Monday, November 19, 2007

eXe joins CORE and is named a Learning Impact finalist

CORE Education and eXe have joined forces! Christchurch-based CORE Education’s new collaboration with the eXe team enjoys an exciting beginning as the IMS Global Learning Consortium announces that eXe is a New Zealand Regional Learning Impact Award finalist.

In September of 2007, the eXe team completed its second round of funding from the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission, culminating with the long-awaited release of eXe v1.0 to thousands of educators around the world. Seeing a strong synergy between CORE Education’s values with those of eXe, CORE and the eXe team aligned to ensure the continued support and future growth of eXe itself, as well as further technological innovation for education in the broader realm of CORE Education.

eXe team members Dr. Sandy Britain and Jim Tittsler (lead eXe developer) recently attended the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) quarterly meeting, the Summit on Innovation in Learning Technology conference, held in Queenstown. In addition to all of the other conference events (Dr. Britain presented “Beyond Static Content: The Common Cartridge”), they both had the excitement of demonstrating eXe to a panel of IMS GLC judges and being grilled in a Q&A session for all Learning Impact entrants.

On November 8th, IMS GLC named eXe as the 2nd Runner Up, one of this year's New Zealand Regional Learning Impact Awards finalists! Organizations from New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific Region, including India (but excluding Australia, which had its own regional competition) participated in the New Zealand Regional Learning Impact competition. As one of the top three Learning Impact projects in the New Zealand region this year, eXe is automatically entered into the global IMS GLC Learning Impact competition, to be held in Austin, Texas next May, 2008.

From the IMS GLC Learning Impact Award web page(

The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program evaluates established, new, and research efforts in context at an implementing learning institution.

The Learning Impact program is facilitated by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) for the purpose of recognizing outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing the global education and training industries.

The Learning Impact awards are very exclusive. They signify those products, services and implementations that have the greatest impact or potential impact on global learning industry challenges and the greatest potential return on investment.

The eXe team is very proud of this recognition, and is equally proud to be a part of the CORE Education family. This collaboration will bring about many new and exciting possibilities to continue advancing eLearning approaches that are future-focused and support effective pedagogical practice.

Tairawhiti Polytechnic graciously hosts the eXe development team in Gisborne, and Auckland team members have previously been hosted by the Auckland University of Technology and the University of Auckland.

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