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27th May 2009
Two Learning Impact
Awards for Giunti Labs' LCMS and DR technologies
Two of Giunti Labs' applications are among this year's winners of the
prestigious IMS Learning Impact Awards.
The leading learning and mobile content management solution provider,
Giunti Labs has won a 'Gold' and a 'Best in category' award at the IMS
Learning Impact Awards (LIAs), the world's annual competition for the
high impact use of technology to support and enhance learning.
Organised by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC), the LIAs
recognise use of technology to improve learning across all education
segments and in all regions of the world.
Giunti Labs won the Gold Award for building a Dynamic Management Skills
Catalogue - using its learn eXact learning content management system (LCMS)
- for the France-based international leader in learning and
During 2007 Cegos selected Giunti Labs and its LCMS, learn eXact, to
help it port Cegos' product offerings into a new generation blended
catalogue, combining classroom training, e-learning and pre- and
post-training evaluation in a modular and personalisable way for end
Today Cegos' e-learning catalogue comprises 200 highly modular learning
experiences. These are available in 10 languages and are dynamically
configurable, via Giunti Labs' learn eXact LCMS, to create personalised
learning objects playlists which can be linked to any third party
learning management system (LMS).
Providing learning materials to 200,000 end-users a year, the Cegos
Catalogue represents Europe's largest initiative in soft skills
e-learning catalogue development.
Through using the learn eXact LCMS, the Cegos Catalogue is loadable
within any pre-existing learning management system (LMS) and related
tracking can support planning and management within the competency
According to Pascal Debordes, Cegos' e-learning Director, clients of
Cegos found those e-Learning Solutions by Cegos modules particularly
attractive, well designed and very interactive. International companies
also value the fact that those solutions are localised in 10 languages,
taking into account cultural gaps.
A France-based project also won the 'Best Rich Media Solution' category
LIA for Giunti Labs. This time, it was for the use of Giunti Labs'
HarvestRoad Hive digital repository (DR) in developing 'the Vet Tube',
a digital marketplace for video lectures for veterinary education.
In spring 2007, the Lyon Vet School selected HarvestRoad Hive DR
technology to design a multi-access digital marketplace for educational
resources. This applied both to formal educational systems in the Lyon
University network and new, 'web 2-like', informal and innovative
learning services, such as the 'Vet Tube' - a 'You Tube for Education'
service giving access to educational video lectures and resources
harvested from within the School's repository and a federation of third
party repositories federated via OKI OSIDs interfaces.
The Vet Tube DM is now being accessible not only by Lyon University
students but also by students abroad, covering all French speaking
countries, including the faculties in Montreal (Canada), Rabat
(Morocco) and Dakar (Senegal).
Fabrizio Cardinali, Giunti Labs' CEO, commented: "Naturally, we're
delighted that our work is being recognised with international awards
in this way.
"In the case of both Cegos and the Lyon Vet School, our products are
helping to improve both accessibility to, and the effectiveness of,
learning materials. They are also adding innovative and creative
content personalisation solutions.
"In turn, this is helping learners to perform their jobs more
effectively and efficiently - to benefit both their organisations and
their organisations' customers.
"Of course, technology does not stand still and we are now extending
our learn eXact LCMS and HarvestRoad Hive DR solutions into higher
degrees of personalisation.
"This is true on the media side, adding mobile and virtual worlds'
content editors - to create content delivered via BlackBerrys, PDAs and
Virtual Worlds. It also applies to the skills side, enhancing the
possibility of dynamically linking personalised content playlists from
pre-existing third party LMSs and VLEs, such as SumTotal, Saba, Oracle,
Blackboard, Sakai and Moodle," he added.
"Once the data is in the digital repository and content management
system, the solution can determine who is attempting to download data,
along with which background skills and portofolio s/he has, what device
s/he is using and where s/he is.
"In other words, Giunti Labs' solutions give each learner the right
information to solve her/his skills gaps - and provide this for the
right device in the right location - to create a community of those who
are following the same studies, regardless of where the learners are
and which competency background they have."
The LIAs finalists were evaluated by an expert panel of judges and the
attendees at the IMS annual Learning Impact conference and Summit on
Global Learning Challenges, held recently in Barcelona, Spain.
The Learning Impact conference brings together leaders from supplier,
educational, and government organisations focused on improving access,
affordability, and quality of education worldwide. This year's
conference featured record attendance of global leaders from 25
countries and six continents.
According to the IMS GLC, the LIA awards are unique in that they
recognise the use of technology in context.
Nominations include not only information about the technology but how
it is used by an education provider. In addition, the entries are
evaluated according to eight criteria of impact, including improving
access to learning, improving affordability of learning, and improving
the quality of learning.
About Learning Impact 2009
Learning Impact 2009 is IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual
conference and brings together the world's leading creators, vendors,
users, and buyers of learning technology to participate in programme
tracks focused on the latest innovations in learning systems, digital
learning content, the learning enterprise, and open technologies.
Presenters answer a key challenge question designed to inform the
attendees on the state of innovation and best practices.
About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
IMS Global Learning is a nonprofit member organisation that strives to
enable the growth and impact of learning technology in higher
education, K-12, and corporate education worldwide. IMS GLC members are
leading corporations, higher education institutions, school districts
and government organizations who are enabling the future of education
by developing interoperability and adoption practice standards for
educational and learning technology. IMS GLC sponsors Learning Impact:
a global program and conference that recognises the impact of learning
and educational technology on access, affordability, and quality – the
world's most significant educational challenges. For more information,
www.imsglobal.org and for a list of our Contributing Member
organizations worldwide see
Cegos Group, established in 1926 is today the European leader in
professional education and one of the major global players. Its
consultants have expertise across all subject areas in management and
developing competencies: human resources, management and leadership,
performance and organisational skills, individual and team performance,
marketing and commercial, project management, deployment of large
training systems in France and internationally.
In 2008, the Cegos Group achieved sales of 195.5 m€ and trained more
than 200,000 staff in Europe and internationally. Cegos employs 1,200
consultants and works in 28 countries across the globe.
About The Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon
The Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon is the world's oldest
veterinary school, established in 1761 by Claude Bourgelat with the
endorsement of King Louis XV who gave it the title of 'Royal School of
France'. Since then, the School has been a leading player in the
veterinary sciences, educating world leading experts such as Chauveau,
Arloing and Galtier. In recent years, it has experimented with leading
educational technologies such as an Interactive Surgery Theatre,
Virtual Classroom, Interacting Voting System, and Clinical Case Quiz
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 global headquarters in Italy and offices in
London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Lund (Sweden) and in Boston (US),
provides a wide range of services, in response to any content, learning
and knowledge management need, covering:
solutions for content, learning & knowledge management
technological solutions for mobile & wireless
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:
Minna Leikas, Giunti Labs, +39 3489 399127
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405