Completing a lucrative year of wins for the distance learning provider, Oxbridge is closing 2019 with a Gold standard award for ‘Best Use of Blended Learning – Commercial Sector’ from the prestigious Learning Technologies Awards. Recognising the organisation’s Classroom Heroes programme, this week’s win follows the biggest year yet for the innovative online college, which has bagged a total of nine regional and industry awards this year.
Considered one of the most prestigious events in the education sector, the Learning Technologies Awards celebrates excellence in e-learning, and saw Birmingham-based Oxbridge beat off stiff competition from the likes of Jet2.com (Silver Award), Calex UK & PSA Group (Bronze Award), L’Oréal, MG, Domino’s Pizza, Capita and Govia Thameslink.
Going head-to-head with these multinational brands, Oxbridge received the Gold standard award for its Classroom Heroes programme. Launched in 2017, Classroom Heroes is a modern, blended learning programme that’s perfectly pitched to teaching assistant trainees and the environment they work. The simplicity of the materials and the opportunity to apply and record the practical application of them shows that every aspect of the course has been well thought out and its effectiveness maximised.
Speaking after the win, Oxbridge’s founder and managing director, Matt Jones, said:
“I am absolutely over the moon to have brought this award home; it’s a huge accolade for Oxbridge and finishes off an incredible year for us. Hearing the judges’ comments about how relevant and effective Classroom Heroes is to today’s learners is exactly why we set up the business. We wanted to create a platform for people to continue their learning in a way that made sense to them. As a result of the Classroom Heroes programme, our budding teaching assistants now complete theory work 66% faster, feel 100% more confident in classroom situations, and employees want the programme as part of standard induction processes.”
“But this kind of award doesn’t happen by accident. We have an incredible team of writers, authors, tutors, and designers who put hours into making Oxbridge what it is today and to each and every one of them, I am sincerely thankful,” Matt continued.
This is the latest addition to Oxbridge’s extensive portfolio of awards and is further evidence that Oxbridge is paving the way for distance learning, gaining a notable reputation while doing so. This month alone has seen Oxbridge pick up ‘Small Training Provider’ at the ICB LUCA Awards in addition to Matt Jones picking up two big wins at the West Midlands Leadership Awards 2019 for ‘Company Leader’ and ‘Overall Winner’.
Looking ahead to 2020, Matt continues:
“This year has been huge for us for so many reasons, from our impactful rebrand to the amazing additions to our trophy cabinet. However, what’s most important to us is that we keep pushing the boundaries of e-learning and delivering a way for students of all ages to continue their development. 2020 will see the distance learning become even more popular, not least because of political movements and changing education policies, but because people are a lot savvier about their options relating to education.
To succeed, you no longer have to go down the traditional classroom-based learning route, nor do you have to stay in one career your whole life. Oxbridge provides the flexibility that people want and need. With shifting student expectations, education providers will have to transform their practices with the introduction of digital innovations that will not only accelerate their growth but allow flexibility that is so instrumental to success. It’s vital that the sector truly adopts the new-age of digital infrastructure that is available to back the new wave of flexible working/learning culture. I am proud that our team is leading the way in this arena, and I’m excited for everything we’re set to achieve next year!”
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