Elearning! Opens Nominations for The Best of Elearning! 2009 Awards

Elearning!  and Government Elearning! Magazines, the industry voice of the e-learning market, announced the expansion of the Best of Elearning! Awards to 19 categories and to public sector user nominations.  The balloting period officially opens today and runs through September 30th, 2009. In its 4th year, the Best of Elearning! Awards are the exclusive reader’s choice awards program for e-learning products and services. Nominations of technology and solution providers can be made at: http://www.b2bmediaco.com/elearning/ballot/form.php

"The Best of Elearning! Awards program is the only reader’s choice awards in the market and we are excited about expanding voting to federal, state and local agencies as well as educational institutions," reports Catherine Upton, Group Publisher of Elearning! and Government Elearning! Magazines. “Altogether, this audience represents $160 billion in learning and technology investment, and this awards program provides a channel to voice successes," Upton continues.

Eighty-three percent of Elearning! Magazine readers recommended an e-learning product or solution over the last 12 months, according to an Elearning! Survey conducted November 2008. And, 61% of the respondents said award recognition impacted their decision to consider and/or purchase from honored vendors.

“The Best of Elearning! Awards formalizes the informal peer recommendation process. Every award nomination and vote comes directly from e-learning users and professionals,” reports Upton.

New, Expanded Categories

For 2009, the Best of Elearning! Awards ballot has been expanded from 16 to 19 categories. Two hotly contested areas of Learning Management Systems and Authoring Tools have been broken out into multiple categories. For the first time, Learning Content and Talent Management Systems are specifically listed. Best Authoring Tool is now: Best Rapid Development Tool, E-learning Development Tool, Game Development and Virtual World Environment.  Best Social Learning Platform has also been added to the ballot.

The Balloting Process

E-learning users and professionals are invited to nominate their best-in-class technology and service providers online at: http://www.b2bmediaco.com/elearning/ballot/form.php.  The online ballot stipulates the product categories only; no short-listing or pre-defined vendors are offered by the magazines in any category. Voters are limited to one ballot and must use company domain email addresses for validation. All vendor ballots are nullified. Ballots must be cast by September 30th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PT to be counted.

Determining the Winners

At the end of the nomination period, the ballots are counted by Elearning! and Government Elearning! Magazines’ editorial team. All vendor ballots are nullified, as well as duplicates, incomplete or invalid ballots.

In 2008, Elearning! received 847 nominations. The finalists and winners were announced and published in the Dec/Jan ‘09 edition of Elearning! Magazine.  Professionals can source  prior honorees year-round at Elearning! Magazine’s web site: www.2elearning.com. “Readers can see which products are leaders in each category, and read personal testimonials from real-world users of the winning products,” says Sarah Chapman, Online Editor of Elearning! Magazine.

“The Best of Elearning! Awards will continue to honor the best and the brightest among hundreds of solutions providers. We look forward to another opportunity to honor innovation in this dynamic industry,” concludes Upton.

Elearning!  and Government Elearning! Magazines, the industry voice of the e-learning market, announced the expansion of the Best of Elearning! Awards to 19 categories and to public sector user nominations.  The balloting period officially opens today and runs through September 30th, 2009. In its 4th year, the Best of Elearning! Awards are the exclusive reader’s choice awards program for e-learning products and services. Nominations of technology and solution providers can be made at: http://www.b2bmediaco.com/elearning/ballot/form.php

"The Best of Elearning! Awards program is the only reader’s choice awards in the market and we are excited about expanding voting to federal, state and local agencies as well as educational institutions," reports Catherine Upton, Group Publisher of Elearning! and Government Elearning! Magazines. “Altogether, this audience represents $160 billion in learning and technology investment, and this awards program provides a channel to voice successes," Upton continues.

Eighty-three percent of Elearning! Magazine readers recommended an e-learning product or solution over the last 12 months, according to an Elearning! Survey conducted November 2008. And, 61% of the respondents said award recognition impacted their decision to consider and/or purchase from honored vendors.

“The Best of Elearning! Awards formalizes the informal peer recommendation process. Every award nomination and vote comes directly from e-learning users and professionals,” reports Upton.

New, Expanded Categories

For 2009, the Best of Elearning! Awards ballot has been expanded from 16 to 19 categories. Two hotly contested areas of Learning Management Systems and Authoring Tools have been broken out into multiple categories. For the first time, Learning Content and Talent Management Systems are specifically listed. Best Authoring Tool is now: Best Rapid Development Tool, E-learning Development Tool, Game Development and Virtual World Environment.  Best Social Learning Platform has also been added to the ballot.

The Balloting Process

E-learning users and professionals are invited to nominate their best-in-class technology and service providers online at: http://www.b2bmediaco.com/elearning/ballot/form.php.  The online ballot stipulates the product categories only; no short-listing or pre-defined vendors are offered by the magazines in any category. Voters are limited to one ballot and must use company domain email addresses for validation. All vendor ballots are nullified. Ballots must be cast by September 30th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PT to be counted.

Determining the Winners

At the end of the nomination period, the ballots are counted by Elearning! and Government Elearning! Magazines’ editorial team. All vendor ballots are nullified, as well as duplicates, incomplete or invalid ballots.

In 2008, Elearning! received 847 nominations. The finalists and winners were announced and published in the Dec/Jan ‘09 edition of Elearning! Magazine.  Professionals can source  prior honorees year-round at Elearning! Magazine’s web site: www.2elearning.com. “Readers can see which products are leaders in each category, and read personal testimonials from real-world users of the winning products,” says Sarah Chapman, Online Editor of Elearning! Magazine.

“The Best of Elearning! Awards will continue to honor the best and the brightest among hundreds of solutions providers. We look forward to another opportunity to honor innovation in this dynamic industry,” concludes Upton.

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