An international panel of judges selected online personal learning system PebblePad for a Platinum Award for Global Learning Excellence – the highest available - at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards held in Long Beach, California in May 2010.
The Learning Impact Awards (LIA) are designed to recognise and honour the use of technology to support learning worldwide. The award recognised the outstanding and innovative ways in which PebblePad helps students, teachers and professionals to develop their learning, reflective skills and personal development planning.
Shane Sutherland, Development Director of Pebble Learning, says, “We’re thrilled to receive this international recognition which helps validate the kind of software we’ve been developing; and the innovative ways in which PebblePad has been used at the University.”
He added, “From its roots as a tool to support learners new to university, PebblePad now supports learning well beyond the traditional university reach. Its impact on learning starts from the moment that learners prepare for university through their early experiences and their later research projects. Ultimately it supports their transition from university into employment and their ongoing professional development.”
The judging process was exhaustive, starting with a 30-page submission about how the software had had an impact on learning on a named institution. Each entry was evaluated according to eight criteria of impact, including improving access to learning, improving affordability of learning, and improving the quality of learning. The shortlisted entrants were then asked to complete a 5-minute online presentation. The 27 finalists were invited to the IMS Global Conference at Long Beach, where judges had the chance to ask any final questions and where Pebble Learning presented its case to 14 ‘delegate panels’ whose cumulative vote was added to that of the judges and a decision arrived at.
For more information on PebblePad, visit pebblepad.co.uk, call +44 (0)1952 288300 or email enquiries[.]pebblelearning.co.uk.
PebblePad (pebblepad.co.uk) is an innovative personal learning system designed to support any learner, learning at any level. Its unique interface hints at the user friendly system which allows users to build and share a broad collection of items related to their studies, personal development, continuing professional development or any event of personal significance.
About Pebble Learning Ltd
Pebble Learning, with its blend of technological and pedagogic expertise, offers a wide range of services designed to help the UK educational community develop expertise in the use of innovative personal learning technologies to meet the challenges and realize the opportunities elearning offers.
About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
IMS Global is supported by over 150 organizations – the world’s leaders in educational and learning technology, including leading educational technology product suppliers and publishers, leading educational institutions, and leading government organizations. Current Contributing Members of IMS GLC are listed at imsglobal.org/.
IMS Global Learning (imsglobal.org) is a non-profit member organization that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in higher education, K-12, and corporate education worldwide. IMS GLC members are leading corporations, higher education institutions, school districts and government organizations worldwide that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability standards and major adoption projects for the digital support of education and learning. IMS GLC also sponsors Learning Impact: a global awards program and conference that recognizes the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality.
Catherine Dhanjal, TheAnswer Ltd
T: 01883 650434 or 07941 669925