The ISDDE Awards
for Design in Education
The Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Trust funds two different awards for design for education in mathematics, science or technology. The Trust has asked ISDDE, as the acknowledged leader in this field, to undertake the selection process for these awards.
The ISDDE Prize of US$5,000 for well documented excellence in STEM design.
- “The Eddie” is awarded to an individual or a team either for a single ‘product’, or for work over a period of years, that has demonstrated excellence in design for education in mathematics, science or technology.
- In judging nominations for The ISDDE Prize the judges will seek excellence in the art and science of design in education. The overriding criterion will be recognition of excellence by a wide range of designers and users.
The Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Awards for aspiring educational designers.
- These awards, of US$1000, aim to support the work of aspiring educational designers who have demonstrated evidence of promise.
The Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Awards for Aspiring Educational Designers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics
This annual award exists to provide sums of US$1000 to encourage the work of aspiring educational designers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics who have demonstrated promise. The award will contribute to the development of a new product focused on supporting learners from marginalized communities and/or their teachers. For example, this could be a resource that supports a few hours of student learning, a brief assessment, or a professional development workshop.
In addition to the money, awardees will receive a certificate and recognition at the annual International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE) conference. Awardees will be asked to provide a progress report one year after the award and are encouraged also to write a short article either for the ISDDE website or for the Educational Designer journal, as appropriate.
Applications should be made on the online form (link at the bottom of this page). All applications must be supported by a nominator, who may be a Fellow or a friend of ISDDE or someone from the education design community more widely.
The application will include:
- the name of the aspiring designer and a brief history [1 paragraph];
- a brief example from their existing work and how it has been used [1 paragraph plus optional attachment or link to the existing work]
- a brief outline of the proposed product, which may be part of an already-planned development or may have been stimulated in response to the award, and how it will support learners from marginalized communities and/or their teachers;
- a nominator statement, including their name and affiliation and describing why they believe in the aspiring designer and the proposed product.
The prize is open to aspiring designers located anywhere in the world. The materials may be in any language, but nominations must be presented in English. The identities and contact details of the aspiring designer and the nominator will be circulated to the judging panel, the Awards Committee, but otherwise treated with professional discretion.
The Awards Committee members are:
- Colin Foster, Loughborough University, UK (committee chair)
- Lauren Brodsky, University of California, Berkeley
- Nellie Mbano, University of Malawi
- Kristen Tripet, Australian Academy of Science
Key decision criteria are:
- potential to achieve the specific goals of the designed work in ways that are beneficial, particularly to marginalized communities;
- well-informed approaches to design, as shown in past and planned work;
- the potential for surprise and delight – as in all good art.
**Applications may be made at any time via the form HERE.
**Decisions will be made annually, with a closing date of 31 January, and announced in March.
The ISDDE Prize for Excellence in Design for STEM Education
“The Eddie” is awarded to an individual or a team either for a single ‘product’, or for work over a period of years, that has demonstrated excellence in design for education in mathematics, science or technology.
Judgment will be informed by evidence, formal or informal, of:
- Aspects of design that have moved the field of mathematics and/or science education, and educational design forward
- Achievement of specific goals for improved outcomes with potentially unanticipated outcomes related to transformative effects
- Systematic design, development, and research through trials with people representative of well-identified target groups of users
- Surprise and delight – as in all good art
The overriding criterion will be recognition of excellence by a wide range of designers and users.
- Nominations are solicited from Fellows, friends of ISDDE and the education design community more widely. Nominators should not be associated with the design or designer in a professional capacity (for example, from the same institution). Whilst there will be an annual call for nominations they can be accepted at any time.
- The initial nomination should identify the work and describe what it is, what it does and for whom.
- A separate paragraph should explain why the person(s) nominating the nominated person admires the work.
- This initial nomination should be no more than two pages in length. Nominees are expected to contribute to both initial and final cases.
- Nominators will be notified within four weeks of their submission if their nominee is recommended to proceed to full submission.
For those nominations which the prize committee thinks likely contenders for the Prize, the nominator will be invited to prepare a more detailed case including:
- A case for the excellence of the work covering the criteria for the prize, together with an outline of the goals that the work aimed to achieve and how these were met
- A portfolio of examples from the work in question
- Supporting letters from users and others
As with good design, concise cases will normally have more impact.
The prize is open to designers and the work of designers of all nationalities and materials in any language, but nominations, cases and supporting letters should be presented in English. The identities and contact details of nominators and referees will be treated with professional discretion, but will be circulated amongst the judging panel, the Awards Committee, but otherwise treated with professional discretion.
The Prize Committee membership is drawn from the Executive Committee of ISDDE. The prize committee will award the prize annually with the winner being selected from those full submissions that are held on file. If a submission has been held for a substantial period, the prize committee may ask the nominator to update the submission as part of its annual deliberations in the award process.
Announcement of the award will be made at the ISDDE annual conference.
The Prize Committee will be chaired by Geoff Wake
See: http://www.isdde.org/isdde/prize for more information.
- 2024: Pete Wright
- 2023: Patrick Iroanya
- 2022: Sofia Tancredi
- 2021: Charles Lovitt
- 2020: Joseph Krajcik
- 2020: Daniel Pead
- 2018: Nick Jackiw
- 2017: Kaye Stacey and Zalman Usiskin
- 2016: Uri Wilensky
- 2015: Solomon Garfunkel
- 2014: Christine Cunningham
- 2013: Hugh Burkhardt
- 2012: Jacqueline Barber
- 2011: Jan de Lange
- 2010: Michal Yerushalmy
- 2009: Paul Black
- 2008: Malcolm Swan, Glenda Lappan, Betty Phillips