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KCTCS Wins Learning Impact Awards

Jun 06, 2012 - | 11:19 AM -

Versailles, KY (June 6, 2012) – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), recently won a bronze Learning Impact award and a Learning Impact Leadership Award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC). Awards were presented May 14-17 at the Learning Impact 2012 conference in Toronto, Canada.

KCTCS, in collaboration with SoftChalk, was chosen as a winner for the revolutionary Learn on Demand program offered through KCTCS Online. Learn on Demand offers an affordable education with both full courses and bite-size courses called "modules." Course Leaders/Developers use SoftChalk to easily create and share content for the modules. Using SoftChalk allows for mini-assessments throughout the module that help students bring their level of knowledge to the mastery standards.

“The end-of-course evaluations and student satisfaction surveys confirm that students appreciate the flexibility of the program and find online learning compatible with a busy lifestyle,” said Sandy Cook, System Director, Distance Learning Technologies, at KCTCS.

Modules are about 3-5 weeks long. Students can start on the schedule they choose, but modules build toward complete courses for affordable degrees, certificates and diplomas. Many courses address workforce needs for business administration, information technology, college readiness, nursing and general education.   

For the second award, KCTCS collaborated with Pearson. The Learning Impact Leadership Award was presented to KCTCS and Pearson for participation as a design partner for OpenClass, an open, free, and diverse learning environment. OpenClass is a dynamic, scalable, fully cloud-based solution that stimulates social learning and the exchange of content, coursework, and ideas — all from one integrated platform.

For more information about the Learning Impact awards, visit www.imsglobal.org