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Giunti Labs' achievements recognised with two major Awards
Giunti Labs, Europe's leading vendor of e-learning and mobile
learning content management solutions (LCMS), was recently honoured by
the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the
world's most prestigious distance learning award presented for
excellence in distance learning. A few weeks previously, Giunti Labs
received a ‘silver' award in the first global competition of high
impact use of technology in learning: the Learning Impact Awards (LIAs),
announced in Vancouver, Canada.
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
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
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
"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."
Notes for Editors
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
About IMS Global
Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
MS 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. For more information visit
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).
Further information from:
Angus Turpin, Giunti
Labs, +44 (0) 7733 365063
Minna Leikas, Giunti Labs, +39 3489 399127
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405