Allen Communication Learning Services Wins Silver in Brandon Hall’s Excellence in Learning Awards

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SALT LAKE CITY (September 25, 2007) — Allen Communication Learning Services further strengthens their reputation as a leader in innovative learning by winning a coveted Brandon Hall Silver Award for excellence in the Best Custom Content category.

Allen was recognized during a ceremony and reception held on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 in Santa Clara, Calif., as part of the 2007 Innovations in Learning Conference, held September 24-26. The winners are listed at

Allen submitted to the Best Custom Content category a self-paced online course for healthcare employees and patients. The course taught learners, both healthcare providers and patients as well as researchers, how to use and navigate a crucial database: the HCUP database. The publicly available course can be viewed at The ease of navigation, interactivity, and the hip, fresh look of the course elevates it beyond typical healthcare training.

The criteria were based on seven areas of interest: usability of course, applicable information, supporting media, interactivity, practice sessions aligning with lessons learned, engagement, and the overall impression of the course. Another requirement to win the award dictated that the courseware be at least 50 percent custom, which didn’t present an issue for Allen since all courses designed are 100 percent custom.

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards are presented annually by Brandon Hall Research, one of the leading research firms in training and development. Now in its thirteenth year, the Awards program showcases exceptional work in the use of learning technology.

“We are thrilled with the quality and creativity of this year’s winning entries,” said Brandon Hall, Ph.D., chairman of the Awards program. “These winners represent the cutting edge of innovative learning.”

Entries were submitted in the categories of Best Custom Content, Best Innovation in Learning Technology, Best Blended Learning Program, Best Learning Team, Best Results of a Learning Program, and Best Use of Emerging Technology. A total of 256 entries were originally submitted. The entries were evaluated by independent judges around the world.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from Brandon Hall. It helps us measure how effectively we’re helping our clients meet their learners at their needs,” stated Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen. In accepting the award, Mr. Zamir said, “The award shows us instructional design is not only still highly valued, but that it’s alive and well in Salt Lake City, Utah.”


About Brandon Hall:

Brandon Hall, Ph.D. is the CEO of Brandon Hall Research and author of the ground-breaking “Web-Based Training Cookbook.” Since 1992, Brandon Hall Research ( has been providing independent research reports and expert advice on using technology in learning. Brandon Hall Research conducts the Awards program each year to recognize the best in innovative learning. To honor the Award winners Brandon Hall Research hosts the Awards ceremony and reception in conjunction with its Innovations in Learning Conference.

About Allen:

For over 25 years, Allen Communication Learning Services ( has helped improve the training processes and methods of numerous Fortune 500 companies. With a rich history in training that started with the introduction of the world’s first commercial interactive videodisc system, today the company is recognized as a leading provider of custom learning solutions. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Allen’s mission is to align organizations’ training initiatives with their business objectives by developing the optimal learning solution for each organization.

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