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College innovation recognised in the Learning Excellence Awards

Work undertaken by Pembrokeshire College to create a voice-assisted app that seamlessly integrates voice-to-text and text-to-voice interactions recently picked up two awards in the Learning Excellence Awards 2022.

Now in their second year, the Learning Excellence Awards are designed to recognise excellence across the breadth of training, learning and development activities provided by companies – whether in-house, or through professional training/learning organisations.

Attracting a high standard of entries that were both national and international in their origin and scope, the College submitted entries in two categories; Learning Tools and Technology, and Mobile Learning. Up against entries from companies including Rolls-Royce and Lingua TV, the College’s innovative use of technology to provide a learning solution impressed the judges and saw the College announced as overall winner in both categories.

The Audactive app and platform has been developed in partnership with specialist voice-based technology company, WellSource Limited with the overall plan being to design and build the app, trial it in various educational contexts and use the feedback to improve Audactive to the point of being a viable product.

Once rolled-out, the Audactive app will enable learners to listen to a document, pause, and dictate their own notes at any point. Audactive reads out embedded question prompts and then waits for the learner to dictate their answer before moving on.

So far the app has been trialled with hundreds of learners across the UK with very positive reviews, especially from those with additional learning needs and those learning English.

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