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Roger Mills Prize for Innovation in Learning and Teaching


Winners of the 2023 Roger Mills Prize for Innovation in Learning and Teaching were announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 28 March during the annual Centre for Online and Distance Education conference on  Research in Distance Education (RIDE) at Senate House, London.Seven applications were received:Development of computational thinking skills on Codio learning platform on MSc Computer Science programme – Larissa Grice on behalf of the team at Birkbeck and University of LondonMaking it personal: Embedding the elements of lecturer’s identity into module design as a method of student engagement - Eranova Mariya, RHULEnhancing access by distance learning students to academic content: OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO).  – Sandra Tury, University of LondonTeam Based Learning in Psychology – from online to hybrid approaches – James Findon, Francesca Cotier, KCLEnabling climate action through online pedagogy – Tom Tanner, SOASInnovative Integration in the BSc Psychology – Anna Armstrong on behalf of the team at KCL and University of LondonSupporting Students through Learning Mentor Groups on the Infectious Diseases MSc Programme at LSHTM – Anita Skinner, LSHTM The 2023 winning application is ’Team Based Learning in Psychology – from online to hybrid approaches’, submitted by James Findon and Francesca Cotier, King’s College London.

Roger Mills award winners receiving their awards

The panel noted: A compelling, helpful and well-articulated entry. The judges were impressed by the entry's practical pedagogical reasoning and results. As Team Based Learning brings its own great potential and difficulties, this entry offers a strong example for others of how it can be used effectively.

Members of the judging panel were Prof Mary Stiasny OBE, PVC (International, Learning and Teaching), Samantha Ahern (CODE Fellow), Leonard Houx (CODE Fellow), Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper, Chair, Director of Academic Practice, Director of CODE.
Panel members were impressed by the quality of each of the applications. Each project is clearly focussed on enhancing student learning and reported on innovation in digital education and impact. Strengths demonstrated including teams taking a scholarly and rigorous approach to enhancement and utilising digital approaches to student engagement. The range of activity undertaken was substantial and speaks to the innovation taking place across the University of London Federation.
The prize, sponsored by University of London Worldwide, is named in memory of Roger Mills, a long-standing and well-loved former Fellow of the Centre for Online and Distance Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Open University. Roger made a major contribution to the support of innovation in learning and teaching in the University of London through his contribution to projects and academic policy development. This prize commemorates his contribution.