SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--lynda.com, an online learning company, has won the Return on Education (ROE) Overall Award from Arizona State University, the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and GSV Advisors — hosts of the Education Innovation Summit. The award was given Wednesday night at the Summit’s closing night awards dinner.
More than 1,500 Education Innovation Summit attendees voted for winners in 11 award categories. The Overall Award was decided by voting attendees and the 30-person conference council, which includes some of the world’s top thinkers in education technology from higher education, K–12, research, corporate and investment institutions.
“It’s exciting to see the remarkable innovation that's transforming the world into a learning society, and lynda.com is leading the way,” said Deborah Quazzo, managing partner at GSV Advisors. “The Return on Education Award represents the companies that have the most scale and impact in delivering learner outcomes that enable more people to be prepared to participate in the future.”
lynda.com received the award for its innovative approach to providing high-quality, affordable education to millions of people. With more than 90,000 videos in its online library, lynda.com teaches software, technology, creative and business skills for professional and personal growth.
“The Education Innovation Summit has hosted some incredible minds this week, and we are humbled to be honored by our peers and the Summit leadership,” said Lynda Weinman, lynda.com co-founder and executive chair. “At lynda.com we take great pride in providing an online library that opens doors to millions of people wanting to achieve their goals. We are proud to be among some of the most innovative companies recognized this week for shaping education technology.”
ROE Award winners were measured by the following criteria:
- Significantly increase access to education
- Greatly reduce the cost for learners and/or learning institutions
- Dramatically improve learning outcomes
- Provide substantial leverage to learning leaders (teachers, professors)
- Make a sustainable and scaled impact
lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, more than two million people have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts and filmed at the company's 12-acre, state-of-the-art campus in Carpinteria, California. The company also provides German-, French- and Spanish-language content under the video2brain brand name. Founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1997, lynda.com is led by co-founders Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin and president and CEO Eric Robison. Learn more about the lynda.com story at www.lynda.com/press and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lynda.
About Arizona State University
Arizona State University is a New American University, and one of the nation’s premier metropolitan public research universities. ASU pursues research and discovery that contributes to the public good, and assumes major responsibility for global challenges as well as the needs of the surrounding community. With more than 73,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes.
About Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation is a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to apply Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen’s theories of disruptive innovation to develop and promote solutions to the most vexing problems in the social sector.
About GSV Advisors
GSV Advisors is a modern merchant bank dedicated to helping education entrepreneurs and growth companies connect with value-added, strategic investors and partners to enable their ideas to become the next market-leading businesses. A key part of our mission is to re-imagine what education is—with a bias toward innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and others who look at learning differently.