WAGGGS e-learning project shortlisted for prestigious UK IT Industry Awards
12 September 2013
WAGGGS is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for a prestigious award, for our development of e-learning, by the BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards 2013.
We have been shortlisted for the Project Excellence Award in the category 'IT project demonstrating most effective use of collaborative technology'. This is awarded to 'a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project in implementing collaborative technology'. The BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence.
The selection of our project recognizes our use of the Moodle virtual learning environment to successfully develop a fully interactive learning platform. This enables members of our organization to benefit from WAGGGS learning opportunities in an online environment that retains WAGGGS ethos of experiential learning and non-formal education. The platform currently hosts our WAGGGS Leadership Online course where participants from around the world benefit from interactive learning materials, collaborative working, forums and facilitator support to enhance their leadership skills.
Mary Mc Phail, Chief Executive of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts offered her congratulations, saying: “The e-learning project has had a great impact on the way that we can offer learning and personal development opportunities to hundreds of young women around the world. We have demonstrated an effective use of collaborative technology while remaining true to WAGGGS core values of experiential learning and non-formal education in a supported environment. Our nomination for this award recognises our commitment to developing innovative ways of connecting with our members and the potential for collaborative technology in a volunteer-led organization.”
The entry was submitted following the completion of our Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Reading who supported us in the development of the project and the platform. The award recognizes the contributions of all those involved, both at WAGGGS and at the University of Reading School of Systems Engineering and Institute of Education.
David Clarke MBE, Group Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says: “I’d like to congratulate this year’s finalists. They showcase not only the innovation and the professionalism of those working in IT, but also demonstrate the importance of IT in delivering business and social benefit.”
Finalists Judging Day takes place on 27 September 2013 when Sally Elkes (Director of Membership Development and World Centres) and Claire Spiret (Learning Technologies Officer) will present to the judging panel. This will be followed by a few weeks of suspense as winners will not be announced until the UK IT Industry Awards Dinner, a lavish prize-giving ceremony, to be held at the Battersea Park Events Arena in London on Wednesday 13 November 2013.