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Aug 2019

Kineo in for double Brandon Hall Gold Excellence awards win


We are proud to have picked up not one, but two Brandon Hall Gold Excellence awards for our work with the California Academy of Sciences. We have been granted Gold in both Best use of blended learning and Best advance in competency and skills training categories.

The Excellence Awards feature two annual programs - a Spring program and a Fall program - that recognize the best organizations that have successfully developed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results. The awards attract entrants from learning corporations around the world, as well as mid-market and smaller firms.

Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.


Training with Adapt

The Kineo-produced training uses Adapt, which maintains a high level of user interactivity within a single continuous page that guides SAC educators to advance with buttons sparingly and more strategically. Videos are embedded into the course for a more focused viewing experience, but content is still accessed directly from third parties to accommodate licensing and permissions.

As a result of this collaborative project, SAC has grown its reach from just two clubs in San Francisco in 2011 to hundreds of clubs in more than 400 cities and towns across the country. Evaluation findings show significant levels of increased youth interest, engagement, and value of STEM.

Laura Herszenhorn, Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement at the California Academy of Sciences, said about the project:

“We are so grateful to Kineo for their creativity and commitment to quality! They approached every design challenge with enthusiasm and applied innovative solutions to help us produce courses that are fun, easy to use, and deeply relevant to the need of our educators all across the country.”

Steve Lowenthal, Head of Kineo US had this to say:

“We’re delighted to have been selected for two Brandon Hall Gold Excellence Awards. The California Academy of Sciences project displays a high level of collaboration, delivery and growth. We’re very proud of the work we do at Kineo and it’s great to be recognized for exciting and engaging project such as this.”

Find out more

Check out the full California Academy of Sciences case study here.

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