feedback or help when necessary?

Please read the Terms and conditions for more information regarding your entry.