IMS Global’s annual Learning Impact Awards (LIA) are conducted on a global scale to recognize outstanding, innovative applications of educational technology to address the most significant challenges facing education.
Figure 1. Learning Impact Trend Framework Categories (updated December 2017)
Competition and Judging
Any product or service provider, educational institution, or training provider that meets the competition’s eligibility requirements can enter the competition. Regional winners, along with other finalists selected by Learning Impact Award evaluators, all advance to the final round of competition, which is held in conjunction with the annual Learning Impact Leadership Institute. The finalists’ entries consist of a four-minute video pitch, a one-page detailed project flyer, and discussions and demonstrations with attendees during the May Learning Impact event. In 2016, IMS Global opened the judging to the public for the first time, allowing people to evaluate the finalists’ entries online via the IMS website. The online voters’ combined scoring counted as one vote that was combined with the judges' votes.
What distinguishes IMS Global’s Learning Impact Awards is its pragmatic focus. Compared to other award programs in the education sector, a greater amount of work goes into the Learning Impact Awards evaluation process. Judges assess Learning Impact Awards entries based on the use of technology in an educational institution context with clear evidence of learning impact. The 2018 winners—platinum, gold, silver, and bronze medalists—were announced at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in May 2018. Eight medalists were selected out of 26 innovative technology finalists.