LIA 2009

2009 Learning Impact Award Winners

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.

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.

Submission Types:
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.

Demonstrator Designee:
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 CategoriesService Categories
Personalization and accessibilityAcademic technology outsourcing
PortalInformation technology outsourcing
Course and content managementStudent support
SearchFaculty support
Business/institution analyticsInternet-supported learning program launch and support
Program analyticsAssessment
PortfolioStrategic planning
AssessmentAcademic program
Interactive learning environmentsCareer placement
Classroom capture 
Federated digital content access 
Student information system 
Portable learning technology 
Authoring tool 
Custom publishing 
Book supplements 

Evaluation Criteria:
Each submission will be required to address the following criteria. Nominees are asked to address specific criteria in the table below. Winners from prior years, including alt-i-lab demonstrators are ineligible.

  • Provides greater access to proven quality learning approaches
  • Enables serving 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 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 by the teacher/faculty
Adoption (For Established Products)
  • Has achieved mainstream instructor usage
  • Provides large-scale mission-critical 24/7 support
  • Supports institution-wide usage
  • Supports statewide, countrywide, or global usage
  • One 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 solution
  • 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 standards
  • Has been included in IMS GLS testfest events
Innovation (For Research & 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

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 will showcase their product/service/implementation at the Learning Impact event. The top three Regional Finalists to the IMS GLC Learning Impact Awards will automatically be entered as a finalist at the Learning Impact Event.

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.