QS Quacquarelli Symonds, in partnership with The Wharton School SEI Center of the University of Pennsylvania joined forces in 2014 to launch the first global competition to identify the most innovative approaches in higher education to enhance learning and student employability.

The competition for this year has been fierce, with well over 500 completed and excellent projects submitted. We are very pleased to report that two of Learnovate’s projects are among those shortlisted to continue to the finals in Philadelphia. Skilltrack! and Almanac will be presented at the final awards, part of a three day Global Conference, running from December 7th to 9th.


The emphasis of the conference is on fostering collaborations and partnerships among the world’s most active HE innovators globally. The aim to facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices, and learning from colleagues and experts from all over the world.
Speakers include:

  • William Rankin,
    Director of Learning, Apple
  • Jaime Casap,
    Chief Education Evangelist, Google
  • Jeremy Rifkin,
    Writer, economic and social theorist, political advisor and activist
  • John Katzman,
    Founder & CEO, Noodle Education

Learnovate’s Entries:


New technologies offer new and innovative learning opportunities for students which can help promote higher order skills. SkillTrack! focuses on scaffolding students to acquire ‘21st Century Skills’. However, such higher order skills have traditionally been very difficult to assess, SkillTrack adopts an innovative self-assessment approach to offer continuous assessment.

  • Skills self assessment app for iOS, Android and Windows.
  • Teacher Dashboard: provides teachers with an intuitive dashboard to visualise their students understanding and application of skills.
  • Learning Analytics Service: applies Natural Language Processing (NLP) to provide insights into the understanding and application of skills.
  • Activity Builder: dynamically generates pedagogically scaffolded self assessment activities for students.


Students are seeking forms of education support that align to their experiences outside education, including mobile, multimedia, on-demand and point-of-need learning

  • Personalised just-in-time learning on mobile
  • Dynamic recomposition of content from multiple sources into bite-sized learning articles
  • Automated analysis of large content repositories to facilitate discovery and reuse of content
  • Real-time capture and analysis of just-in-time learning analytics

About QS
QS Quacquarelli Symonds was founded in 1990 and has established itself as the leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions. Activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2000 of the world’s leading higher education institutions and over 12,000 employers.
About Wharton
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognised globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students and a powerful alumni network of 94,000 graduates.