Jewel & Esk Valley College and Sysnet were today announced as finalists in the prestigious IM2002 Awards with www.2LC.info, going head to head with intranet projects from Lloyds TSB, British Red Cross and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
2LC Local Colleges:Learning Choices is a ground-breaking web site, which is playing a key role in a nationwide initiative to increase student retention at further education establishments.
Designed, developed and delivered by Sysnet, 2LC.info encourages users to understand and match their needs with potential colleges and courses. It is unique in that it builds a user's learning profile which can be shared with college guidance staff, leading to more effective interviews and hopefully better course placements.
2LC.info will ultimately provide a single point of access to Scotland's FE colleges and present students with live course lists drawn from each college's website, safely and securely.
Apart from the general public, the site will be used by a supporting network of community organisations such as Careers Scotland, libraries, schools and local support groups.
Since its launch in June 2002, 2LC has received praise as an imaginative and practical tool that breaks down some of the traditional barriers to learning by providing practical information, presented in plain english with an interesting and informative style of delivery.
Speaking today about the IM2002 Awards, programme coordinators Elan Conferences stated "The Information Management Awards are the premier industry recognition of excellence and innovation in the management of business information and knowledge in an e-business environment. 11 of the 16 awards are for end-user projects, so the awards reflect success in real-world applications. This is one of the reasons why the IM Awards have become highly valued within the IT and business world."
Sysnet and the Jewel & Esk Valley College consortium will have to wait until the December for the IM2002 Awards Ceremony which will be held in the Great Room of the Grosvenor Hotel in Greater London.
2LC.info has been developed using Scottish Further Education Council funding in partnership with a consortium of colleges, led by Jewel and Esk Valley College and including West Lothian College, Stevenson College, Edinburgh's Telford College, Oatridge College, Careers Scotland and Standard Life.