IMS Global's annual Learning Impact Awards competition is conducted globally to recognize outstanding, innovative applications of educational technology that address the most significant challenges facing education. View the Learning Impact 2021 Report.
Learning Impact Awards 2022
Call for Nominations Coming Soon
At the core of the Learning Impact Awards competition is IMS Global's Learning Impact Trend framework of education technology project categories, which has evolved over the years as new trends emerge and others obsolesce. This framework is a leading indicator of emerging education technology trends, offering planning guidance for education institutions. It's based on the innovative, impactful entries brought forward at each Learning Impact Awards competition. It enables IMS to identify emerging technology trends, usually several years ahead of mainstream adoption by the educational community. The award categories are defined in the Learning Impact Trend Framework Categories table. A categorization of all winners since the program began in 2007 is contained in the Summary of Winners table.
Advancing Teaching & Learning Innovation
Advancing Learning Environment Infrastructure
Advancing Educational Insight, Attainment & Planning
Competition and Judging
Any product or service provider, educational institution, or training provider that meets the competition's eligibility requirements can enter the contest.
Regional winners, along with other finalists, advance to the final round of the competition. The finalists' entries consist of a four-minute video pitch and a one-page detailed project flyer, followed by live presentations and Q&A with a team of evaluators.
In 2016, IMS opened the judging to the public for the first time, allowing people to evaluate the final entries online. The total scoring from all peer votes counts as one vote combined with the judges' votes.
Award winners are recognized at the annual Learning Impact Conference (13-16 June 2022 in Nashville, Tennesee).
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. Expert evaluators assess entries based on the use of technology in an educational institution context with clear evidence of learning impact.
The 2021 winners—platinum, gold, silver, and bronze medalists—were selected out of 28 evidence-based and innovative technology projects. A report of trends and practices synthesized from the current year's projects is released in the fall. The nomination period for the 2022 competition opens in January and ends in February.