Kennesaw State University named a finalist for state technology award


Coles College recognized for online executive education partnership with Panasonic

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 3, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has been chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Excalibur Awards given by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry.

Winners are selected from among the finalists and will be officially recognized at the 2016 Excalibur Awards ceremony on Oct. 21 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

The annual Excalibur Awards celebrates Georgia companies and organizations that demonstrate the best use of technology, typically provided by a third party, to solve complex issues and processes in business and education. Tech-enabled companies that develop their own non-commercial technology solutions to enhance their organizations are also considered for the awards.

Kennesaw State was selected from among more than 60 applications submitted by companies and organizations from across Georgia. KSU was chosen as a TAG Excalibur Awards finalist for an executive education program the Michael J. Coles College of Business designed for Panasonic Automotive Systems of America (PASA).

Panasonic executives are able to take leadership and professional development training online, utilizing the same platform the Coles College employs for its digital badge programs. The program, built in partnership with BPI Global Consulting and Jubi, Inc., delivered the content directly to the PASA executives’ smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.

“The executive education program integrated innovation training with the best practices in gamification, micro-learning and mobile technology,” said Dan Stotz, director of online executive education for the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Gamification is the application of game-playing elements – such as competition against other people and points awarded for correct answers – to engage and motivate the participants to achieve their goals. The program promotes not only competition among the executives, but also collaboration so they can learn from their peers.

“The program design team converted the educational content into gamified, bite-sized chunks and added frequent, low-stakes testing that improved memory and learning,” Stotz said. “We used a play-practice-purpose approach that dramatically improved the executive’s knowledge and skills for designing game-changing innovations.”

“We are truly pleased to honor the recipients of the 2016 Excalibur Awards,” said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG. “This year’s competition was fierce, as we had our largest and best group of entrees since our event’s origin. We believe celebrating these tech-enabled companies and organizations strengthens our message of Georgia’s emerging position as a national leader in technology.”

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About the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information, visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at

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2016 Excalibur Awards


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit