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Last updated: 03.12.15

Virtual College wins E-learning development company of the year gold at global E-Learning Awards

Virtual College has been recognised as the ‘E-learning development company of the year’ winning Gold at the E-Learning Awards 2015.

Virtual College turned their 4 nominations into 4 awards:

• Gold for’ E-learning development company of the year’

• Silver for CEO Rod Knox in the ‘Learning Technologies outstanding contribution award’ category

• Bronze in the ‘ Excellence in the production of learning content - not for profit sector’ category

• Bronze in the ‘e.learning age outstanding learning organisation award’ category

Over 700 guests gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on 25 November 2015 to celebrate the strength and depth of successful e-learning that is taking place worldwide.

E-Learning Awards and Learning Technologies organiser Mark Penton from CloserStill, commented: "It was the toughest competition to date. The Awards programme has been a true recognition of the breadth of e-learning worldwide".

Virtual College’s Gold Award for E-learning development company of the year was in recognition of its position at the forefront of developing collaborative, customer-focused e-learning for organisations across the UK for the last 20 years.

The judges commented that:”Virtual College captured our imagination from the outset. Their agile methodology has delivered significant results in customer satisfaction.”

Rod Knox, CEO of Virtual College, collected his award in the ‘Learning Technologies outstanding contribution award’ category. A pioneer in the field of e-learning’ his radical, challenging approach has made an outstanding contribution to the industry through his technical understanding and innovative ability to discover new markets. Under Rod’s guidance, Virtual College now has 1.75 million learners and ambitious plans for the future.

Virtual College’s ‘e.learning age outstanding learning organisation award’ was made for its work with the Home Office in developing a comprehensive e-learning course on female genital mutilation (FGM), a violent practice which affects up to an estimated 140 million women worldwide.

Home Office reports found there wasn’t a cohesive, multi-agency approach to identifying and preventing FGM, and e-learning could solve this problem. Virtual College’s course on understanding FGM and identifying ‘at risk’ girls and women has had over 30,000 registrations in under a year, with an incredible 90 percent of learners saying they would do something differently in their work as a result of the course.

The e.learning age outstanding learning organisation award demonstrates Virtual College’s achievements over a sustained period in the learning, development and technology industry.

Commenting on their success at the awards, Virtual College’s Rod Knox, said: “It is hugely rewarding to receive independent recognition of our contribution to the e-learning sector.

“Over the last 20 years we have worked hard to introduce online learning into the mainstream. This is now reality and we have ambitious plans to ensure we reach 20million learners by 2020.”

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