Aptara Wins Five 2014 Brandon Hall “Excellence in Learning” Awards for Solutions Developed for KPMG and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina

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A Recipient of 19 Brandon Hall Awards for Innovative Learning Solutions Since 2008

These award-winning projects helped our clients drive organizational performance through exciting and engaging learning content.

Aptara, a leader in online learning and performance enhancing solutions, won five 2014 Brandon Hall “Excellence in Learning Awards.” Recognized for “Best Custom Content” and “Best Use of Video for Learning” for courses it developed for BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, and “Best Custom Content,” “Best Use of Performance Support,” and “Best Competencies and Skill Development,” for learning solutions developed for KPMG LLP, these five awards bring Aptara’s total Brandon Hall award count to 19 since 2008.

Best Custom Content Category:
Gold Award
Aptara and KPMG Global Tax L&D: M&A Tax Risk Management

To help KPMG move from instructor-led training to eLearning, Aptara designed and developed real-world simulation courses, providing customized risk management courses that are interactive, realistic, and exploratory.

Best Use of Performance Support Category and Best Competencies and Skill Development Category:

Gold Award and Bronze Award
Aptara and KPMG Global Tax L&D: IES Tax Return Delivery

KPMG needed to give employees a clearer understanding of the process and technology involved in completing tax returns. Aptara designed a series of eLearning courses using a blended learning curriculum in which learners are presented with a linear workflow for completing the tax return, and can test their knowledge throughout the module.

Best Custom Content Category:

Bronze Award
Aptara and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BCBSNC): Annual Compliance - Code of Conduct WBT

BCBSNC’s universal code of conduct required 100% employee adherence. Working with BCBSNC instructional designers, Aptara created a set of courses with a story-based, comic strip design in an interactive, simulated environment. Aptara’s stylistic approach improved learner engagement and was a welcome change from typical compliance training.

Best Use of Video for Learning Category:

Bronze Award
Aptara and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: Retirement Benefit Changes for 2014

BCBSNC needed to convey changes to their retirement benefits package to their employee base. Aptara created four separate videos with guidelines for helping employees derive their maximum benefits. The design included positive, reassuring imagery and references, and blended infographics, text animations, and other interactive elements.

“These award-winning projects helped our clients drive organizational performance through exciting and engaging learning content,” said Bill Penders, President of Aptara. “Aptara is delighted to serve as a long-term collaborative partner to clients like BCBSNC and KPMG, developing learning development strategies that yield improved outcomes.”

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

About Aptara

Aptara provides transformational Learning & Performance solutions to the world’s largest corporations. A winner of 19 Brandon Hall awards and 2 CLO Learning in Practice awards, Aptara was also named to Training Industry’s list of the “Top 20 Content Development Companies” from 2011-2014 and “Learning Portal Companies Watch List” from 2013-2014. 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 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.

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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