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LSE shortlisted for the Institute of IT Training 2008 Awards

A new LSE training portal, developed by LSE's Centre for Learning Technology and IT Services, has been shortlisted for the Institute of IT Training's 2008 Internal Training Project of the Year award. The School has also been shortlisted for the External Training Project of the Year award jointly with Watsonia Publishing.

The Institute of IT Training is the world's first professional body for IT training professionals and the leading authority in the UK and Europe on IT training and development. Its annual awards recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence within IT training.

The award for Internal Training Project of the Year is presented to an internal training team that has undertaken a major training project that is innovative in concept and has produced demonstrable performance improvement for the organisation.

LSE's submission showcases the development and implementation of a new training portal. The project involved the Centre for Learning Technology, IT Services, Library, the Teaching and Learning Centre, the Language Centre, the Staff Development Unit, Web Services, the Careers Service and Health and Safety at LSE. The portal brings together all academic, personal and professional development courses scheduled for LSE staff and students. It is the first time staff and students have had a single easily accessible point of information for training events held by providers across the School.

LSE will present an outline of its submission to the judging panel, which is chaired by Professor Peter Ford, vice chancellor of Nottingham University and non-executive director of the Institute of IT Training, on Wednesday 5 December.

Jennifer Brown, IT Services, said: 'Feedback from the IT Services user survey and the experience of training providers across campus showed that staff and students are not always aware of which department is providing the training they require. To simplify the process of finding and booking a training course, RSS feeds were created for training programmes. These feeds are aggregated into a single page - a one-stop shop for training events - and presented on the plasma screens across campus, through our LSE for You online resource and online. In addition, staff and students can filter the results to display only those courses which are available or relevant to them.'

Amber Miro, user services manager at LSE, said: 'My congratulations go to the project team for being shortlisted for this prestigious award, and for their hard work towards realising this project, which is forward-looking, inclusive and aligned with LSE's commitment to being a learning organisation.'

The training portal can be viewed at Training and development|

The External Training Project of the Year award is presented to an IT Training Provider that has undertaken a major training project for a client that is innovative in concept and has produced demonstrable performance improvement. Watsonia Publishing, LSE's IT training courseware supplier is the training provider, and LSE the client. The joint submission explains how the Training Team's use of Watsonia courseware has evolved since its initial implementation, enabling IT Services to deliver a broad portfolio of courses, tailored to the needs of staff and students alike.

Both awards will be made at the Institute's prestigious awards dinner, held at the Dorchester on 7 February 2008.

27 November 2007

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