Giunti Labs Wins ‘Platinum’ at the IMS Global Learning Consortium 2008 Learning Impact Awards

Giunti Labs--global provider of eLearning, learning content management and digital asset management won 3 major awards at the IMS Global Learning Consortium conference.

Boston, MA, May 30, 2008 --( Giunti Labs—a global leader in e-learning and digital asset management, today announced that it has garnered three awards from the IMS Global Learning Consortium, including two “Best in Category” awards and a ‘Platinum’ Learning Impact Award (LIA). The Giunti Labs’ learn eXact learning content management system (LCMS) won the Platinum award for its joint deployment with Volkswagen Group Italia, the fully owned Italian subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, which distributes Volkswagen, Škoda, Audi and SEAT motor vehicles and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Italy.

This application of Giunti Labs’ learn eXact LCMS at Volkswagen Group Italia also won two ‘Best in Category’ awards:
• Best Corporate Training Solution
• Best Learning System

A broadening dealer network; increasing number of training participants and of needed training courses; the increasing number of car models, and their technological complexity; the increasing need to train staff, dealers and service partners rapidly, as well as rising the quality standards in training all prompted Volkswagen Group Italia to implement a blended learning approach.

This approach addresses individual training needs by defining key competencies and skill gaps.

Volkswagen Group Italia uses this analysis to plan tailored training programs to develop individuals’ key competencies.

This has improved the availability of training courses and cut down the need for face-to-face training, thus reducing ‘time to competency’ for learners. The improvement in overall efficiency in training reduces training costs – notably those associated with travel and time.

In turn, this has increased the organization’s overall productivity.

In 2005, Volkswagen Group Italia selected Giunti Labs’ learn eXact for its e-learning program implementation.

Volkswagen Group Italia needed to create a multi-domain portal, which could be fully integrated with PetrA--a dealer portal; BDO—a dealer database, and Ad@--an employees’ portal. The aim was to achieve full integration of ‘single sign-on’ with company’s application for the face-to-face training activities.

Multi-platform delivery options – via CD-ROM, Mobile and Smartphones, and even wearable PCs - offer dealers and service partners a high degree of flexibility in accessing the learning materials.

“Advanced user performance tracking functionalities of the selected platform are fundamental as well as skills management options for individual learning program planning,” explained Volkswagen Group Italia’s Laura Apostoli. “Learning object-based content production architecture, and compliance with e-learning standards and specifications guarantee that the adopted solution is future proof.

“The customized learn eXact LCMS solution allows Volkswagen Group Italia to organize all its learning content into one single LCMS and digital repository. Most importantly, Volkswagen Group Italia legacy content has been transferred into the system and tagged with a SCORM-based metadata and taxonomies framework.”

“Using this approach enables Volkswagen Group Italia to manipulate and re-use content seamlessly between different formats and to create different deliveries of the same content from one single source,” said Apostoli.

During 2006, 18 training courses were deployed across different brands and training sectors in the Volkswagen Group Italia. Based on the positive results and the feedback, learn eXact has now been fully integrated into the dealer portal.

The LIAs - the results of the world’s annual competition of high impact use of technology to support and enhance learning - were announced by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC), a global, non-profit, member organization, supported by over 115 organizations, that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in the education and corporate learning sectors worldwide. The LIAs recognize the use of technology – in context - to improve learning across all industry segments and in all regions of the world.

Twenty-three finalists were evaluated by an expert panel of judges at the IMS annual Learning Impact conference and Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges, held in Austin, Texas. 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 Giunti Labs North America
Headquarted in Boston, Massachusetts, Giunti Labs North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Giunti Labs, a leading global provider of e-learning, mobile learning content management, and digital repository solutions. With US-based clients including AT Still University; BNA; the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, and the University of Maryland University College, Giunti Labs has been selected by more than 150 leading publishing, academic corporate and governmental organizations to help them create, manage, package and distribute learning content.

Through its North American operations, across Europe, and in Australasia, Giunti Labs provides a wide range of services to meet 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
• Digital marketplaces and repositories
• Training and consulting

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