The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has presented its 2007 Distance Learning Award to Giunti Labs, at USDLA’s 20th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Annually, the USDLA Awards programme honours outstanding individuals and organisations for excellence in the field distance learning, education and training.
Giunti Labs received its award in the ‘business/corporation’ section of the ‘21st Century Best Practice’ category.
"As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary as a premier organisation for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Giunti Labs as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. "Giunti Labs has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honoured by Giunti Labs’ contributions to the distance learning industry.
"Distance learning is transforming the American educational landscape, through online technology, videoconferencing systems, satellite delivery and other media," said Flores.
Don Lake, USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, noted that, “We look forward to seeing how Giunti Labs will inspire the 2008 award entries.”
The USDLA Award is the second major award that Giunti Labs has received in the last two months. It also won a ‘silver’ award in the first global competition of high impact use of technology in learning: the Learning Impact Awards (LIAs), which were announced at the Learning Impact conference in Vancouver, Canada, at the end of April.
The LIAs are unique in that they recognise the use of technology in context. Nominations include not only information about the technology but also how it is used by an educational or training organisation.
The event was organised by The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) and brought together 25 finalists, derived from nominations submitted from around the world.
Finalists were selected based on several evaluation factors including impact on learner achievement, impact on faculty adoption, financial return, impact on access, impact on accountability, and use of interoperability standards. Nominations with superior measurable impact on faculty/teacher adoption, student achievement, and ease of implementation earned the finalist slots.
The judges - six expert reviewers and combined voting from attendees at the Learning Impact conference, which served as a seventh reviewer – aimed to identify the highest levels of innovation, adoption and learning impact in the use of technology to support or enhance learning.
Accepting the silver award on behalf of Giunti Labs, its CEO, Fabrizio Cardinali, commented: “The IMS Learning Impact Awards emphasise the final results of the learning programme. The focus is not just on the technology.
“Rather than the technology, the challenge today is innovation in learning along with the ability to best reshape the learning processes and pedagogical approaches to achieve the best results. Technology itself is now naturally embedded in all modern learning solutions.”
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognised worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.
About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
IMS GLC is a global, non-profit, member consortium that provides leadership in shaping and growing the learning and educational technology industries through collaborative support of standards, innovation, best practice and recognition of superior learning impact. IMS GLC provides open interoperability specifications, reference models, and adoption practices for learning and educational content and systems. IMS GLC sponsors the annual Learning Impact conference, showcase and awards programme.
About Giunti Labs
Giunti is unique in the international publishing industry.
In 1497, Giunti publishers and typographers in Florence, together with others in Venice, began modern book manufacturing. Over the years Giunti has built a ‘historical catalogue’ of huge dimensions, through a gradual process of ‘fusion’ of different publishers, but also through the creation of new brands, including Giunti Labs. Giunti Editore now includes 20 companies in the publishing sector.
Giunti Labs, which has its EMEA headquarters in Italy and offices in Milton Keynes (UK), Frankfurt (Germany) and in Boston (US), provides a wide range of services, in response to any content, learning and knowledge management need, covering:
• Content production
• Research and development
• Technological solutions for content, learning & knowledge management
• Architectural and technological solutions for mobile & wireless
• Training and consulting
Giunti Labs provides the learn eXact® suite, Europe's leading e-learning and mobile learning content management technology. This suite is interoperable with all major vendor-driven and open source LMS and VLE solutions in the market including Plateau, Oracle, SumTotal, Saba, WebCT, Blackboard, Sakai, LRN and Moodle.
Moreover, Giunti Labs does not just adhere to the international standards relating to the LMS/LCMS world, it is one of the organisations that helps to determine and drive these standards: co-writing and developing them. Giunti Labs plays a key role in most of the international institutions for the definition of eLearning specifications (IEEE LTSC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36, CEN/ISSS WSLT, AICC, IMS, ADL-SCORM and OKI).
About Giunti Labs’ learn eXact® suite
Giunti Labs’ learn eXact is an e-learning and mobile learning content management system (LCMS) that enables users to create, manage and deliver content based on learning objects, XML, standards and international specifications. It delivers learning content to location-based mobile devices, interactive TV and wearable computer devices.
Further information from:
Angus Turpin, Giunti Labs, +44 (0) 7733 365063
Minna Leikas, Giunti Labs, +39 3489 399127