This week, it’s the week of the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. There are nearly 1,000 people gathered in the Gold Coast to learn together about Microsoft’s future strategy, from both a technology and market perspective. (From a distance, you can get a bit of a flavour by seeing what people have been tweeting about).
The conference opened last night with the announcement of the winners of the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards, including the Education Partner of the Year. The finalists for the education awards were Dimension Data, Janison and OBS.
As I was on the judging panel for the awards, I know just how hard it was to separate out the finalists, because the entries were all great case studies about the work that our partners had been doing to help improve teaching and learning across all education sectors in Australia. But, as with all awards, we eventually had to separate out three finalists, and then an intensive internal discussion led us to a winner.
And the winner is…
The winner for the Education Partner of the Year was Janison, for their work on using the Cloud to deliver online Science assessment exams to students in New South Wales Department for Education and Training.
And here’s what the judging panel had to say about Janison’s award:
|The entry demonstrated that even the smallest companies, with the right mix of innovation and obsession, can deliver solutions which allow our joint education customers to innovate in their core tasks of enabling teaching, learning and assessment. Janison’s Cloud Assessment Framework, based on the Microsoft Windows Azure system, has laid the groundwork for all of our partners to enjoy greater success in the Australian educational technology market. With 40,000 students in New South Wales taking their annual Science exams online through the pilot, and 80,000 students from 600 schools due to take part in October 2011, it’s clear that Janison have now changed the game for student assessment.|