Judging The 2016 Learning Technologies Awards

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Judging The 2016 Learning Technologies Awards

And the award…(drum roll)… for the category… of the 2016 Learning Technologies Awards the award goes to…

This will be the announcement on 30 November to all the winners of this year’s awards.

2016 saw my third year as part of the judging panel for the Learning Technologies Awards. As ever the judging panel were faced with a staggering number of entrants presenting work of astounding quality in the category we were judging. We beavered away through August and September to whittle the entrants down to the finalists.

Okay, so the learning technologies awards gala evening may not quite be ‘Britain’s Got an X-Factor Celebrity Voice Masterchef’ but they are, and I quote:

‘a glittering black tie celebration attracting over 800 guests from across the learning and development industry worldwide. … a fantastic evening where we recognize and reward excellence in e-learning.’

It’s also a chance to don a posh frock, slap on the lip gloss and enjoy a night in London’s shiny Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel.

And they do usually have a celebrity guest! Find out more here.’

Why I love being a judge

It’s a thrill and an honour to be part of it yes. But it’s more than that. It’s both an invaluable chance to give something back to the elearning industry and gain insight into what comprises award winning elearning. With each year of my involvement I’ve been unfailingly impressed at the quality and variety of elearning there is out there.

Entries come from every sector imaginable and run the gamut from healthcare to leisure and from retail to leading educational brands and major public bodies.

The 2016 awards saw around 200 individual organizations from across the world enter. That’s simply staggering.  The final shortlisted entries included products and projects from over 15 different countries making these awards a truly international affair.

Indeed, because of the number and quality of entries in 2016 some categories were sub-divided in an effort to give entrants a fair crack at the whip.

So this is the picture of what a difficult task we judges have in selecting winners for the categories we’re assigned to.  It’s not all glitz and glamour and Champagne reception you know.

To all the entrants and winners (who will be announced on the night) I send my heartfelt congratulations and thanks for what they bring to the elearning industry.

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