The 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology: Online Trading Academy, partnered with Zavango Corporation Wins Silver

Irvine, CA, December 7, 2015 - Online Trading Academy, a leader in innovative global financial education products and services, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group silver award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category. Online Trading Academy’s win was announced on December 3, 2015.

Online Trading Academy, based in Irvine California since 1997, has recently added video-based online learning and very detailed analytics to help deliver a world-class self-paced online educational experience for its students, a community of over 200,000 investors that have learned to trade and invest in various financial markets with the skill and confidence of professional traders.

The goals of this endeavor were to achieve greater student engagement and satisfaction as well as better insight in learning pace and actual learning outcomes. The video-learning offering is not a replacement of existing classroom activities, but an enrichment based on latest technologies and standards such as expected by customers. The addition of video learning content with assessment creates a complete experience for the student to engage in a highly effective online learning environment. The learning platform employs sophisticated tracking tools to protect Online Trading Academy’s valuable intellectual property and the student’s investment in education content.

Online Trading Academy’s content offerings used in conjunction with Zavango’s Engage Platform have tremendous potential to alleviate a student’s need to attend specific scheduled events. The ability to experience educational content at convenient times is attractive to new students and frees up existing students to learn and enjoy the experience at their own pace.

“By offering highly engaging media with assessments built in, we are truly giving our students a world class learning experience to help them develop financial skills that will enrich their lives – for life. Our students appreciate the high quality content, ease of navigation and protection of their educational investment with the watermarking feature,” said Gene Longobardi, Chief Operating Officer. “The ease of content and assessment creation combined with the analytics offered by the Zavango Engage platform has enabled us to streamline the development process and bring more valuable learning resources to our students.”

“Our award winners are the most visionary and innovative developers of HCM technology solutions that move organizations forward in serving employees, customers and investors,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, who runs the awards program. “I think everyone can learn from the achievements of our award recipients.”

“These award-winning solutions were closely evaluated by our judges for not only their innovation, but the real results they brought to the organizations,” Brandon Hall Group Chief Executive Office Mike Cooke said. “That is what makes our technology awards program special – connecting creativity and innovation to direct business results.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

This is the second recognition Online Trading Academy has received this week, having been named one of Orange County California’s Top Workplaces for the second year in a row by the Orange County Register and Workplace Dynamics.

About Online Trading Academy

Online Trading Academy helps their students take control of their financial future. Their patented Core Strategy empowers traders and investors to make smarter decisions. Students learn under the guidance of experienced traders in a hands-on, learn-by-doing classroom setting. In the Professional Trader course, students learn trading skills and then practice trading live, in the classroom, without paying commissions or risking their own capital by using Online Trading Academy’s money.

Online Trading Academy offers instruction from experienced industry professionals, as well as a wide array of beneficial home study materials to supplement classroom study. Over 200,000 investors have experienced Online Trading Academy’s Education with classrooms in 38 locations that include: Phoenix, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Norwalk, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Ridgefield Park, New York City, Long Island, Charlotte, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee in the U.S. and international locations in Dubai, London, Singapore, Jakarta, Mumbai, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information, visit:

About Zavango Corporation

Zavango creates software for modern learning. The award winning Zavango Engage platform gives you everything you need to create, manage, deliver and measure learning using video and other content types. The company’s products enable organizations to make their employees and customers be more effective, focused and successful. The company was founded in 2013 by a team of experienced executives from the learning and knowledge management industry. Zavango operates globally with offices in Montreal, Canada, and in The Hague, The Netherlands.

About 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. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs.

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