Aptara Wins Two 2013 Brandon Hall “Excellence in Learning” Awards, for a Total of 15 in Five Years

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Award Winning eLearning Solutions Designed for BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina and KPMG LLP

Vast external change requires fresh thinking and creative approaches.

Aptara, Inc., a leader in online learning and performance-enhancing solutions, won two 2013 Brandon Hall “Excellence in Learning Awards.” Recognized for the “Best Learning Team” with BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, and the-“Best Blended Learning” solution for its work for KPMG, these two awards bring Aptara’s total Brandon Hall award count to 15 since 2008.

Both winning projects employed methodologies from Aptara’s best practice knowledge base that spans 20 years and 1,200 clients. The courses are interactive and scenario-based with scalable architectures for deployment across multiple platforms and devices, including HTML5.        

Best Learning Team Category    

Aptara and BlueCross BlueShield: Extended Development Team: XDT
Bronze Award

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) needed to quickly create large volumes of new and effective employee training to meet compliance deadlines imposed by the Affordable Care Act of 2012 (ACA). Aptara proposed a blended eLearning delivery model that integrated dedicated teams and empowered BCBS to select the most appropriate team for each task. The “task-sourcing” approach involved an Extended Development Team (XDT) that combined onshore instructional designers with off-shore teams of developers, designers, and HTML5 specialists who collaborated with BCBSNC staff to design and build mobile eLearning courses. BCBSNC’s willingness to explore creative new development and delivery models contributed to the project’s successful learning outcomes. Watch a short video with examples of the award-winning BCBSNC courses.

Best Blended Learning Category

Aptara and KPMG LLP: KPMG Global Tax Curriculum Review
Bronze Award

Aptara created a curriculum that included training requirement recommendations, high level objectives, and delivery mediums for each tax topic and training module. Certain topics were recommended for web based training (WBT) and others for instructor led training (ILT). Using this blended approach and the new curriculum, Aptara designed and built the WBT courses while KPMG developed the ILT courses. Both sets of courses were implemented across KPMG’s Tax Service Line’s offices worldwide.

“Vast external change requires fresh thinking and creative approaches,” said Dev Ganesan, President and CEO of Aptara. “From new delivery models and ‘right’ task sourcing, to blended learning, Aptara prides itself on innovative, results-driven solutions to today’s new Learning & Performance challenges.”

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards acknowledge exceptional learning technology, as judged by Brandon Hall Research, the industry’s leading training and development research firm. This year marks the eighteenth annual awards program.

About Aptara
Aptara provides transformational eLearning solutions to the world's largest corporations. Winner of 15 Brandon Hall, 9 Training Industry & 2 CLO Awards, Aptara is a market leader in custom eLearning solutions that leverage new media. Our 600+ instructional designers, content writers, graphics designers, multimedia specialists and application developers have helped Fortune 500 companies and other organizations develop and deliver tens of thousands of hours of custom learning content for employees, customers, and business partners. Founded in 1988, Aptara is a U.S.-based company harnessing the rapid emergence of digital media to provide its customers a competitive learning advantage. For more information visit http://www.aptaracorp.com

About Brandon Hall Research
Brandon Hall, Ph.D. is the CEO of Brandon Hall Research and author of the ground-breaking Web-Based Training Cookbook. Since 1992, Brandon Hall Research (http://www.brandon-hall.com) has been providing independent research reports and expert advice on using technology in learning. Brandon Hall Research conducts the Awards program each year to recognize the best in innovative learning.

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