PLEASANTON, Calif. and LONDON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Toolwire, a global leader in experiential learning solutions, has achieved an impressive showing at this year's extremely competitive IT Training Awards, hosted by the Institute of IT Training (IITT). Based on its break-through experiential learning innovations this year, Toolwire has been shortlisted for "Learning Technologies Solution of the Year" and one of Toolwire's Directors of Instructional Design was shortlisted for "Instructional Designer of the Year."
The "Learning Technologies Solution" award celebrates an enterprise that has developed for its client a high quality, innovative solution – both in terms of content and instructional technique. The nomination comes during a particularly competitive year. IITT's Chief Executive, Colin Steed, commented, "The standard is higher than last year, and as a consequence it is harder and harder to shortlist people this year. Just to get through as a finalist is amazing." It was doubly impressive, then, that Toolwire's Michael Watkins will be also be a finalist for the "Instructional Designer of the Year" award, presented to an individual who has developed a learning intervention that demonstrates exceptional instructional design.
Toolwire's Immersive Learning Environments "learnscapes" provide the opportunity to enter a photo-realistic real-life environment where learners can interact with video enabled characters to gain information and solve problems as they work their way through multiple scenarios. Michael Watkins led the way in designing these learner-centric environments that are unique in their simplicity of design, yet extremely powerful in their ability to engage students.
"By creating immersive engaging storylines, tied to course learning objectives and outcomes, we have been able to blur the line between traditional assignments and real life tasks," commented Michael Watkins, Director of Instructional Design and Technology. "From an instructional design perspective, I am perhaps most proud of our assessment methodology that enables students to carry out tasks in the context of the storyline without feeling as though they are being assessed."
"At Toolwire, one of the greatest measures of success is a pleased client and a well-received student experience," said David James Clarke IV, Vice President, Learning Solutions. Toolwire's Learning Technology of the Year nomination is a testimony to the company's successful collaboration with Dean Doug Beckwith at the University of Phoenix.
Toolwire has been a pioneer in the field of experiential learning solutions for enterprises and higher education institutions since 1998. Its highly acclaimed Immersive Learning Environments are the genesis of years of hard work establishing a robust virtualization infrastructure and designing experiential solutions such as InteractiveScenarios, which it developed for several leading IT companies to support their training initiatives. These new virtual environments, however, go beyond what has been achieved before and open up a realm of possibilities previously unimaginable for educators.
"Toolwire is proud to have again been selected by The Institute and recognized for our development of innovative training programs," said John Valencia, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toolwire. "We truly believe that our Immersive Learning Environments represent the next level in the evolution of learning with digital media technologies. The ability of these solutions to increase student engagement and improve performance-based outcomes is exactly what the education and training worlds have been waiting for."
Toolwire is a learning solutions provider specializing in products and services for experiential learning. Bridging the gap between education and experience, Toolwire's LiveLabs, Scenarios and Immersive Learning Environments provide on-demand, personalized practice to best meet the dynamic needs of the learner. "Learning by doing" provides the quickest and most effective way to develop skills and ensure ongoing learning, knowledge retention and competency. Toolwire's award winning solutions "bring knowledge to life". For more information, please visit www.toolwire.com.
About The Institute of IT Training
The Institute of IT Training is the world's first professional body for IT training professionals. It was established in 1995 and since then has grown on an annual basis where it is now firmly established as the leading authority throughout the UK and Europe on IT training and development. IITT exists to continuously raise standards of professionalism within the training industry. Through an unrivalled range of membership, certification, accreditation, events and bespoke consultancy services, the Institute focuses on enhancing and recognising the skills and professional status of individuals and organisations engaged in training activities, and assessing the quality of training services. For information, visit www.iitt.org.uk.
About the IT Training Awards
The Institute of IT Training hosts the annual IT Training Awards to recognize outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence within IT training. The awards are presented at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London, at the Institute's prestigious Awards Dinner, held in February each year. The awards are firmly established as the benchmark for excellence throughout the IT training industry.
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