The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) won the gold medal at the Learning Impact Awards
This award recognizes the UOC’s project Present@ as an initiative that contributes to innovative application of technology in support of a wide-reaching learning in higher education.
Last May 7, in Atlanta (USA), the UOC was awarded with a gold medal at the 9th annual worldwide Learning Impact Awards competition. This awardwaspromoted by the non-profit organization IMS Global Learning Consortiumwhich aims to advance technology in order to improve educational participation worldwide.
The UOC’s award-winning project, Present@is a videoblog tool in which users are able to upload large format videos presentations and both, students and teachers can exchange comments and ideas in a virtual learning environment. This interactive platform allows for comments to be added to the videos directly as text, images, links or in other formats.
Antoni Pérez, one of the people behind the project and a lecturer in the UOC's Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, highlighted that this award “represents important recognition for the UOC's efforts on many levels; it is recognition of the way we have been able to develop a project which, in one way or another, has involved many of the faculty and developers at the University”.
At this edition, the Learning Impact Awardsselected eight winners out of 16 innovative technology finalists submitted by K-20 institutions and education Technology organizations. Medal winners received a Learning Impact Digital Badge with supporting evidence of achievement from IMS Global and will be recognized in the 2015 Learning Impact Research Report that will be published in late September.