Submit to the 2017 Competition

Submission Deadline: 
Jan. 31, 2017

Sample Submission


Email: Claudia Ocello

EdCom Award for Excellence in Resources

The award for published resources recognizes outstanding resources in print or print/multimedia formats.

Award Criteria

  • Audience Research: Who is the intended audience and how does the product serve them? How does it reflect meaningful research and evaluation results? Were audience members involved in the creation of the product?
  • Best Practices in Education Theory: How have staff and designer worked together to ensure learning takes place? Was the piece successful? Is it pertinent to the institution’s mission?
  • Creativity and Design: Is the product well designed and visually appealing? Is it unique and original? Is it easy to use?

You must be a member of the Alliance and EdCom to be considered for the award.



  • John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Il
    For BubbleHub

    The Shedd Aquarium’s “BubbleHub” is a blended learning model, created for all 135 Guest Engagement volunteers and staff. Alongside in-person training, volunteers utilize the “BubbleHub” online community to access exhibit information, connect to each other and experts and to complete online training modules in the form of digital badging. Staff use this platform to stay connected to volunteers and to track their progress. Judges were impressed with the fact that the Shedd has been able to uniquely address a challenge that continues to plague museums—how to effectively and efficiently train volunteer staff. According to one judge, “BubbleHub” is a resource that “provides many of the necessary tools that the Shedd Aquarium volunteers need to be successful in their interaction with visitors.” 


  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville TN
    for Words and Music Teacher’s Guide for grades 3-6

    Ten lessons rich with multi-media resources helps teachers guide their students through a lyric-writing process. As one judge summarized during the awards presentation, “…this program’s structure amazed us. We agreed that it was not only profound to offer dedicated educational resources with clearly articulated goals, but this program also displayed exemplary community involvement, and presented a polished professional presentation in printed and online formats. We believe the final product is a wonderful, multidisciplinary tool.”


  • “I’m Here” Gallery Guide Series
    Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

    Each of these three visitor guides (I’m here…with kids; I’m here…for the first time; I’m here…on a date) introducing the museum’s collections evolved from known motivations for visiting The Phoenix Art Museum using survey data and the work of John Falk, and on-site behaviors from museum visitor studies. Judges were struck also by the method of content production for these guides, using an innovative education department staff retreat known as a “sprint,” where educators worked intently on one project off-site to complete it in a day’s time. Visitors have commented on them and included them in social media posts and the demand has exceeded their original print run.



  • Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship
    Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC