EFMD’s Online Teaching Academy takes gold in QS Awards for European Region

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We are delighted to announce that EFMD’s Online Teaching Academy (OTA), with the support of Imperial College Business School and IE Business School, won the top award for the European Region at the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)-Wharton Reimagine Education Awards and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

The QS Reimagine Education Awards serve as a platform to recognise and celebrate the pioneers of education across the world, fostering a vibrant community of innovators committed to redefining learning and employability for future generations. With 17 diverse awards categories, the awards honour the most transformative and forward-thinking programs, technologies, and pedagogical approaches that are revolutionising education.

‘Receiving the European gold award for EFMD’s Online Teaching Academy with the support of Imperial College Business School and IE Business Schools is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pioneering online education solutions that empower learners and drive meaningful impact,’ said Griet Houbrechts, Director of Professional Development Services at EFMD Global. ‘We are honoured to be acknowledged for our joint efforts in shaping the future of education and look forward to continuing our journey of innovation and excellence.’

QS Reimagine Education Awards

The mission of the QS Reimagine Education Awards is to highlight innovative approaches to enhancing learning outcomes and employability for a billion future learners. The framework revolves around the future of work, universities, and learning, viewed through the lenses of sustainability and values. The awards strive to create a transformative impact on the education landscape globally.

Each year, the awards receive over 1200 submissions from around the globe, which undergo a rigorous evaluation process by a panel of 500+ international expert judges.

‘We are honoured to receive this prestigious award for our Online Teaching Academy. This recognition is a testament to our dedication to enhancing online teaching and the transformative effect our programme has on faculty and students worldwide,’ said Sarah Grant, Director of the IDEA Lab at Imperial College Business School. ‘We’re proud of this acknowledgement and remain dedicated to shaping immersive and engaging online business education.’

‘I am thrilled that our joint project “The Online Teaching Academy (OTA)” has received such great recognition. It’s been a real pleasure for me to work with the EFMD team and Sarah Grant from Imperial College Business School all these years,” said Martín Rodríguez, General Manager of IE Lifelong Learning & Digital Learning at IE University. “Since its conception, the OTA has served as a platform to share best practices and our learnings about online teaching, and this effort has been rewarded by the profound impact it has on a high number of business schools across the globe. Being honoured with the QS Reimagine Education Award reflects our commitment to high-quality education and learning innovation.’

Online Teaching Academy

EFMD’s Online Teaching Academy (OTA) is a certified professional development programme designed to equip faculty, early-career researchers, and learning design professionals with the theoretical and practical tools to design effective online or blended learning experiences based on sound learning-design principles, best practices, and trends.

With the support of Imperial College Business School and IE Business School, the OTA aims to nurture online and blended course design skills, teach the concepts of interaction, assessment, feedback, and learning analytics in an online learning sphere, and provide opportunities to network with the global learning community and facilitators.

  • Learn more about the next Online Teaching Academy during a free info session with experienced facilitators that will take place online on 14 March 2024.

  • Register for the next Online Teaching Academy that will take place online from 20-24 May and at Catolica-Lisbon Business School in Lisbon, Portugal, between 27-29 May 2024.

For additional insights, announcements and perspectives about the Online Teaching Academy, visit the conversation here.