Learning Impact Awards Program Details

Learning Impact Awards Program Details

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Award Purpose

The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most innovative and influential uses of technology to support learning worldwide. IMS created this unique program in 2007 to recognize outstanding applications of edtech that address the most significant challenges facing the global education segment. Additionally, the Learning Impact Awards program aims to identify the repeatable implementation of efficient IT practices to help institutions and educational authorities increase access, create personalized learning environments, improve student engagement, promote actionable assessment, and advance ecosystem development.


Learning Impact Awards recognize both the product/service involved and the implementing institution as both collaborate to effectively leverage technology to create positive "learning impacts" and outcomes. Therefore, submissions can be made by any product or service provider or by any end-user educational institution or training provider as follows:

  • Product or service providers submitting nominations are asked to name the product(s) and/or services(s) involved as well as a specific implementation (such as at an institution or in a corporate learning setting). Each implementation constitutes a single submission. Product/service companies should submit only one nomination per product/service unless the product/service implementation is significantly different.
  • Institutional or other end-user submitters are asked for the same information, including proprietary and not commercially available products or services.
  • Each unrelated (not involved in the same implementation project) product or service constitutes a single submission.
  • Joint projects involving several partners are encouraged to submit together, as the potential for learning impact may be greater.
  • Applicants who are prior award winners are eligible to submit a proposal that is different from the previous award.
  • All applications must be submitted online and in English.
  • Top finalists from IMS regional competitions in Australia, Japan, Korea, and Europe are entered as finalists in the annual global competition.

Award Process

Hosted by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a panel of experts judge the Learning Impact Awards.

Finalists are selected based on criteria to identify exemplary implementations of technology that demonstrate the greatest impact—or potential impact—on addressing the challenges facing the global learning segment and possessing the greatest potential for generating a positive return on investment. Finalists that advance to the final round of competition present their projects to the judges online in mid-May 2021. The final round of competition will consist of three parts:

  • Submission of a four-minute (or less) video pitch for the Learning Impact submission;
  • One page document outlining the challenge, solution, learning impact outcomes, and return on investment; and
  • Representatives from the designated educational institution, school district, or corporate learning department identified in the award submission as an exemplary implementation are expected to discuss and demonstrate their project with the evaluator panel in live, virtual evaluations.

The education and technology communities at large can vote for their favorite project during the public voting period in mid-May. The combined peer votes count as one judge's vote.

Award winners will be announced on/around 24 May 2022.

Award Recognition

  • Inclusion in a press release by IMS Global Learning Consortium that will have national distribution.
  • Recognition during the opening general session at the annual Learning Impact Conference (13-16 June 2022, Nashville, Tennesee).
    • Medal winners who are IMS members are eligible for the early-bird rate (at any time during registration), and non-IMS members are eligible for a discount on their registration.
  • Recognition in the annual IMS Learning Impact Report that analyzes the awards to provide practical advice to institutions/school districts on what they should be considering to improve accountability, access, and affordability.
  • The four-minute video pitch submitted as part of the review process will be included on the IMS website as an example of an exemplary practice that other institutions/school districts should consider implementing.

Award Application

The 2022 Learning Impact Awards submission period begins on 26 January and ends on 28 February (11:59 p.m. PT). Upon receipt of your application, we will send an acknowledgment via email to the applicant. There is a modest $500 processing fee. This fee is waived for IMS Contributing and Affiliate members.

Award Categories 

Each submission must designate:

  1. Product or Service Maturity
    • Research: Products or services that have been prototyped but not deployed operationally. Entries in the research category are evaluated on the potential impact.
    • New: Products or services have been deployed operationally within the last 12 months and have at least three adopting organizations or multiple users within an organization. Entries in the new category are evaluated on the initial and potential learning impact.
    • Established: Products or services have been deployed for at least 24 months and have at least 10 adopting organizations or multiple users within an organization. Entries are evaluated on demonstrated operational impact.
  2. Scale of Nomination
    • International solution
    • Country-wide solution
    • System or school district solution
    • Institution or school solution
    • Departmental solution
    • Workforce solution
  3. Learning Impact Framework Category (each submission can apply to up to three project categories)

Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be judged based on the extent to which the product or service addresses the Learning Impact Awards evaluation criteria.