2016 was an outstanding year of awards for OUP—a reflection of the calibre of its products and an ongoing dedication to maintaining high-standard publishing. This year, the Press won 130 major prizes and awards around the world for its academic and educational resources.
The President’s Award for New Technology in English Language Teaching
Say It: Pronunciation from Oxford
Created in partnership with development company Phona, the Say It app improves English pronunciation and fluency using content from the Press’s dictionaries. It allows learners to listen to 30,000 recordings, to record themselves and check their pronunciation against the in-built recordings, and to compare the audio waves visually, enabling them to identify and understand key sounds.
The English Speaking Union’s (ESU) English Language Awards honour innovation in the English Language Teaching sector. Founded in 1918, the ESU is an international educational charity that unites people of different languages around the world through educational programmes and cultural exchanges. Judges commented that the technology behind the Say It voice recognition is impressively accurate and interactive and supports genuine learning outcomes.
2016 George R. Terry Book Award
Trust in a Complex World: Enriching Community
This year, Charles Heckscher’s Trust in a Complex World: Enriching Community was recognized by the prestigious Academy of Management, which awards titles that contribute to the advancement of management theory, conceptualization, and research.
The book covers debates on a range of topics from climate change to inequality, using a blend of general theory and specific cases alongside an exploration of future challenges and potential ways to resolve them.
Trust in a Complex World was recognized for ‘an outstanding contribution to the global advancement of management knowledge’.
Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2016 (EPAAs)
OUP Australia and New Zealand was widely recognized at this year’s EPAAs, with wins across the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary categories, as well as several further commendations. One of the notable awards was the Secondary Outstanding Digital Resource for Oxford Science Teacher obook assess.
obook assess offers interactive digital versions of student books accompanied by an online assessment platform with auto-correcting questions. These are supported by notes, answers, tests, and learning advice for teachers, which enable them to assign work electronically, track progress, and manage results.
The judges commented ‘Oxford Science Teacher obook assess is a deserving winner because of the wealth of student and teacher digital support included. The user experience is clear and intuitive and will help to support learning outcomes and teaching experience.’
It was further noted that both the digital and accompanying print materials were very well blended, and that ‘the book dashboard contains rich, interactive content and allows for teacher and student resources to be accessed at the point of learning’.