Around 800 people gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London, UK, on 30 November 2016 for the Learning Technologies Awards. They were there to celebrate the best in learning technologies across the world. The biggest gala evening to date in the eLearning industry saw 53 gold, silver and bronze awards handed out. This gathering of learning technology industry players included three members of the Formula Botanica team: Lorraine, Gemma and Timi.
In September 2016, Formula Botanica received the honour of being shortlisted in two categories for the Learning Technologies Awards:
- Best Online Distance Learning Programme
- Excellence in the Design of Learning Content
We prepared extensive awards submissions, presented to two panels of judges in London in September, answered dozens of questions about Formula Botanica and the School, and had our website scrutinised by the judges.
Formula Botanica was up against major organisations from all around the world – including Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Sky, Lloyds Bank, Aston Martin, Legal & General, Allianz, and others. We were honoured to take part in the awards gala and went into the evening with no expectations at all, other than to have a lovely evening out with the Formula Botanica management team.
When the presenters said the words “… and the Gold Award goes to…. Formula Botanica!“, we were totally stunned. Lorraine and Gemma barely had time to recover from their shock before they went up on stage to accept the trophy and have their photo taken with the hosts. Afterwards, they recorded this live video at the awards ceremony to thank all of Formula Botanica’s students and the entire team who made this award possible.
One of the judges approached us after the Learning Technologies Awards ceremony and told us that Formula Botanica stood head and shoulders above the other applicants because we do everything exactly as it should be done, we don’t cut corners and our whole presentation was fantastic. We are thrilled to receive this feedback and recognition from the leading, independently judged panel in the international eLearning industry!
Why Formula Botanica won a Gold Award
These are the comments provided by the judges about our Gold Award:
Formula Botanica’s courses teach learners how to formulate professional, safe, organic cosmetic products. The training materials provide learners with hands-on experience, product knowledge and business skills in order to start a successful organic cosmetics brand. The submission showed an impressive use of learning technology in order to create a business that creates other businesses internationally.
What made this entry stand out was the rigour with which the design and learner experience worked together, ensuring that the outcome was sensitive to the learners’ needs. They create their own products and use social media incorporated into the learning experience to gain feedback and guidance. Learners become better cosmetic formulators and each activity is directly linked to one or more learning outcomes increasing learner engagement, results and satisfaction.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Formula Botanica over the last four years, we hugely appreciate all of your support! Formula Botanica is now accredited and award-winning, and we are incredibly excited about the coming years for the School. If you haven’t enrolled for a course with Formula Botanica yet, we hope you choose to become part of our international student community!
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Lorraine Dallmeier is a Biologist, Environmental Scientist and the Director of Formula Botanica, the award-winning online organic cosmetic science school. Read more about Lorraine and the Formula Botanica Team.