MACE awards for UCT MOOC team

28 Nov 2016 - 17:30

A massive congratulations to the MOOC and video team at CILT for their wins at the Marketing and Communication Excellence (MACE) Awards 2016. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday evening, 24 November, in Cape Town. 

CILT submitted the promotional videos created for its two most recent MOOCs, Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion and Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation into the ‘Skills division: Videography: Feature short’ and came out with an Award of Merit for each. 

The MACE Excellence Award “recognises and celebrates excellence and the achievements of specialists and practitioners in marketing, advancement and communication in the higher-education sector.” 

On hearing about the win, Janet Small, course development manager for the MOOCs project commented, “We’re very proud to get the MACE awards for the second year in recognition of our video production team’s excellent short-film making which supports the development of the UCT massive open online courses. The team worked hard to capture and represent the essence of these two socially responsive courses – on social innovation and on inclusive education.  It is rewarding to get positive feedback for their professional and creative educational videos which represent the outcome of a collaboration between the academics, the learning designers and the digital production staff.” 

Nawaal Deane, head of the digital media unit at CILT was elated at the news, praising her team for their hard work and dedication. “The video team is very honoured to win these two awards. It is through the dedication of the academics and MOOC and video teams, who unconditionally give of their time to co-create these MOOC courses to benefit society. The winning promotional videos - covering education for all and social innovation - epitomise the value of free online courses for society at large."

Both MOOCs are community driven and focus on social upliftment. The promotional video for Education for All needs to inspire teachers to take the course so they can learn how to make their classrooms more accessible to learners with disabilities and create awareness around redressing issues of exclusion.The promotional video for Social Innovation needs to convey the message that it is possible to be a changemaker in your own community regardless of your circumstance. 

CILT was not the only CHED faculty winner at the awards ceremony with the Careers Service picking up merit awards for their MyCareer website and Printed Career Guide for students in 2015. 

To read more on the awards please see the CHED website