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University scoops top global learning technology impact award


- the ‘high impact’ use of technology.

The Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Learning Impact Awards took place in California last week with a shortlist drawn from educational institutions from all across the world.

These awards recognise and reward highly successful uses of technology to support learning and the achievement acknowledges the University as a world leader in this area.v 

The University’s Institute for Learning Enhancement’s Blended Learning Unit put together the winning submission. They focused on the use of electronic personal development planning (ePDP) in its curriculum, demonstrating how this has made a difference to the success and achievement of students.

Staff teamed up with Pebble Learning, the company behind the e-portfolio tool PebblePad, to present a submission entitled ‘PebblePad: from project, to pilot, to personalised learning for all’.

Emma Purnell, Blended Learning Advisor at the University, said the award was a real team effort and recognised the innovative techniques used by academics.

She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive a Platinum Award. The IMS Learning Impact Award has given us the opportunity to bring together and recognise the impact of our ePDP innovation and the range of best practice that exists across the University.

“It celebrates and recognises internationally the institution wide achievements in the area of ePortfolio based learning. It is wonderful that all the hard work and innovation shown in eportfolio practice by staff and the impact that this has made on our students’ learning across the University has been recognised in this way”

The University won the Platinum award for the established use of technology category. Each category had 14 finalists and from that there were two Platinum Awards, as well as two Gold, Silver and Bronze.

All were given the chance to showcase their work at the annual Learning Impact conference in Long Beach, California, from May 17 to May 20.


For media inquiries please contact Emma Kilvert in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003.

Notes to Editors:

The other Platinum winner in the University’s category was from Korea where 99% of teachers and students across the whole country use a system to access elementary school learning and teaching resources.

Full details of all the award winners can be seen in the IMS Global official press release (PDF - 199k - opens in new window).

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