The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program evaluates established, new, and research efforts in context at an implementing learning institution. Finalists will be selected to showcase at the annual Learning Impact conference and a panel of global experts are asked to perform the final rankings at the conference.
See the 2010 Learning Impact Awards Winners
Learning Impact Recognition and Awards Program
The Learning Impact program is facilitated by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) for the purpose of recognizing outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing the global education and training industries.
Improving the quality of and access to education is the global challenge that underpins all other global challenges. Harnessing the potential power of new technologies that can enhance the reach and effectiveness of education is a compelling priority for society. The IMS Global Learning Consortium is a unique collaboration of corporations, educational institutions, and government organizations that can play a significant role in recognizing advances in technology that address key educational challenges worldwide.
Learning Impact Program Process:
Each year the IMS Executive Strategic Council, in coordination with the IMS Board of Directors, looks to identify and award examples of high impact products and services. Submissions are collected based on an open call to industry participants from August to December of each year. A select group of finalists are selected each year in January based on criteria agreed to by the IMS Executive Strategic Council and Board of Directors. The finalists are invited to discuss and demonstrate their projects at the IMS Learning Impact conference and Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges in April. Participants attending the Learning Impact event will vote on the finalists and the awards will be presented at the conference. The Learning Impact awards are very exclusive. They signify those products, services and implementations that have the greatest impact or potential impact on global learning industry challenges and the greatest potential return on investment.
Learning Impact awards recognize both the product/service involved as well the exemplary real world implementers as both combine to create the “learning impact”. Therefore, submissions can be made by any product or service provider or end-user educational institution or training provider, as follows:
Submission Processing Fee:
Submissions are made in English through a web form available from IMS. The fee is waived for submissions from IMS Contributing Members and for Regional competitions, if agreed to with regional partner. A modest processing fee is charged to non-members of $500 per submission.
Product or Service Maturity:
Each submission is designated in one of three maturity categories: research, new, or established. Submissions must include details on the breadth of deployment.
Submissions should include the scale of the nomination. Entries should choose from: International solution, Country-wide solution, System or school district solution, Institutional or school solution, Departmental solution
Submissions will include designated exemplary implementations such as educational institutions, school districts, or corporate education departments. It is normally expected that representatives from the exemplary implementations will conduct the demonstrator at the annual conference if selected as a finalist, although there may be exceptions, for instance for products or services in the research category.
Product and Service Categories:
The following table lists the product and service categories in which submissions may be made. Each submission can apply to up to three categories. The list can be amended by suggestion and acceptance by IMS. Product and service categories are only used to classify the submission. Awards will be granted based on overall scoring across all submissions.
|Product Categories||Service Categories|
|Personalization and accessibility||Academic technology outsourcing|
|Portal||Information technology outsourcing|
|Course and content management||Student support|
|Business/institution analytics||Internet-supported learning program launch and support|
|Interactive learning environments||Career placement|
|Federated digital content access|
|Student information system|
|Portable learning technology|
Each submission will be required to address the following criteria. Medal winners in the global competition from prior years are ineligible.
|Adoption (For Established Products)||
|Innovation (For Research & New Products)||
A set of judges will grade the nominations according to their Learning impact relative to the criteria set forth by the Executive Strategic Council. Those nominees with the highest rankings will be selected as finalists. The finalists must showcase their product/service/implementation at the Learning Impact event to maintain their finalist designation. The top Regional Finalists to the IMS GLC Learning Impact Awards will automatically be entered as a finalist at the Learning Impact Event. Contributing Members, Affiliates and Alliance Members may submit an entry free of charge. There is a nominal fee ($500 US) for non-Members.
Recognition and Awards:
At the Learning Impact event, attendees will vote to rank the finalists into platinum, gold, bronze, and silver award levels. A panel of esteemed judges will use the input from attendees to establish the Learning Impact winners.
All finalists will be acknowledged on the site with a link to their offering.