Education Investor 2014 Awards Winner

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading learning platform provider, wins the prestigious Education Investor Award for Technical Infrastructure 2014.

The winners were announced at an awards evening held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. A celebration of the innovation and excellence among businesses involved in the education sector.

More than 700 guests attended this year’s ceremony, where awards were presented in 27 categories, with the shortlist judged by a panel of 17 experts drawn from across the education sector.

The LP+ learning platform is built on Microsoft technology and is hosted at a Tier4 data centre in the UK, providing a secure, engaging learning platform to over 1.6 million users globally.

On winning the award, Mehool Sanghrajka said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Education Investor Award for Technical Infrastructure! We have had a brilliant year at Learning Possibilities, and it’s great to be recognised with such a prestigious award. But the work doesn’t stop here. We have so many exciting things coming up, It’s going to be another great year!”

Winning the award comes as another high point for Learning Possibilities, a company that has enjoyed huge success this year, with strong growth. Due to its strong reputation and credibility in the UK, the company recently secured a multi-million pound deal with the Welsh Government to deliver LP+4 to all 1700 state schools.

The LP+4 learning platform was launched in 2012 at Microsoft Head Quarters in Reading. Through the use of innovative interfaces and role based access, schools have access to intranets, email, websites, parent and governor sites, and class and subject sites where collaboration, assessment and project work can take place. In essence a solution for collaboration, communication and curriculum with a designed pathway for forward evolution. This year at BETT, Learning Possibilities will be celebrating ten years of hosting the LP+4 learning platform.

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s largest cloud-based e-learning platform, today announces that it is a Finalist for the Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Award. The annual awards attracted more than 3,200 entries from around the world.

Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft said:

“These prestigious award winners and finalists represent the best technology professionals our partner ecosystem has to offer,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft. “The 2014 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists honor our top partners that solve complex business challenges by providing innovative solutions to our mutual customers.”

“I am delighted that our work has been recognised in these awards and I look forward to receiving the award on behalf of everyone here at Learning Possibilities. A global award and recognition amongst our peers is important at a number of levels, and we look forward to developing our business together with Microsoft,”

Said Mehool Sanghrajka, Chief Executive at Learning Possibilities.

Award winners and finalists will be recognized at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, taking place July 13–17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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Learning Possibilities, the provider of the leading LP+ learning platform, and Wolverhampton City Council have strengthened their partnership that has been at the forefront of e-learning pedagogy since 2005. This award winning partnership produced LP+ ADOPT, the national framework for e-maturity in learning platforms and is winner of the 2010 BETT Educational Partnership Award.

The partnership has been enriched, by providing additional training and support, equivalent to three days, to all schools in Wolverhampton on the LP+ learning platform. The training will focus on teaching and learning using the LP+ platform and trainers will help with school improvement using the LP+ ADOPT maturity model.

Gavin Hawkins from Wolverhampton City Council said that:

“Through our ongoing partnership, the additional support provided will focus on embedding the LP+ learning platform into teaching and learning as the learning platform has become an essential resource in many schools.”

Learning Possibilities CEO Mehool Sanghrajka commented:

“I am delighted to build on this very successful partnership. This new collaboration will ensure schools get maximum benefit from their investment in the LP+ learning platform.”

Gold Partnership with Microsoft

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Learning Possibilities, the leading learning platform provider on Microsoft technology, are delighted to announce the renewal of our Gold Partnership with Microsoft.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities’ said:

“This is a very significant achievement for the company and am immensely proud to renew our Gold Partner status. It empowers our commitment to developing our profile and leading a strong technical team.”

Learning Possibilities provides the LP+4 platform based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway Framework, built on over 16 Microsoft technologies including SharePoint 2010 and Exchange. The company has been recognised for its commitment to helping schools achieve their goals and long term visions through their learning platform.

Learning Possibilities wins Wales contract

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading provider of learning platforms for schools, is delighted to announce that it has been selected by the Welsh Government through a competitive process to support its vision of creating the world’s best online environment for learning.

The platform will support national actions including encouraging, supporting and preparing teachers to operate in a digital environment and to share their digital practice. The platform will eventually support up to one million users and will host a national collection of digital resources to support teaching and learning for learners aged 3 to 19 in Wales which will be known as the National Digital Repository.

With Office365, LP+4 delivers a whole new suite of online tools where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents and access emails and instant message online from any device with a browser and internet access – even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.

Mehool Sanghrajka, Learning Possibilities’ Chief Executive commented:


“We are thrilled that we have been selected for this important national project. Our experience in building cloud based learning platform and our work on the ADOPT framework and related pedagogy will be critical in driving this project. I look forward to a long partnership with the Department and schools in Wales.”

Learning Possibilities will work closely with users, schools, local authorities and regional educational consortia to deliver secure collaboration between staff and students through a bi-lingual, personalised interface. The platform will also include open public access to resources. The solution will be based on the recently released LP+4 platform integrated with Office 365, which was showcased at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2012.

Commenting on one of the largest Office 365 education projects, Steve Beswick, Microsoft UK Education Director, added:


“I am delighted that the Microsoft and Learning Possibilities partnership continues to show tremendous results with another national learning platform win. LP+4 was one of the first learning platforms to fully integrate into Office 365, offering great value, tools and resources to any school regardless of size.”

Learning Possibilities launched the LP+4 learning platform in November 2011 and this is the second national project to be announced, following a win in the Middle East earlier this year.

LP+4 integration with Office365

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The LP+4 learning platform now offers full integration and single sign-on with Microsoft Office365. This means that LP+4 users can have access to Outlook Live, Lync and Office Web Applications from within the LP+4 learning platform and without need to login again.

Together with Office365, LP+4 delivers a whole new suite of online tools to improve collaboration and productivity where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents and access emails, instant message and access calendars online from any device with a browser and internet access – even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities said

“LP+ has always been in the cloud and we have always recognised the collaboration, cost and efficiency benefits that a hosted and managed service brings. I am delighted that we are now able to offer Microsoft office, mail and infrastructure solutions fully integrated into LP+4. Schools will be the real winners here.”

Steve Beswick, Microsoft Education Director said

“It’s great to see leading partners such as Learning Possibilities bring what they do best to the Microsoft platforms in education. Learning Possibilities really understands how to make technology work in Education. They understand how teachers and students need to interact, providing a solution that really transforms the learning experience and use of technology in and outside of the classroom. The LP+ solution brings the benefits of cloud and blends that with their innovative learning platform.”

The LP+4 learning platform will be available to schools with Office365 integration later this year.

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The LP+4 learning platform was assessed on the ability to share information with the management information system (MIS) in operation in schools and quality of elements such as user management; learner information management; digital learning resource management, curriculum and learning management and communication and collaboration management.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities commented:

“We are delighted to have been selected. We believe the Framework offers an excellent route for schools and authorities to purchase our Learning Platform.”

With a range of new personalisation features, the new LP+4 from Learning Possibilities moves away from institutional-centred platforms to providing a user-centric experience with new themes, a menu ribbon, gadget store and an integrated status-wall. The new toolbar brings instant access to web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and discussions providing learners with contemporary ways to learn, question, share ideas, broadcast knowledge.

LP+4 makes it easy to create learning spaces where students collaborate on projects. Integration with online Microsoft web apps means that students learn to use real-world software and are better prepared for the workplace. Most importantly students can access this vibrant learning community from wherever they are, whenever they like through any connected device – bringing learning to their fingertips and into their world.

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LP+4 is the latest online learning solution from Learning Possibilities. The LP+4 system is based on the very latest web technology and social networking concepts. It embraces approaches and media types, such as video, social networking, digital content, and rich user interfaces that will become even more important as we progress into a new era.

We have seen the learning platform space grown from basic online storage into connected learning communities. Through the success of our existing product sets, we have gained a substantial learning community who are using our platform as part of their daily learning and teaching activities. The usage of this platform and its global presence gives us an insight into the world of the learner and from this we have been able to get a view of what next generation learning platforms need to provide. It is now time for us to set a new standard with LP+4.

LP+4 enables schools to have maximum, choice and flexibility, a platform that can be organised and customised around the user. Providing learners with contemporary ways to learn, question, share ideas, broadcast knowledge and follow personalized learning paths, students can learn at their own pace and get immediate feedback .

Widgets, templates and gadgets on LP+4 make it easy to create learning spaces where students collaborate on projects. Integration with online Microsoft web apps means that students learn to use real-world software and are better prepared for the workplace. Most importantly students can access this vibrant learning community from wherever they are, whenever they like through any connected device – bringing learning to their fingertips and into their world.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities said at the launch:

“We are more excited about LP+ 4 than ever. A platform designed by teachers with education at its heart, but integrated into the connected world beyond. Our ability to create a true product on SharePoint, rather than just templates and themes, has resulted in a vibrant, interactive and intuitive solution.”

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Learning Possibilities and Kuwait based Diyar have formed a joint venture to serve Middle Eastern markets. The partnership will deliver Diyar ICT services, the LP+ learning platform to governments, private schools and education groups.

The LP+4 learning platform will form a key part of the State’s strategy to improve the quality of education in public schools through e-learning. The LP+4 platform will be deployed locally in Kuwait and will be rolled out to all secondary schools in the State in the coming months. The solution also includes training based on the LP+ ADOPT framework for staff at the MoE and schools. LP+ ADOPT was recently selected by BECTA as the basis of the National Learning Platform Maturity Model.

Mehool Sanghrajka, Learning Possibilities’ CEO commented

“We are delighted to be expanding abroad with an opportunity of this scale. We are confident that together we will successfully deliver an e-learning project that will contribute to transforming the quality of education in the State’s schools.”

Becta selects ADOPT

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Becta has selected the ADOPT Framework as a model for the national learning platform maturity model.

Learning Possibilities (LP+) and Wolverhampton City Council are pleased to be working with Becta, following a formal competitive process, on a model that will become the basis of a national learning platform maturity framework available to all English education institutions and partners in 2010.

The maturity framework is based upon the ADOPT Framework – developed by Learning Possibilities and the Wolverhampton City Council CYP e-services team – and the technology adoption principles of Hooper and Rieber.

The ADOPT Framework proceeeds through five stages allowing schools to gauge their level of development, measure successes and plot a course to school transformation using the learning platform as a key vehicle for delivering against school improvement objectives and policy areas.

Professor Stephen Heppell commented:

“I believe that the ADOPT framework is the ‘bit’ that is currently missing in guidance to schools – and school leaders in particular – around implementing a learning platform; the bit which bridges technologies, transformation and people.”

The ADOPT Framework was completed in July 2009 following several months of pilot work. It was written with both partners contributing on a pedagogical and technical level. It was then presented and put in context for other schools and local authorities. Feedback in and beyond Wolverhampton has been overwhelmingly positive.

Our ADOPT book, “The ADOPT Framework – Supporting schools to transform using the learning platform” will be published in January 2010.

Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning. It is Becta’s ambition to utilise the benefits of technology to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their potential.