Rackspace Cloud University Earns Bronze Brandon Hall Learning Excellence Award

Rackspace Cloud University (CloudU) earned a bronze award for excellence in the Best Custom Content category on September 10 as part of the 20th Annual Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards.

CloudU is a free vendor-neutral cloud education program developed by Rackspace and industry analysts for students, business decision makers and IT professionals who want to learn about the cloud and related topics. Since moving the program to a social learning management system (LMS) this year and adding new course offerings in the form of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the program has averaged over 1,000 new registered users every month.

We’re very pleased to be recognized by the Brandon Hall Group in the Best Custom Content category. We collaborate with the brightest minds in academia and the cloud industry to create unique and engaging learning experiences for the global CloudU audience and we feel this award is a reflection of those efforts.

The award-winning entries – the updated CloudU Certification program and Introduction to Web Hosting MOOC – were evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Fit the need
  • Program design
  • Functionality
  • Overall measurable benefits

The Brandon Hall Group is a preeminent research and analyst firm with data and expertise in learning and development, talent management, leadership, talent acquisition and human resources. Now entering its 20th year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is considered the most prestigious awards program in the learning industry. The awards, often referred to as the “Academy Awards” by learning, talent and business executives, recognize the best organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems and tools that have achieved measurable results.

Entries for the award were judged by a select panel of industry professionals, including Brandon Hall Executive Leadership, university professors, business and technology executives and instructional designers from corporations, nonprofits and government organizations around the globe. Check out the complete list of winners here: http://go.brandonhall.com/past_award_winners

“I’m honored to recognize this group of elite organizations with phenomenal programs across Human Capital Management (HCM) functions. The winners truly exemplified excellence around the critical business dimensions across the award categories, including a high standard of performance in their organization and demonstrated clear, measurable business results through these innovative programs,” said Rachel Cooke, COO of Brandon Hall Group.

Steven Villarreal was a Senior Learning & Development Strategist for Rackspace. He spent his time collaborating with content contributors inside and outside of Rackspace developing vendor neutral content for the CloudU program. When he’s not in meetings, he can be found researching the latest adult learning trends and technology.

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