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Double win for Learning Pool in Learning Technologies Awards 2019

We are thrilled to announce that we have secured another two major awards, winning Gold for Most Innovative New Product with partners, TUI as well as receiving a Silver accolade for Ryan O’Hara for Learning Designer of the Year.

The winners of the annual awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in London. Guests travelled from all over the world to the Park Plaza, on 27 November to celebrate the very best in learning technologies.

Ben Betts, Chief Product Officer, who leads Learning Pool’s innovative product set  said:

“It’s fantastic to be recognized with TUI for most innovative product. We work in partnership with our clients to make a difference in their organizations. This award is a testament to the close working relationships we foster and our investment in an ambitious innovation strategy for the business.”

The Learning Technologies Awards is an international scheme which has been rewarding learning technologies excellence since 2005. Independently judged, the awards showcase some of the most recognizable, memorable, and life-changing learning technologies and elearning worldwide.

TUI’s Learnbot enables Leaders at TUI to quickly and intuitively address their skills gaps at the point of need by simply asking questions to Learning Pool’s chatbot – with further recommended learning offered alongside the answer to their initial question. 

Commenting on the strength of the learnbot product, developed by Learning Pool for TUI, the category judges said:

“The learnbot is a result of a strong collaboration between a creative and ambitious development partner and brave and bold client and it really works! It’s very innovative, clearly meeting a business need and has re-engaged learners at TUI with self-development. It even recommends and curates on its own. Amongst many other things, the judges were impressed by the clever use of open source technologies for the product’s building blocks and taking an industry-agnostic tool and applying it to learning so effectively.”

Senior Learning Designer, Ryan O’Hara, who has worked in his role at Learning Pool to develop with a host of high profile organizations including, Sonova, Houses of Parliament, The FA and Special Olympics, RBC, Burberry and Barclays Capital, to name a few.

Jack Quantrill, Head of Learning Experience at Learning Pool, said:

“This recognition will come as no surprise to the clients and colleagues who work regularly with Ryan. As well as possessing the quickest wit in the industry, his talent and dedication have ensured the success of some of our largest and most high profile content projects. Combining an active interest in learning theory with a practical view of how users will engage with content, he consistently crafts learning experiences that bring our clients’ ambitions to life.”

Comments from the judging panel on Ryan’s success were:

“We were impressed by the breadth of his portfolio and think Ryan is someone to watch in the future. Ryan’s passion for delivering excellence for his clients shone through along with his focus on understanding the end users of his designs.”

The event was hosted by Deborah Frances-White, London-based comedian, author and screenwriter alongside Siobhan McSweeney, the Irish actress best known for her role in Derry Girls. The judging partner for the awards was the eLearning Network and the global benchmark partner was Towards Maturity. 

These accolades are the latest in a raft of industry recognition for Learning Pool, having also achieved Gold Investors in People status, retained its two-star accreditation for Outstanding Employee Engagement in the Sunday Times Best Companies 2019 and achieved Gold Standard in Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Awards. It is also the only Core Leader offering Lower Total Cost of Ownership solutions in the 2019 Fosway Digital Learning 9-Grid.

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