BELMA participation is up by 10% from last year. Nearly one third of the entries are online courses only, but almost all entries have at least a digital component. Several entries are on the subject of religion and migration with very good materials. The overall quality this year is exceptional. The first evaluation round is almost complete and the shortlisted titles will be announced at the end of July. Then, the jury will meet for 5 days in August to present and discuss each title at length. The winners will be informed well in advance before Frankfurt. In 2016, the Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 19 October at 4 pm in the Education Forum in hall 4.2 at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Meanwhile, the revision of criteria has slowed down a little. The feedback from the first round of experts was very inconclusive, so we need to revise the questionnaire. Consequently, not all of the experts you named have been contacted again but will be in early August.

However, we have already amended the criteria to cater better for the huge number of online entries, making sure that ease of access, UX design, etc are judged accordingly.