eLearning Global Giveback Competition Winners Announced

LINGOs and the eLearning Guild announce the 7 finalists and 2 winners of the first eLearning Global Giveback Competition today at the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Online PR News – 01-April-2010 – – LINGOs Executive Director Eric Berg announced the 7 finalists and 2 winners of the first eLearning Global Giveback Competition today at the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida. In December, LINGOs and The eLearning Guild announced the first eLearning Global Giveback Competition. LINGOs member organizations identified courses they needed but lacked the resources to develop. LINGOs posted the need on the internet and volunteers were recruited from the eLearning Guild and the blogosphere, particularly the Rapid eLearning Blog. They came in droves and in two months, developed over 40 courses for agencies such as Acción, ##--3--##, Save the Children and Christian Aid, (among others).

“It’s a cross between the Academy Awards and the Nobel Peace Prize,” said the eLearning Guild’s Heidi Fisk in describing the competition, which the Guild co-organized with LINGOs. E-Learning professionals volunteered and entered the competition in two categories, individual/group, and institutional or corporate. Judges evaluated the top five courses in the individual/group category and the top four in the institutional category. Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson developed the winning course in the individual/group category “Using Communication Tools at Christian Aid.” WebOffices created the winner for the institutional category, “Preventing HIV,” also for Christian Aid based in the United Kingdom. “It was a great experience,” said Amy Heber of Web Offices. “I’ve never had such a positive interaction with a client.”

Finalists in the Individual/Group Category:
• Amanda Warner, “Build, Manage, Improve Credit” for Acción International
• Bonnie Taylor and Lisa Barnstorm, “Cost Principles for Non Profit Organizations – OMB Circular A-122” for ACDI/VOCA
• Diana Jaffee, Darla Wigginton, Ioanna Fergaditou, “Atlas teaching method” for Child Fund
• Jill Freeman and Susan Wall, “All you need to know to conduct a TRaC-T Survey” for Population Services International

Using Communication Tools at Christian Aid.

Finalists in the Institutional Category:
• Monarch Media (www.monarchmedia.com) “Leadership Orientation” for Acción International
• Finitiatives Learning (www.learnwithflip.com) “Risk Management” for Acción International
• Aptara, Inc (www.aptaracorp.com) “Innovation Behaviors” for Population Services International

To see all the top entries, click here: http://courses.lingostest.org/

Sponsoring this year’s competition were a number of eLearning companies that made their products available at no cost to volunteers working on courses for LINGOs agencies. Those sponsors included Articulate, CodeBaby, eLearningZoom, Instant Demo, Metamorphosis, Thinking Cap and Webucate.

The judges for this year’s event were eLearning experts Mike Culligan (LINGOs), Lance Dublin (Dublin Consulting), Joe Fournier (Rapid eLearning), Allison Rossett (San Diego State University), Clive Shepherd (Fastrak Consulting), Chris Willis (Media1) and Brent Schlenker (The eLearning Guild) and Heidi Fisk (The eLearning Guild).

“We were amazed at the quality of the courses submitted this year” said Berg. “The volunteers really poured their hearts into these projects and the courses reflect both the tremendous skills of these volunteers as well as their commitment to improve the lives of others.”

It was also announced that next year’s competition with provide more time for development with any course completed before December 31, 2010 being eligible for judging. Any company or individual interested in participating should send an email to globalgiveback@lingos.org for more details.

About LINGOs
LINGOs is a consortium that focuses on enabling international humanitarian relief and development organizations to share their learning resources and experiences. LINGOs also engages Partner Organizations - companies and associations working in the field of technology assisted learning - to provide expert help and other support aimed at alleviating poverty around the world and effectively responding to emergencies. LINGOs Member and Partner Organizations include some of the biggest names in the non-profit and technology sectors, including Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, Care, Microsoft, The Masie Center, The eLearning Guild and many more. For more information please visit www.LINGOs.org

About The eLearning Guild
The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for e-Learning Professionals. As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces conferences, online events, e-books, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine—all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making e-Learning successful, are the people who produce e-Learning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings. Our goal is to create a place where e-Learning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone. For more information please visit www.eLearningGuild.com

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