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  • Wed 18 Nov 2020
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The Class of 2020

The Class of 2020! 

Some amazing achievements in learning technologies were celebrated online on 18 November 2020 and we are thrilled to unveil our 2020 winners! 

The Learning Technologies Awards represent a huge network of talent and ingenuity and we would like to thank all the organisations, teams and individuals, as well as our sponsors, partners and judges, who helped to define this year’s competition.

Best learning technologies project - UK commercial sector

GOLD

Evans Cycles Digital Journey

Evans Cycles

An impressive example of how digital learning can really transform an organisation's overall learning strategy. The team demonstrated that they understood what learners needed to perform better, and also responded swiftly to learner feedback contributing to a learning platform that delivers for all stakeholders. Where appropriate, they collaborated with external brand partners to ensure that a diverse mix of learning content was available. Finally, they made a solid case for how the platform has helped drive improved performance across their retail estate and have plans to develop the platform further to support the organisation moving forward. Overall an outstanding example of how digital learning can really support both people development and business improvement.

SILVER

The Sage Code of Conduct

Sage & Sub10

The innovative approach to the design of learning content, combining emotive design with sentiment analysis, really made this entry stand out. The focus during performance consulting on how learners should act and feel, rather than what they needed to know, was refreshing. The team also demonstrated a technically innovative approach to capturing users' sentiment as they went through the programme.

BRONZE

VIC - your Virtual Interactive Coach

This clever platform uses search and hyperlinking technology, combined with sticky content and frictionless linkages to development goals, to provide a personalised development experience. An especially impressive project given short timelines.

FINALISTS

  • Agile & Me -Desq & Fujitsu
  • Talking Talent Online digital coaching for working parents - Spirax Sarco and Talking Talent

 

Shortlist summaries

Best learning technologies project - international commercial sector

GOLD

KLM Human Factors – ‘Veilig & Vlot’

Bright Alley, Digital Chefs and KLM

This is a well-defined, superbly implemented project that has had a far-reaching impact on the organisation. The project team skilfully got inside the heads and context of their end users and managed to deliver a solution that addressed their attitudes, ways of working and, ultimately, flight safety with laser-sharp precision. From start to finish, this project showcases best practice in learning technology implementation.

SILVER

Culture and Performance Transformation

Squadify and Merck ANZ

Vastly ambitious in scope, this project managed to achieve considerable impact across the organisation by successfully encouraging the most elusive of behaviours: collaboration, autonomy, ownership. With a clear--albeit a very ambitious--goal, it used seemingly simple technology in a powerful way and showcased incredible buy-in and truly brilliant collaboration among project stakeholders. Overall, this project is an inspiring example of the impact intelligent use of technology can have on a business.

BRONZE

Learning Experience Platform to Deliver Role-based Product Training

Origin Learning Inc. and CognitiveScale Inc.

The project showcased a very clear performance need that was met with a well-targeted solution and some of the most thoughtful, creative use of technology. Moreover, its implementation strategy managed to strike a fine balance between rapid development, volume of content and considerable constraints, resulting in significant time and cost savings for the client. Overall, this project is a good example of supporting business goals with learning technology.

FINALISTS

  • Greystar Business School-5App  Greystar and Hemsley Fraser
  • MOL Group and Axonify
  • FrieslandCampina ACE Academy - RMMBR and FrieslandCampina
  • Global Language Training for a Global World - Siemens & Learnlight
  • Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe (Insider Trading) - Swiss Re and SiyonaTech
  • Telenor & Deloitte Belgium

 

Shortlist summaries

Best learning technologies project - UK public/non-profit sector

GOLD

Clinical Digital Transformation – Big Bang!

Dogs Trust & Covetrus

This project was almost textbook, showing that technology application to solve a business-critical problem is more important than the learning technology investment itself. Updating their ancient but clinical system was fundamental to increasing transparency, reducing costs, and improving the data across the organisation.

The programme blended role related learning journeys, performance support, super users and peer to peer support. This was a cross divisional project working with multiple stakeholders. Virtual meet ups were used to capture and address knowledge gaps after the big bang approach and new super user roles were created to support with local expertise. No stone was left unturned and this worthy winner was able to show the fruits of their labour through significant time and cost savings.

SILVER

Computer-based Exam Practice Platform

ACCA

Accountancy students were faced with increasingly complex examinations, so the team wanted to find a solution for their global students to help them improve pass rates. The system created a practice environment that was as close as possible to the environment that the students would face.

This elegant platform used practice questions to prepare students and also encouraged peer to peer review.  It also allowed tutors around the globe to engage with the process following a tiered pathway that built confidence and capability for embedding the platform into their own delivery and support.

The judges loved this clever yet obvious solution to exam practice and suspect this approach may soon become the norm for exam preparation.

BRONZE

ACE-earn your wings for pseudo-pilot training

NATS

This project mapped the modernisation of a traditional learning process aimed at driving down cost whilst increasing the quality of learning outputs. The judges particularly liked the project approach including trainees and trainers and role SMEs. The strong reliance on evidence informed practice ensured a new blend of learning interventions that built confidence and knowledge of the trainees prior to entering the expensive world of the simulator.

This perfect training making it as real as possible was a remarkably simple idea, but making it happen in such a complex world is to be celebrated.

FINALISTS

  • Leadership Learning: Accipio and the College of Policing
  • Coaching Self Analysis - British Canoeing
  • MiLearning: A one-stop shop for all things learning - Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Kineo, Together Co and StoryTagger
  • Agent Training Portal - LearningMate Solutions UK Ltd & Durham University
  • RCoA Lifelong Learning - Royal College of Anaesthetics
  • Business in Practice by WBS and IndustryMasters

 

Shortlist summaries

Best learning technologies project - international public/non-profit sector

GOLD

Seah Yew Chin, Lim See Yew , Ang Chee Hou, Cheok Eng Choon, Ji Jieying, David Hon, Eng Yong Song, Ting Teck Beng, Thong Kah Mun

Institute of Technical Education, Singapore

The Institute’s work on its Living Lab project greatly impressed the judges. Using a range of technology, from machine simulations to digital classrooms, it is delivering on its vision and ambition. The outcomes achieved for both learners and industry were clear to see, and the obvious commitment of the project team to continuously improve and innovate was inspirational. There is much the learning technologies field can learn from this project and Institute, which is why it is a very worthy gold winner.

SILVER

Covid-19 Courses for Health Care and Non-Health Care Professionals

Area9 Lyceum

This COVID-19 project was very noble and worthwhile, and showed off a deeply impressive platform to great effect. The overall design, deployment method, adaptive assessment and content, speed of delivery and coaching elements are all notable, and have major implications for the democratisation of learning.

BRONZE

MOOC "tackling terrorism together"

Secretariat Général de la Défense et de la Sécurité Nationale

A strong entry particularly in design, content and flexibility of approach. While by the project’s own admission, impact beyond quantitative statistics would be hard to prove, its ambition and overall reach was obvious.

FINALISTS

  • EdCast and NASSCOM
  • Learning and Development at Amnesty International - GuyKat and Amnesty International
  • IFPMA Code of Practice - IFPMA and SiyonaTech
  • National AI course - RMMBR

 

Shortlist summaries

Excellence in the design of learning content - UK commercial sector

GOLD

Managing Threats

Asda

An impressive piece of elearning given the brief and the constraints/issues encountered. The key messages came across clearly and the elearning was easy to use. The scenarios were engaging and sufficiently challenging. The judges loved that it had been built in house and the feedback received from employees showed that the learning had really hit home - people using it in the situations detailed in the learning made it clear the messages worked. A worthy gold winner!

FINALISTS

  • Heathrow Rail Engineering competency training - Bundle Training, DaRu Solutions and Heathrow Rail Engineering
  • Co-op and Acteon
  • Agile & Me - Desq & Fujitsu
  • Qualified to Advise - Holland & Barrett
  • Quest 20 Integration for Oil and Gas - SAFER Training

 

Shortlist summaries

Excellence in the design of learning content - international commercial sector

GOLD

OMRON Academy

OMRON Healthcare & TinQwise

This project demonstrated a clean and easy to use design, with clear simple writing, comprehensive, well-structured content and good signposting. The questions were well written and followed best practice guidelines. The solution showed a great amount of research had been done around users’ needs as they were clearly at the heart of its design. Care had been taken to provide an experience that was completely suited to the learning needs and CPD of the audience.

 

SILVER

P&O Data Analytics

Novartis and SiyonaTech

The judges were impressed by the strong learning design with good structure and plenty of meaningful interaction. The design was attractive and engaging without over-engineering any themes used. The layered progression from simple to complex and from knowledge to application through the modules was impressive as it took the learner on an authentic and meaningful journey ending with a case study all about application.

BRONZE

CultureWizard Global Inclusion Course

RW3 CultureWizard

A strong learning design with good structure and plenty of interaction that spoke to the individual learner in a personalised and meaningful way – striking a balance between usability across a potentially varied user base with relevance and specific enough value for all. The content was attractive and engaging and easy to use and revisit. The judges appreciated the thoughtful design and the way it was complemented with other activities to sustain the learning, and the efforts made to translate and localise the content was impressive.

FINALISTS

  • ThinkShield Customer Conversations: An Interactive Experience - Lenovo
  • Discover the exciting world of SEBECO - LYADIS and Groupe SEB
  • The Sage Code of Conduct - Sage & Sub10
  • Bribery: Always the Wrong Choice - Swiss Re and SiyonaTech
  • ILM Flix – Introduction to Records Management - Swiss Re and SiyonaTech
  • Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe (Insider Trading) - Swiss Re and SiyonaTech

 

Shortlist summaries

Excellence in the design of learning content - public/non-profit sector

GOLD

REIN: World of Care Academy

QuaRijn & TinQwise

A brilliant use of mixed modality and external tools to engage the learner, using familiar assets that everyone knows and can relate to. The use of an avatar who felt like a real character was especially engaging and entertaining. A wonderful way to learn and a well-deserved winner.

SILVER

Fire Response: Training to save lives

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

This course was created by two internal staff, one operational, and on a low budget, and was one of the best online courses that the judges have seen. It featured fantastic use of video and great immersive learning experience with high engagement. The use of Google maps was especially brilliant. An absolutely wonderful entry that very narrowly missed out on gold.

BRONZE

Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development (FIELD) Programme

Save the Children UK and World Vision International

This was a very good entry with lots of great information of the background with the learner very much in focus. The judges liked this very much and it is a worth bronze winner.

FINALISTS

  • The School Suite - Best Practice Network
  • International Baccalaureate - Emerald Works and IB
  • Recycle for Greater Manchester - GMCA
  • iDEA
  • Controller of Site Safety (COSS) - Network Rail
  • National AI course - RMMBR
  • MSc Global Finance - The Business School (formerly Cass)
  • Teach2030 - The Commonwealth Education Trust

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of mobile learning

GOLD

A Life in a Day

The Method

A truly inspirational project which has demonstrated a fundamental understanding of the psychological relationship between a user and their mobile device. This is proof that successful mobile learning can be achieved with little technological innovation but instead focusing on the users and the expected outcomes of the project. The thoughtfulness around not only immersing the user into the perspective of their patient audience but also doing related tasks were inspired.  The judges found that it would be all but impossible to deliver the learning experience on anything other than a mobile device, which made this entry stand out as a worthy category winner.

SILVER

StoryShare learn

StoryShare Platform Limited

A great example of mobile learning stepping in to fill the void when big, connected screens are not available in certain geographies. The judges were impressed by the combination of a clear rationale for mobile usage, the understanding of the environment in which the tool will be used (which resulted in increased reach) and a razor-sharp focus on business impact. There was a solid grasp of the potential of mobile to augment performance, experiences and lives and its ability to scale up effectively. 

BRONZE

MyKnowledgeMap & Cuppacare

A great project that demonstrates not only a clear rationale for the use of mobile devices but also an understanding of how mobile devices are used in an effective way and one that helped the developers reach audiences that wouldn't be reached otherwise. They were also very mindful about how users could own their data considering they often work with a number of care homes.

The judges found that it would be all but impossible to deliver the learning experience on anything other than a mobile device, which made this entry stand out.

FINALISTS

  • KLM Human Factors – ‘Veilig & Vlot’ - Bright Alley, Digital Chefs and KLM
  • DriVeSafe - Make Real and Vodafone
  • LEAP Serious Game - RINA Consulting Defence Ltd
  • FrieslandCampina ACE Academy - RMMBR and FrieslandCampina
  • Bronze Medallion - Surf Life Saving NSW and Saffron Interactive
  • Building a Learn-On-The-Go Culture at Dior Perfumes UK & Ireland, with Teach on Mars
  • CAE & Active Reader® - ViaTech Publishing Solutions

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of social and collaborative learning technologies

GOLD

Working with Ten Group to connect their global community through social and collaborative learning technology

Learn Amp

The implementation of this learning platform has clearly raised the bar in this organisation and showed how learning culture can influence business results. The learning was successfully mapped to business objectives, and this was borne out in business results. The autonomy and ability for someone to curate their own learning, contribute to other's learning and take a learning pathway whilst working towards performance goals shows a range of functionality being utilised both socially collaboratively and individually. This initiative helped the organisation become ready for learning during the pandemic.

SILVER

Threat Model Colony

Google and Plum eLearning

An honest review of the in person learning model led to a gamified alternative being developed. This approach enabled the learners to immerse themselves in identifying real life threats and collaboratively finding solutions through a simulation. The impact of the learning approach enabled cross discipline collaboration, blurring the lines between a simulated learning environment and a real-life application.

The judges were impressed at the quality learning solution on offer in such a complex field of work, especially with the speed to deployment and a scalability which was unavailable with the face to face model.

BRONZE

How to Teach Online

FutureLearn

As an emergency response to Covid19, FutureLearn, one of the biggest players in the MOOC space, used their expertise to share online learning knowledge to create a support programme for teachers who were new to the online teaching.

The judges appreciated the presentation structure and flow which expertly showcased the content for learners. The community element of the design, implied by the MOOC format, was helpful for the learners to build a community of practice. The programme featured impressive social participation, particularly the ability to tag learners 'like you' to build local networks and the take up demonstrated significant engagement.

FINALISTS

  • Avon Connect - Avon
  • Babcock DST and Hive Learning
  • Learners as teachers - A thriving global community - DECIEM and THRIVE
  • Lloyds Register and TalenTeam
  • NIHR CRN Advanced Leadership Programme - National Institute for Health Research
  • Speak Up - Sponge and AstraZeneca
  • X2O Media and Virtuoso

 

Shortlist summaries

Best technology-based onboarding programme

GOLD

MetLife Distribution Academy

MetLife and NIIT

The Virtual Induction Experience provides a learning and performance support roadmap targeted at accelerating time to competence and productivity of new Sales Associates, especially those without any prior experience of insurance sales. An outstanding entry that easily met all criteria and is constantly evolving and improving. The judges loved how Metcoins had a reward value associated to their development.

SILVER

HBBA Onboarding

aNewSpring & HBtraining

This entry delivered a very engaging and fun presentation and demonstrated A fresh and considered way of onboarding a particular type of audience which achieved great results. The judges were extremely impressed with how the programme was able to adapt so easily to cater for specific individuals.

BRONZE

Highways Site Induction

Make Real with CITB and BAM Nuttall

This was a brilliant entry that could have scored when more impact data is available. The use of technology was brilliant and really impressed the judges.

FINALISTS

  • Golden Charter Onboarding - Emerald Works and Golden Charter
  • IQVIA Monitoring Performance Training -IQVIA and NIIT
  • Sana Labs
  • High Velocity Onboarding - Veeam Software Group GmbH

 

Shortlist summaries

Most innovative new learning technologies product

GOLD

Talking Talent Online digital coaching for working parents

Talking Talent

The judges loved the deeply ethical approach taken to the design of this coaching tool which made it stand out from the pack. The functionality that was left out of the tool was as important as what was put in. Wonderful to see the Center for Humane Technology soundly referenced in the design process. The judges hope that this is the first of many such digital products where users' wider wellbeing is prioritised above so-called 'engagement' with the app / tool / game / social network. It's a difficult balance to strike in the user-attention arms race, which is the digital space today, but one the judges felt Talking Talent strikes beautifully. 

SILVER

Learnerbly

Learnerbly is a really elegant learning content marketplace which puts personal development into the hands of the person - a radical but entirely logical idea! It simultaneously makes learning more human centred, whilst reducing costs for the employer and simplifying the purchasing of learning content and services. A well-conceived solution to several related problems - It's a win for all parties involved.

BRONZE

Safeguarding VR

BODYSWAPS & Humanitarian Leadership Academy

We see a lot of VR in this category, but few with the emotive impact of Bodyswaps. Building empathy really is a great use of VR and using it to tackle such a sensitive subject (sexual misconduct in charities and NGOs) is highly impactful. Bodyswaps literally puts you in another person's shoes and allows you to see the impact your unconscious body language and tone can have in a sensitive conversation. The judges can see this project doing a lot of good.

FINALISTS

  • Arist
  • BrainBot - Bigger Brains
  • iRIS Health Simulation Authoring - iRIS Health Solutions Ltd
  • OttoLearn Agile Microlearning - Neovation Learning Solutions
  • Gamebrain - The Access Group
  • ViaTech's Active Reader® - ViaTech Publishing Solutions
  • VIC – The coach in your pocket 24/7
  • VR Soft Skills Training - VirtualSpeech
  • X2O Media and Virtuoso

 

Shortlist summaries

Best learning game

GOLD

Alice in Typhoidland

University of Oxford with Discover eLearning and RenderHeads

All of the judges enjoyed this fun learning game aimed at two age groups of children. It was developed to support a physical exhibition that focused on the eradication of Typhoid in Victorian Britain. The judges were particularly impressed with how the whole interpretation experience was thought through with the game playing a key role in engaging with the challenges of improving sanitary conditions. The design and the graphics were beautiful and the game play straightforward with no complex controls to learn. A strong and refreshing entry and one that was extremely topical in today’s Covid challenged world.

SILVER

Threat Model Colony

Google and Plum eLearning

Threat Model Colony is an interesting multiplayer team-based discussion game that is run virtually via a web conferencing platform. Designed to get coding teams to explore threats to code in different categories the game encourages discussion on the threats but also on solutions which it records as part of the game play. Decisions are made and the game then shows how successful a selected set of defences perform in countering the threat. The game approach has clearly improved the attitudes of developers towards security and this entry was high on innovation. This excellent entry came very close to securing the top award.

BRONZE

Hubro Education AS

https://hubro.education/

An impressive, serious business game where there is clearly a lot of learning embedded in the platform. Elements were really well thought through and the tutorials were especially helpful. The turn-based nature was clear and worked well. The fact that teams can compete on the platform also adds interest and engagement.

FINALISTS

  • Barefoot Home Learning - BT and CAS
  • CodeMonkey Studios
  • Humanitarian coaching and mentoring game - Gamoteca and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy
  • LEAP Serious Game - RINA Consulting Defence Ltd
  • steelBusiness - World Steel Association

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of simulations or virtual environments for learning 

GOLD

Controller of Site Safety (COSS)

Network Rail

This submission demonstrated great rigour in the decision to use simulation. That rigour was demonstrable throughout the design process. All the judges were impressed by the quality and authenticity of the VR solution simulating the changing on-track conditions which must be assessed for safety of workers on the track. The judges approved of the application of VR within a blended learner experience. With strong, well presented data meeting all the criteria this submission warranted the top award despite a very strong field of contenders in the category this year.

SILVER

A Life in a Day

The Method

This submission scores top marks for innovation. As a soft skills training programme, it is one of the best the judges have seen. Attention to detail and thorough research underpin an impactful and truly original simulation of the patient experience. Impact was demonstrated across the four criteria (knowledge empathy, confidence and put patient first). A very worthy silver winner.

BRONZE

SAFER Simulations Training

SAFER Training

This use case merited very highly for a clear rationale for the use of simulation. The project team had clearly thought extremely carefully about how to create maximum authenticity in simulating launching a lifeboat from an oil or gas platforms in difficult sea and weather conditions. The solution was genuinely innovative. This innovation extended to the solution being provided in two formats – a physical replica of a lifeboat and ‘desktop’ version which can be boxed and set up on an oil and gas platform.

FINALISTS

  • Arçelik products AR training - Arçelik and DIGITALLICA
  • Safeguarding VR- BODYSWAPS & Humanitarian Leadership Academy
  • VR Aseptic Area simulator in a Pharma environment - GSK
  • An airline industry first: fully integrated life-sized virtual learning program for airline pre-departure inspection - HVK Learning, Wonderment by Design, Th3rd
  • Collaborative Virtual Reality Simulation Learning package for Aircraft Engine Ground Run - Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
  • Affordably Scale Up Ultrasound Training with Virtual Reality - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and eLearning Brothers

 

Shortlist summaries

Best online distance learning programme

GOLD

Business in Practice

WBS and IndustryMasters

WBS have not only transitioned to digital delivery, but they have also started with a blank sheet of paper and thought about how it can transform their existing face-to-face offerings. It is clearly working for them. The attention to detail, and learner-focussed approach of the project is second to none this year. Great support, encouragement/requirement to collaborate and good design made this the winner.

SILVER

Global Online MBA

Imperial College Business School

The judges were impressed with how Imperial College have embraced digital delivery, rather than just trying to replicate their existing face-to-face courses. The live interaction, content and focus on the students shone through.

BRONZE

Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development (FIELD) Programme

Save the Children UK and World Vision International

Superb design of the platform and content. Bright, clean, easy to navigate and reflecting the diversity of the target audience perfectly. The use of user created content to support other learners was great to see. Great collaboration and ingenuity shown to deal with issues thrown up on site.

FINALISTS

  • Generali Compliance Academy - Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.-Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.
  • Boots and Acteon
  • openHPI - Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering GmbH
  • SAP SE
  • Swiss International Hearing Academy and Learning Pool

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of blended learning - UK commercial sector

GOLD

Digital by Design

QA

QA’s Apprenticeship programme has undergone a dynamic transition to a blended learning model for running apprenticeships which now puts the learners firmly in control of their own learning pathway. The judges were impressed with this user-centric design and the enhanced learner support, along with the extensive range of online learning resources and especially the use of online ‘practice and challenge labs’ for competence and confidence building. This, in combination with the well-integrated hands-on activities and project work – all went to achieve greatly improved outcomes and satisfaction levels. Excellent - Well done!

SILVER

Multi-tier transformative blended leadership development experience

Morgan Advanced Materials in partnership with Impact

Morgan Advanced Materials partnered with Impact to create a sophisticated blended leadership programme to support managers and graduates in their role to drive and create the Morgan of the future by linking into real business challenges and corporate goals. The judges were impressed by the innovative use of a rich variety of learning technologies leveraged through an innovative learning app in order to support for example, self-learning, social learning and user generated content – resulting in highly engaged participants able to transfer learning and confidence into positive business outcomes. The use of experiential, challenge-led methodologies and the continual focus on sustainability goals and the SDGs creates an exceptionally forward thinking and effective framework to embed learning and tackle real challenges simultaneously in this blended pathway. Overall – very impressive!

BRONZE

WELEAD

TAOLIN - a platform for continuous leadership development

WeLead is a blended platform for continuous leadership development that is going from strength to strength as it is rolled out across more learning partners. The 'flexibility’ of programme and media to respond to client and learning co-hort needs are inbuilt into the overall design - and the judges were particularly impressed with the use of agile evaluation sprints to enhance the programme in real time, and how these features are enabling the programmes to continually adapt and improve. An inspiring use of a broad range of learning technologies and a systemic approach to meeting client and learning needs. Well done!

FINALISTS

  • Boots and Acteon
  • Commercial Learning Labs by Econsultancy
  • Highways Site Induction - Make Real with CITB and BAM Nuttall

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of blended learning - international commercial sector

GOLD

EssentialTECH & Technology Communities

S&P Global

Innovative, transformational and truly impactful, S&P Global’s modern blended learning programme was a clear demonstration of how to embed learning within a company culture to drive transformation at both the company and the individual level. A true learning organisation, S&P Global shared a culturally mature submission backed up with strong ROI metrics that made them the clear choice for gold. All the judges were inspired and heartened that company learning can make such a huge difference to the individual employee, empowering them to shape their own careers, while at the same time creating clear efficiencies for the business. Just wow!

SILVER

MetLife Distribution Academy

MetLife and NIIT

The most passionately lived presentation, backed up by strong metrics MetLife & NIIT fought hard for their well-deserved silver. An impactful, complex blend with the infrastructure in place to support learner journeys, the programme clearly works with evidence of business impact and ongoing investment provided. Activated managers were key enablers of the programme and transfer of learning into the business well thought through and robust. A powerful programme that fitted the company culture perfectly.

BRONZE

Skills IQ

Swisscom and Area9 Lyceum

With a passionate and clever intro, Swisscom & Area 9 Lyceum had the judges at hello. A clever, data-driven solution built around understanding employees’ competence and metacognition showed a clear understanding of company culture and this awarded them a well-deserved bronze. The programme was learner-centric, used peers as trainers, demonstrated impact on sales performance and had a clear roadmap for the future. The submission proved that a simple twist on the traditional can yield excellent results!

FINALISTS

  • Data Champions - Avado Learning
  • Dell EMC Server New Hire Program - Dell Technologies Education Services
  • Building the Workforce of the Future at MetLife - MetLife and GP Strategies
  • Challenger Sales Integration - Pitney Bowes and NIIT
  • Porsche China and GP Strategies
  • Electrifying' new blended learning model at Honda Europe - Raytheon and Honda Europe
  • Global Language Training for a Global World - Siemens & Learnlight
  • WELEAD - TAOLIN - a platform for continuous leadership development

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of blended learning - public/non-profit sector

GOLD

Bronze Medallion

SLS NSW and Saffron Interactive 

The judges were impressed with the thorough research that had been undertaken on the audience and how the programme had been customised to their needs. An impressive collection of content, thoughtful use of technology and a seamless blend of various methods, appropriately applied throughout the programme, which generated tangible results.

SILVER

REIN: World of Care Academy

QuaRijn & TinQwise

This project was the result of exceptional management of a large number of stakeholders to create a solution that worked well for all of the intended audience. The character that the learning was based around was well thought through and relatable to the learners.  The project utilised a wide variety of media and demonstrated good results, both qualitative and quantitative.

BRONZE

Pseudo-pilot training – a blended solution

NATS

A programme with a good mix of delivery methods that resulted in effective transfer of learning. The judges were impressed with the dramatic redesign of an existing programme delivered through mostly traditional methods, to create a blended solution with appropriate and effective use of technology. Continuous assessment and improvement of the programme played a large part in generating impressive results and provide a good foundation for future developments.

FINALISTS

  • Leadership Learning: Accipio and the College of Policing
  • Clinical Digital Transformation - Dogs Trust & Covetrus
  • MKC Training-
  • Building on the pivot: generating capability in design and delivery of technology enabled learning in response to the global health crisis - University of East London
  • World Food Programme Supervisory Skills - World Food Programme and NIIT

 

Shortlist summaries

Best UK learning platform implementation

GOLD

Simple access to impactful learning

EDF

EDF used an off the shelf learning platform to transform their learning platform implementation. While this is not unique in itself, EDF learnt and then used the platform in a very detailed way to deliver a system that truly reflected data driven learning. Cost savings aside, which were impressive, EDF demonstrated a real knowledge of their employees in how they approached a new system, and how they will continue to deliver this going forward.

SILVER

Employee Engagement Toolkit

Brother UK Ltd

After discovering nothing on the market met their criteria for the system they had in mind, Brother built their learning platform in house and included a 'data first' mindset. The implementation was impressive in that every person in the organisation plays a role in the systems success and it required buy-in from every area of the business. The future looks rosy with a well-thought-out roadmap, and a clear strategy to achieve this.

BRONZE

Citizens Advice Learning Team Docebo Learning Platform Implementation

Citizens Advice and Docebo

Citizens Advice approached this project in a way that engaged key stakeholders and end users from the vey outset. They solicited feedback throughout to inform their decision-making process and ensure the team were making the correct decisions for the organisation, the people and the communities they support on a day to day basis. During the lifetime of the project they didn’t shy away from some big decisions which ultimately led to a hugely successful implementation that has engaged their colleagues across the country.

FINALISTS

  • MyLearning - Co-op
  • My Learning platform implementation - Essex County Council
  • Joskos Digital Educator Platform - Joskos Solutions
  • Transforming the way we learn  - NatWest Group

 

Shortlist summaries

Best international learning platform implementation

GOLD

MOL Group and Axonify

When MOL Group wanted to extend its business into the hospitality industry, they needed a robust and well thought-through implementation to be able to do so. This entry demonstrated excellent focus on business impact with good utilisation of data from both inside and outside of the platform to personalise the learning.  There was a clear approach to engaging front line workers which translated into business impact. 

SILVER

Implementation of learningCloud

Santander México Academy and Netex Knowledge Factory S.A.

Santander Bank’s L&D department Academia MX implemented Netex’s learningCloud in a remarkable way and the judges loved this great looking solution. There was a clear ROI from the business and they also liked that the L&D department promoted learning in fun and engaging ways.

BRONZE

Simplify, Innovate, and Grow Learning Management

ADP

ADP’s learning technology stack implementation simplified eight existing learning systems into one solution. It was obviously a massive implementation that earned huge congratulations from the judges. If it were just about the numbers, they would have won hands down! . There was plenty to like about the simplifications and cost savings that had been made to ensure time and cost savings to the audience.

FINALISTS

  • my.inlingua - inlingua International Ltd
  • Didactic Cyberspace, designed by Prof. Maria Amata Garito - International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, President/Rector: Prof. Maria Amata Garito
  • Semler Group revolutionizes mandatory training through LMS365 and integration with Microsoft 365 - LMS365
  • A modern learning engagement platform for a leading software house - Murex

 

Shortlist summaries

Best use of learning data analytics to impact learner and business performance

GOLD

ClientFit

Deloitte Belgium

This was a very impressive entry for a project both defined by data and evaluated through it, which is exactly what this category exists to celebrate. The judges were particularly impressed that data was used outside of L&D and by the alignment to a robust framework that was mapped to the accountancy process lifecycle. It was also good to see that the project was starting to generate self-awareness for the learners and that there are plans to focus on business impact as part of the next phase. Well done for delivering such an ambitious and well executed project.

SILVER

Cx PASS - People Analytics Support System

ZS Associates & Roche FMI

This was a strong example of a data-driven programme and a great first step in using more data to develop learning interventions. The fact that the approach was blended and included coaching, too, was brilliant. The judges were particularly impressed by the alignment of the learning programme to Roche's existing competency framework and success factors to provide a clear performance standard to train and assess against.

BRONZE

Skills IQ

Swisscom and Area9 Lyceum

The program was designed to solve a business problem and is steadily building results of BTB sales capability improvement. We were particularly impressed with how Swisscom's blended learning programme took a data-driven approach from the start and how both sales and customer satisfaction levels increased.

FINALISTS

  • Area9 Lyceum
  • Using Data to Drive Business Results at MetLife - MetLife and GP Strategies
  • myProteus intelligence and insight
  • The critical role of learning data analytics in our Covid-19 rapid response – PwC

 

Shortlist summaries

Best UK digital transformation of a training programme in response to COVID-19

GOLD

The Power of Technology in Connecting and Supporting the NHS Wales Workforce During Covid-19

Health Education & Improvement Wales

This was a hugely impressive and inspiring response to COVID-19 that enabled the activation of temporary support staff to support the existing workforce when it was needed the most. Not only does the programme demonstrate how effective and lasting digital transformation can be in challenging and rapidly changing circumstances, but it also shows how it can still be implemented with care and best practice to ensure evidence of effectiveness and genuine impact is captured throughout. Well done to winning gold in a massive and hugely competitive category.

SILVER

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

This was an excellent and inspiring project that went above and beyond in the use technology to ensure that students can continue their education and thrive during an extremely difficult period. The judges were particularly impressed by the dedication that was shown to the students, the impressive impact that was achieved, with no students dropping out during lockdown, and how the experience has permanently transformed how the Institute delivers learning.

BRONZE

Kaplan's transformation to digital classrooms

This was an impressive learning digital transformation programme at scale that clearly required a fundamental change to your overall business model. The judges were particularly impressed by how quickly and boldly Kaplan reacted to the pandemic, the ambition and sophistication that was shown in the design of their solution, their thorough support for their customers and learners and the strong evidence of initial business impact that they achieved.

FINALISTS

  • Keeping Bupa care homes safe - Bupa UK and BestAtDigital
  • Changing the future of leadership development - EDF
  • COVID-19 e-learning programme - Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Joskos Digital Educator Programme - Joskos Solutions
  • Contingent Incident Response training - Network Rail
  • Edrington Growth Planning - OxfordSM
  • End of Life Care during Covid-19 - Learning Through Technology - Princess Alice Hospice
  • An unprecedented time for learning & development - Sky and THRIVE
  • Sky and Learning Pool
  • Transforming Remote Learning and Teaching in Pembrokeshire - Spongy Elephant

 

Shortlist summaries

Best international digital transformation of a training programme in response to COVID-19

GOLD

OpenWHO

Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering GmbH

The judges were impressed by the speed and scalability of OpenWHO, the dynamic learning environment created to lead and facilitate a worldwide frontline response to the pandemic now and in the future. Responding to evidence, OpenWHO is constantly updating vital information and functionality as well as aggregating data to create extra value by, for example, predicting and identifying hotspots. A hugely worthy gold winner.

SILVER

Daylan Staude

University of Fort Hare

The judges were blown away with what one person can achieve with so little budget and resource. Overcoming significant challenges including low internet coverage, lack of ICT equipment and poor digital literacy Daylan designed an inspiring programme using an imaginative, well-designed data-friendly blend of videos, WhatsApp and downloadable content to keep his accounting students connected, motivated and achieving their targets purely via their mobile phones. A replicable model and inspiring story.   

BRONZE

Ask Erasmus MC

Xprtise and Erasmus MC

An innovative learning and performance support rapid response to an ever-increasing number of patients in COVID-19 units, Emergency Rooms and ICUs. Leading with a whole new approach and an excellent application of the ‘Five moments of need’ methodology, the team had a frontline solution live within 10 days which enabled nine different key roles to support and treat COVID patients effectively on the ground. It’s been extended to all health professionals in the Netherlands achieving critical impact every day.

FINALISTS

  • COVID-19 English Digital Task Force - British Council
  • CitNOW Academy
  • Precision Thinking - Expression for Growth
  • MetLife Next Horizon Strategy Programme and Experimentation Challenge - MetLife and GP Strategies
  • MetLife Distribution Academy - MetLife and NIIT
  • Ignite FM - Novartis and LIW
  • Digital transformation: The case of an integrated face-to-face business course - The Open University of Hong Kong

 

Shortlist summaries

Learning technologies team of the year

GOLD

Level Up

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

A small team who are really transforming a learning culture not just within their own town. Their hard work, passion and enthusiasm came through, going above and beyond to ensure that no faculty member and no student gets left behind, even during COVID.  Over the course of several years, they’ve upskilled their staff to be able to leverage learning technology to make noticeable improvements, to engagement and academic performance – sharing that knowledge across the sector.

SILVER

Empowering business-owned learning lifecycles at scale

Murex L&D

Another project looking to change a learning culture through the upskilling of key SMEs to develop their own resources in a past paced change environment, using a standardised methodology.  Already has some impressive results.

BRONZE

Defence Technology Enhanced Learning Team

MOD

A team that has transformed  their skillset over the course of the last year (in COVID in particular) to ensure that the standard and volume of development remains for the same for their audiences – even if face to face can’t happen.  Again, they have managed to share this knowledge further to enable others around the business to develop content.

FINALISTS

  • ADP's Learning Technology team
  • Collaborating to Launch a Digital Learning Experience - Medivet and Fuse Universal

 

Shortlist summaries

Learning technologies learning organisation of the year

GOLD

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

Grimsby Institute’s infectious passion and their leading role in revolutionising FE & HE community enabled them to take gold in this category. As innovators in revolutionising digital learning in education, the judges were awed by the way they were using learning technologies to put the human at the heart of learning, and power inspirational & real digital learning experiences across the all the touchpoints for students as customer and the wider FE and HE teaching community. They are leaders in truly “human centred” digital learning that should inspire us all.

SILVER

Media Zoo

A hugely impressive entry that just missed out on gold. MediaZoo's partnering, solution quality and focus on outcomes shone through, as did their customer service. They are clearly a benchmark in the digital learning industry for providing embedded virtual teams and their focus on adding value is industry leading.

BRONZE

iDEA

The judges were impressed by the ability of such a small team of three to create such an amazing reach and impact. iDEA is an inspiration, especially as they are powering all of their activity through charitable donations. iDEA’s focus on providing free learning to grow digital skills is deeply impressive and their philanthropy is a benchmark for the e-learning industry. With a growing user base and even more end user stories, they could be a category winner in the future. They are certainly ones to watch. They show the power a small number of people can make in changing the world for the better.

FINALISTS

  • D2L
  • Emerald Works
  • Kallidus
  • RMMBR
  • SiyonaTech
  • The Edge Picture Company
  • Wey Education

 

Shortlist summaries

Learning designer of the year

GOLD

Angela Moreno Valero

Angela Moreno is an experienced learning designer who has worked in both higher education and startup environments. The judges were very impressed by Angela’s skill at matching her designs both to user needs and to the different design environments she has worked in, as well as the clarity of her writing and presentation. A worthy gold winner.

SILVER

Graham Waller

Graham Waller has more than 15 years’ experience in learning design and is a Senior Learning Designer at Kallidus. The judges like this very solid entry with lots of evidence of a very good portfolio and wide range of materials designed over a number of years.

BRONZE

Tracey McDonald

Tracey McDonald has led on the design of digital learning resources for some of Emerald Works’ biggest clients for the last 7 years. The judges were impressed by Tracey’s rigorous approach with and feedback from clients. She is clearly a reliable, dependable and highly professional learning designer.

FINALISTS

  • Sophie Costin
  • Michelle Roodt
  • Isabella Sinnott
  • Egle Vinauskaite

 

Shortlist summaries

Learning developer of the year

GOLD

Owen Court

The judges were impressed by the mix of modalities right across the blend from E to vilt. His entry demonstrated good skills in video production and learning design and he clearly has a lot of different ideas and a lot to offer.

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