E-learning awards 2012 – the winners

by | Sep 3, 2012 | Articles

Nearly 500 people gathered to celebrate e-learning excellence at Thursday evening’s glittering E-Learning Awards Gala Evening in London where a record 43 bronze, silver and gold awards handed out.

We are thrilled that Laura Overton became the first recipient of an e-learning age Special Acheivement award introduced to recognise individuals who have made a massive difference to the development of the e-learning community.

In the judges citation, it was recognised that ‘Laura has campaigned and worked tirelessly for over 20 years to improve the impact of learning technologies at work. She has driven business results, helping employers fulfil the potential for learning technologies at work. She has closed the gap between government policy and employer needs, supported excellence in the industry and encouraged effective good practices worldwide. Her ground breaking research has led to a comprehensive model of good practice freely available to any organisation helping them to navigate their way through industry hype and improve’

The industry’s reaction to Laura receiving the award includes:
Piers Lea, Founder and CEO, from founding ambassador LINE Communications, Laura is an enthusiast for our industry above all others. She has worked well beyond the call of duty to establish hard facts, figures and benchmarked best practice to support that enthusiasm. Anyone who enters this field and does not use the Towards Maturity data will be the poorer for it. When you see what she has collected you will marvel at both her vision and tenacity.”

Karen Price, CEO Sector Skills Council, “We are pleased that Laura has won this award, she has made an enormous contribution to e-learning over many years. Her skills, knowledge, passion and leadership have brought together a fragmented sector, which is now making a real difference to the lives and skills of so many people.”
 

Cheryl Clemons, Communications Director, from founding ambassador Brightwave, Laura has worked and campaigned tirelessly over 20 years to improve the impact of learning technologies at work. During this time, through the successful legacy of the TM Benchmark and persistent promotion of good practice, Laura has led the charge for the industry to raise its bar, professionalism and profile. She has steered Towards Maturity, a Community Interest Company, through difficult times and impressively has created a network of 20 ambassador organisations that are now multiplying its impact. Not stopping there, Laura continues to build on industry recognition in the UK to represent the network internationally. This is excellent news for learning technologies good practice, market intelligence and expansion. Alongside an impressive collection of achievements, Laura is approachable, collaborative and fun to work with.”

Nigel Paine, Learning Technology Consultant, Laura has worked and campaigned tirelessly over twenty years to improve the impact of learning technologies in the workplace. She developed the  Benchmark and used this to promote good practice far and wide. There is evidence now that this benchmark is becoming a world standard. Laura has led the charge for the industry to raise its standards and celebrate its achievements in embracing and promoting the use of learning technologies. Towards Maturity is a great organisation that has leveraged the support and commitment of over 20 Ambassadors who share TM’s beliefs and philosophy. All in all, Laura is the perfect recipient of this award.”

Aneta Sokolwska, from ambassador Redtray Solutions, Marketing Executive, “We can’t imagine someone more hardworking and enthusiastic about learning and development than Laura. She makes learning initiatives exciting and motivates people to care about them. It’s especially visible in her contributions to various industry publications, events and Towards Maturity’s benchmarking.
Laura has worked with us on several important projects around cloud-based learning technologies. With her support and experience, we were able to conduct a study into the adoption of cloud technologies by business in the UK. It gave the L&D industry an invaluable insight into how different organisations are using the cloud and what problems they face when trying to adopt it for training. Her enthusiasm about the research and raising the profile of the L&D industry is never-ending. She’s a natural presenter and speaker and makes hard-to-take-in information easy to understand and engaging for her audience. During our time working with Laura, she was very approachable and open-minded, always with an encouraging smile. She’s a true inspiration and the L&D community would be a poorer place without her contribution!”

The Towards Maturity Benchmark Study is freely available to organisations thanks to our Ambassadors who share our passion for sharing good practice.

Our Ambassadors are thought leaders in their own rights as well. Competition for this year’s E-Learning Awards was fierce with more than 200 entries but we are thrilled that our Ambassador’s work was also recognised as they walked away with awards in 9 out of 18 categories:

  • E-learning development company of the year – Gold to Epic
  • E-learning industry award for outstanding achievement – corporate – Gold to Kallidus
  • Best use of social media for learning – Gold to QA
  • Most innovative new learning hardware or software product – Gold to Redware and silver to Epic’s GoMo Learning
  • E-learning designer of the year – Gold to Mark Bennett – Kallidus
  • Excellence in the production of learning content – private sector –Gold to Epic and StarTraq and silver to British Airways and LINE Communications
  • Best e-learning project – non-profit sector – Silver: Clyde Valley Learning and Development Group in partnership with Brightwave
  • Excellence in the production of learning content – not-for-profit sector –  Silver to Epic and Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Best use of mobile learning – Bronze to Epic and Alfred Dunhill

Towards Maturity will be sharing effective implementation ideas from this year’s winners through our  good practice partnership with e-learning age both in the magazine and on our site . Check out the stories of current and past e-learning award winners here.

In the meantime, we send our congratulations to all the winners:

Best use of mobile learning

  • Gold: Intuition and the British Army
  • Silver: The Learning Eye for Schindler
  • Bronze: Epic and Alfred Dunhill

Best use of rapid e-learning content

  • Gold: AAT
  • Silver: Make Sense Design and Fire Protection Association

Best use of social media for learning

  • Gold: QA
  • Silver: accountingcpd.net published by Nelson Croom
  • Bronze: Jojo sucht das Glück (Jojo’s Search for Happiness) by Deutsche Welle

 Best use of synchronous e-learning

  • Gold: Virgin Media and ILX Group
  • Silver: PwC – The Learning Technology Curriculums

Best online distance learning programme

  • Gold: Willow Learning and The IPA
  • Silver: Growth Engineering – Aggregate Industries – The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management

Best use of e-learning to ensure compliance with external regulations or internal policies

  • Gold: SAI Global and CSR
  • Silver: Mind Click and the Royal Yachting Association
  • Bronze: Sponge UK and John Lewis Partnership

Best learning game, simulation or virtual environment

  • Gold: ATL Practical Training
  • Silver: OpenLearn, The Open University
  • Bronze: PwC – The LT Consulting Challenge

Best e-learning project – non-profit sector

  • Gold: HT2 and The Pony Club
  • Silver: Clyde Valley Learning and Development Group in partnership with Brightwave
  • Bronze: Wavelength and Ministry of Health

Best e-learning project – private sector

  • Gold: ATL Practical Training
  • Silver: Nikon and Kineo
  • Bronze: LearningAge Solutions and Tarkett

 Most innovative new learning hardware or software product

  • Gold: Redware
  • Silver: Epic’s GoMo Learning
  • Bronze: LearningAge Solutions with goalgetter

 Excellence in the production of learning content – not for profit sector

  • Gold: The British Psychological Society and Nelson Croom
  • Silver: Epic and Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Bronze: Whizz-Kidz and Kineo

 Excellence in the production of learning content – public sector

  • Gold: CCEA / Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Silver: Dynamic and NHS Yorkshire & Humber SHA
  • Bronze: NCALT – Human Trafficking

 Excellence in the production of learning content – private sector

  • Gold: Epic and StarTraq
  • Silver: British Airways and LINE Communications
  • Bronze: Media Zoo – Marks & Spencer

e.learning age special achievement award

  • Laura Overton

E-learning designer of the year

  • Mark Bennett – Kallidus

E-learning internal project team of the year

  • Boots UK

E-learning industry award for outstanding achievement – corporate

  • Kallidus

 E-learning industry award for outstanding achievement – individual

  • Henry Phillips – Unicorn Training

 E-learning development company of the year

  • Gold: Epic
  • Silver: Atlas

Find out more about the awards here. Towards Maturity has for many years worked closely with the E-Learning Awards as their good practice partner.

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