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IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces the Winners of the 2021 Learning Impact Awards

Annual Program Recognizes Transformative, High-Impact Solutions for K-12, Higher Education, and Lifelong Learning


LAKE MARY, Florida, 8 June 2021 — IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world-leading non-profit collaborative advancing edtech and learning impact, announced today the eight winning projects in the Learning Impact Awards 2021 competition.

The IMS Learning Impact Awards recognize innovative digital learning technology and strategies implemented in an educational setting to transform the learning experience and elevate learning impact. Finalists are voted on by a panel of institutional leaders—who observe and evaluate presentations of each project—and the edtech community at large. From the 28 projects that advanced in this year's competition, expert judges and public voters selected those demonstrating the greatest impact on personalized learning, institutional performance, and the digital learning ecosystem.

This year's medalists in the New and Research category for projects prototyped or deployed within one year from submission are Chicago Public Schools and SAFARI Montage, Class Technologies, Microsoft and Forsyth County Schools, and VitalSource and University of California, Davis.

The medalists for the projects in the Established category for projects operational and having at least 10 adoptions with multiple users are CatchOn and Desert Sands Unified School District, Classlink and Northwest Independent School District, University of Michigan, and Vigilo.

2021 Platinum Medals

  • Chicago Public Schools' Curriculum Equity Initiative (View the Chicago Public Schools and SAFARI Montage project video.)

  • ECoach at the University of Michigan (View the University of Michigan project video.)

2021 Gold Medals

  • ClassLink Reduces the Strain of Remote Learning for Northwest ISD with Access, Analytics, and Rostering (View the Classlink and Northwest Independent School District project video.)

  • Scaling an Equitable Access Program: VitalSource and University of California, Davis (View the VitalSource and UC Davis project video.)

2021 Silver Medals

  • Class: Redefining the Virtual Classroom (View the Class Technologies project video.)

  • Vigilo When Time Matters (View the Vigilo project video.)

2021 Bronze Medals

  • Desert Sands Leverages CatchOn to Keep Students Safe and Personalize Learning (View the CatchOn and Desert Sands Unified School District project video.)

  • Digital Graduation Predictor and Virtual Counselor (View the Microsoft and Forsyth County Schools project video.)

The annual Learning Impact Awards competition is open to all educational institutions, school districts, states, edtech suppliers, and workplace training organizations worldwide. Organizations from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam advanced to this final round of the 2021 competition. Project resources for all finalists are available at

2021 Honorable Mentions

  • BlueML from Explorance is Machine Learning for the Student Experience (Explorance)

  • Cities of Learning Navigatr (The Royal Society of the Arts RSA, BadgeNation, and Navigatr)

  • Comprehensive Learner Record: Empowering Embedded Assessment of Competency to Determine Student Readiness for Real-World Problems (AEFIS and University of Rochester School of Nursing)

  • Curated Playlists for Seamless Credentialing (Playposit)

  • Digital Hands-on Lab Bytes with XtremeLabs (XtremeLabs and Mesa Community College)

  • Faculty Institute on Teaching (FIT) (Concentric Sky & MaxKnowledge and Kentucky Community and Technical College System)

  • Florida Virtual School Online Learning Community (Florida Virtual School)

  • Harmonize: Transformative Discussion Platform Deepens Learning and Engagement (42 Lines)

  • How Tier2 SEL Intervention Successfully Re-Engaged Avoidant Students, Built Resilience and Positively Impacted Grades and Attendance (EmpowerU and Minnetonka High School)

  • Hylable for Visualization of Online Group Discussions (Hylable Inc.)

  • INDIeOpen: An Online Content Creation Platform (Centro de Producción de Contenidos Digitales (CPCD) and Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena)

  • Integrated Education and Training Platform with Seamless Integration of On-Demand and Live Streaming (Digital Knowledge Co., Ltd.)

  • INVALSI Develops a Formative Assessment Project with TAO to Address the COVID-19 Learning Loss & Measure Student Progress in a Hybrid Learning Environment (Open Assessment Technologies and INVALSI)

  • Learning by Evaluating (LbE) through Adaptive Comparative Judgment (RM Education Ltd. and Purdue University)

  • Magica11y from Magic EdTech (Magic EdTech)

  • MagicBox—Digital Learning Solution Empowering Students and Educators (Magic EdTech)

  • Professional Development for Lawyers in Australia using LTI (Vidversity and The College of Law)

  • The World's First LMS “Multiverse” with Open Badge to Improve Skill Certification and Motivate Autonomous Learning (NetLearning, Inc.)

  • Transforming Teacher Training for Online English as a Second Language Lessons (Off2Class and Bridge Education Group)

  • Vietnam Forward (The Dariu Foundation)

A summary and analysis of trends from all projects will be presented in a report to be released in early fall. The nomination period for the 2022 competition will open in January.

For more information on the IMS Learning Impact Awards, visit

About IMS Global Learning Consortium
IMS Global Learning Consortium is a non-profit organization that advances technology to scale and improve educational participation and attainment affordably. 1EdTech members are leading suppliers, higher education institutions, K-12 districts and schools, and government organizations that enable better teaching and learning by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. 1EdTech sponsors the annual Learning Impact program to recognize the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the leadership and ideas to help shape the future of educational technology.



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