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Aptara’s Custom eLearning Solutions Win Six Brandon Hall “Excellence in Learning” Awards

Aptara Ties Hewlett Packard for the Most eLearning Awards

Falls Church, October 10, 2012 —Aptara, Inc., a leader in online learning and performance-enhancing solutions, was awarded six Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards for a range of custom eLearning solutions developed for Fortune 1000 clients.  Hewlett Packard tied Aptara for the most number of awards.

All six of Aptara’s winning projects are interactive, scenario-based courses built with industry forefront technology including HTML5 and scalable architectures for deployment across multiple platforms and devices:


Best Custom Content Category:

Gold Award
American Express:  CTN London Up-Close Course
Designed to look like it is being viewed on a smart phone, this fun and intuitive course familiarized American Express Travel Call Center Executives with London’s Olympic venues and other main attractions.  This course also won the 2012 Gold Magellan Award.

Gold Award
KPMG:  Working with Specialists Course
A training course for KPMG audit staff that simulates interacting with specialists in a realistic work environment with on-demand information and instruction.

Bronze Award
KPMG:  Principles of EU VAT Law Course (Read, Learn, Apply Showcase)
A task-based, self-paced course that helps tax associates determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) for European Union (EU) transactions using resources that illustrate the EU VAT Directive.

Best Use of Social/Collaborative Learning Category:

Silver Award
Coldwell Banker:  Collaborative Social Learning Portals
Designed for Coldwell Banker managers and brokers, the portals are a one-stop modern learning solution for administering training at an enterprise level.  3-D virtual worlds facilitate peer-to-peer, expert-to-peer, and L&D-user collaboration to create an environment that encourages exploration and interactive learning. The portals integrate traditional and structured learning resources including web resources and documents, Learning Management System (LMS), videos, podcasts, training resources, blogs, and discussion forums.

Best Use of Mobile Learning Category:

Silver Award
KPMG:  VAT Quest Course
A level two game designed to educate tax and accounting staff on the complexities of charging and paying VAT across borders, the course presents content through a series of conversations/tasks that are structured in a question and answer format.

Best Use of Games for Learning Category:

Bronze Award
KPMG:  Virtual Researcher Business Simulation
Designed to help tax professionals improve their research and report-drafting skills, the simulation creates an immersive environment that includes emails and chats with a virtual Tax Partner, immediate feedback for research tasks, and consolidated customized feedback based on the user’s output.


“This honor is particularly significant as Aptara is about to celebrate 25 years of partnering with the world’s leading organizations and delivering meaningful business outcomes,” said Dev Ganesan, President and CEO of Aptara. “It is extremely gratifying to have the quality and value of our custom eLearning solutions be so widely recognized and rewarded.”

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 seventeenth annual awards program.


About Aptara
Aptara provides transformational eLearning solutions to the world’s largest corporations. Named to Training Industry’s list of the “Top 20 Content Development Companies” in 2011 and 2012, and a CLO 2012 Learning in Practice award winner, 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 (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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