Learning Impact Awards Evaluation Criteria

Each Learning Impact Award submission will be judged based on the extent in which the product or service addresses the following Learning Impact criteria.


  • Provides greater access to proven quality learning approaches
  • Enables servicing significantly more learners from currently served populations
  • Enables serving new populations of learners (from new/expanded regions, for derivative programs, for preparatory purposes, etc.)
  • Provides greater convenience for learners
  • Enables lifelong learning


  • Enables improved learner efficiency
  • Enables improved instructor efficiency
  • Achieves cost reduction that is passed on to learners
  • Provides education to a significant number of disadvantaged learners
  • Saves substantial travel time and cost


  • Enables clarity of learning outcomes
  • Improves results in mastery of subject matter as measured by formative or summative assessments
  • Enhances effectiveness of pedagogy or learner engagement
  • Enhances self-directed learning, critical thinking or metacognitive skills
  • Includes or enables integrated assessment or better assessment of student learning/core competencies by teacher/faculty


  • Has achieved mainstream instructor usage
  • Provides large-scale mission-critical 24x7 support
  • Supports institution-wide usage
  • Supports statewide, countrywide, or global usage
  • Once of the largest deployments of its kind in terms of learners served


  • Clarifies or helps develop the specifics of accountability
  • Achieves significant cost savings versus prior solutions
  • Achieves improvement in retention or graduation rates
  • Provides analytics to understand program and/or institutional /organizational performance
  • Enables comparison across institutions/organizations

Organizational Learning

  • Supports development of key competencies
  • Supports assessment of key competencies
  • Enables planning or management of competency development
  • Enables more efficient sharing of best practices
  • Provides a distinctive organizational learning advantage


  • Utilizes open standards for data, content, or services
  • Shares data, content, or services seamlessly with other applications from other vendors at minimal cost
  • Combines best-of-breed products from multiple vendors that share data, content, or services
  • Has enabled and caused practical feedback into the standards process to improve future interoperability standards
  • Utilizes IMS standards or services demonstrated by certification to standards, such as LTI, QTI, Common Cartridge, Caliper, OneRoster, etc.)


(For Research and New Products)
  • Achieves a far superior realization of other prior products or services of its kind
  • Has clear potential to establish a much needed new category of learning application or tool
  • Incorporates a scientific breakthrough promising enhanced learning based on brain research or learning theory
  • Represents a radical improvement in access, affordability, or quality of education
  • Provides a seamless way to incorporate advanced functionality requiring little or no faculty, teacher, or learner training to use