|Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015|
|Bluedrop Wins Prestigious Brandon Hall Excellence Award in Learning Technology|
DreamBuilder Elearning Initiative Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Chile and Peru
St. John’s, NL, Canada – Bluedrop Learning Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc.
(Bluedrop) (TSX-V: BPL) continues to receive accolades for excellence in learning technology.
“Thunderbird has worked for ten years to create practical business education curriculums for women
entrepreneurs in emerging markets, but being able to incorporate this level of innovative elearning
technology into our work is a game-changer. Our reach has now increased exponentially.”
"The award-winning initiatives and the skill and strategy that went into them are inspiring. The innovation
represented by these winners can serve as models for success for many others that strive to push their
organizations to the next level.”
Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in workplace training for individuals, corporations,
military personnel and the public sector. Launched in 2004, Bluedrop leverages its expertise in workforce
development and has been recognized as a thought leader globally. From this recognition, Bluedrop has made
commitments to work with organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative.
Brandon Hall Group, Inc.
With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services,
Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance
improvement industry. They conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for
executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Thunderbird School of Global Management Thunderbird is one of the world’s leading schools of international
business with nearly 70 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and
social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the
world. Through the “Thunderbird for Good” initiative, the school has provided business education to over
107,000 women entrepreneurs across 26 different countries. Thunderbird School of Global Management is a
unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise. www.thunderbird.edu
Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S based natural resource company with an industry leading global portfolio of mineral assets, significant oil and gas resources and a growing production profile. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation fully sponsored the development of DreamBuilder and is committed to supporting the education and growth of women entrepreneurs in the communities where they operate and beyond. www.fcx.com
Director of Corporate Communications
Bluedrop Learning Networks
Director of Corporate CommunicationsBACKGROUNDER
What is DreamBuilder?
DreamBuilder was designed specifically to serve women entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional classroom learning. Based on Thunderbird’s curriculum and research, the reality of the women entrepreneurs in Latin America was considered and addressed during program design. This included tackling the challenges of low bandwidth, the lack of digital literacy, the cultural importance of relationships, and the overall need for practical, easy-to-understand business instruction.
DreamBuilder’s design takes into account the lack of high-speed Internet access found in many areas of Latin America. By leveraging the new advancements in streaming technology from cloud-based providers, coupled with geo-local caching of multi-media resources, the videos and animations are incorporated directly into the courseware with minimal impact on bandwidth.
To ensure that all learners, including students that are new to computing, could take advantage of DreamBuilder, the program uses simple, straightforward navigation with an appealing design.
How is Freeport-McMoRan providing opportunities for women with DreamBuilder?
Freeport-McMoRan is committed to investing in sustainable community development efforts, especially those that increase education and economic opportunities for citizens in their operating communities. Through community partnerships in Chile and Peru, Freeport-McMoRan provides women, with the unique opportunity to participate in the DreamBuilder entrepreneurship program.
More information regarding Freeport-McMoRan’s community sustainability initiatives and support for women’s development is available at www.freeportinmycommunity.com
How is DreamBuilder unique from other online learning programs?
People make time for things they enjoy. By leveraging the use of interactive games and videos, online learning becomes fun for the women who take time out of their busy schedules to participate. Using a TELL, SHOW, DO, APPLY teaching methodology for DreamBuilder ensures the participants understand and use their new skills.
More information available at http://dreambuilder.org/methodology/
When will DreamBuilder be available in North America?
In June 2013, the decision to create an English-language version of DreamBuilder for the North American market which was announced by Secretary Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America.
In September 2013 at the White House's Equal Futures meeting, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Small Business Administration would be piloting DreamBuilder in its Women's Business Centers.
DreamBuilder in Spanish is currently available in the United States. An English version of the program will be available in March 2015.
Additional information is available at http://dreambuilder.org