Kiwi learning innovation floors the big weapons at international learning awards ceremony in San Francisco.
Hand Multimedia has won a major international award for Excellence in Learning from Brandon Hall Research, one of the world's leading research firms in training and development, for their e-learning development product RoleplayTM.
The awards celebrate the best in E learning and are highly regarded by many of the world's largest corporations, including Microsoft, Time Warner, IBM and Pepsi. Roleplay's potential to save clients months of time and thousands of dollars in developing online "people skills" training resulted in their Best Innovation in Learning Technology category win - an accolade coveted by top global software development teams.
"The award recognises the vision and years of hard work that have gone into developing this truly innovative product," said Peter Coldicott, CEO of Hand Multimedia. "There is nothing else like this on the market today - anywhere in the world. It speaks volumes of the exceptional talent that we have here in Christchurch."
Roleplay is an easy to use e-learning development tool which builds high quality online people skills training courses quickly. Some of New Zealand's largest companies have joined the Roleplay pilot programme to supercharge their in-house training capabilities, including Air New Zealand, The Warehouse, Bank of New Zealand, St. John, Christchurch Casino, AMI Insurance and their subsidiary CLICK car insurance.
The innovative software enables non technical corporate trainers and training designers to create and deliver exceptional learning content. It also provides detailed reporting to help measure the success of the learning, calculates a business's return on investment and facilitates continuous improvement through immediate trainee feedback.
The pilot customers are using Roleplay to develop engaging and interactive training and decision making resources ranging from call centre communications to emergency services. Roleplay can be deployed to a range of platforms including the web, corporate Learning Management Systems, and in the future, mobile devices. Hand Multimedia expects to launch Roleplay commercially as software as a service in early 2011.
"The Innovation in Learning Technology award is sought after by the largest players in the software industry, so it's a bit of a coup for a little kiwi company to scoop it up on the first entry of our beta product," said Glenn Bull, Managing Director of Hand Multimedia. "Between the recent hire of our new CEO Peter Coldicott, our introductory Roleplay pilot programme, and now this distinguished award, we are building tremendous momentum toward our launch in the new year.
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