Learnovate Y3 Core Funded Projects

Assessment 2020
K12
The focus on K-12 students to acquire ‘21st Century Skills’ is increasingly impacting on teaching practice, curriculum design and delivery. However, such higher order skills have traditionally been very difficult to assess.
At the same time, new technologies offer new and innovative learning opportunities for students which can help promote higher order skills e.g. Social, Informal, Non-Formal, Adaptive and Gamification.
This project will address the problem of ‘assessment’ for 21st Century Skills where technology can be/is being used to promote learning innovation.
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Business Competence Analytics
Corporate
Current practice in corporate training analytics has been based on monitoring the behaviour of learners across various learning platforms. However, this type of monitoring has been challenging for organisations for a number of reasons.
These include the multitude and diversity of learning platforms, and the measurement of statistical behaviours that don’t translate into actionable metrics. Interoperability issues aside, diversity in platforms can mean diversity in analytics. Moreover, monitoring statistical measures such as clicks per page or quiz completion rate has not necessarily mapped back to useful business competence analytics.
Thus, there is a need for technology which will consider type of competencies such as critical thinking or task-specific skills and deliver a mapping of such competencies to actionable analytics.
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ELMM (Enterprise Learning Maturity Model)
Corporate
Adoption and embedding of learning technology in organisations represents a significant investment. However there exists currently no clearly understood framework for evolution in the adoption of learning technologies. This means it is very difficult for organisations using learning technology to see the benefits of evolving to ever more sophisticated and effective levels of learning practice within the organisation.
This project will address the challenge of identifying different stages in the embedding of best practice in learning technology adoption as well as enumeration of the business benefits of that adoption. The framework will identify aspects of maturity of learning technology adoption such as stages, practices, technology choices, business benefits and levels of integration within business practices/processes.
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IPAAS (IP as a service)
All Sectors
The first objective is to develop an approach to ease selection and application of existing Learnovate components for adoption by Industry partners. This ‘IP Packaging’ research will focus on developing standards for highly usable APIs that will be applied through example packaging for existing content reuse components. The packaging of non-service-based IP such as UI/UX innovation, visualisation, and instructional design, will also be considered.
A further objective of this project is to conduct an internal review of previous Learnovate projects that have applied content reuse technology. This review will ascertain both the current capabilities of the technologies as well as identifying the current challenges in reusing existing (legacy) content. The first 3 months of this project will be used to establish the criteria for effective API design and deployment, as well as identifying opportunities and gaps in Learnovate’s content reuse offerings.
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Donald H Taylor – Enterprise Learning Technology and the Changing Role of L&D

The final 2013 seminar in the Learnovate Lunchtime Series turned out to be a very successful event. The Neil Hoey Theatre in the Trinity Long Room Hub provided an excellent contemporary space for members and associates of members to take in the presentations of the three speakers.
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Lynda Donovon, Prof. Vinny Wade, Don Taylor and Martyn Farrows during the Q&A session
Prof. Vinny Wade, the Academic Director for the Learnovate Centre gave a short introductory presentation to famliarise the audience with the growth in membership at the centre (40+ members), and the work we do. He went on to discuss the strong, world-class academic research arsenal available to the centre and the current research themes being investigated. Vinny also gave insight to Learnovate’s position as part of the larger research initiatives within Trinity College, Dublin.

Don Taylor, chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) was the keynote for the day, all enjoyed his insightful presentation. Don’s presentation included interactive sessions with the audience and saw the birth of a new L&D phrase “learning on the hoof”!
Don talked about three emerging themes for 2014 based on research from the recent LPI report “The LPI Capability Map”.
1. The maturing and widening of delivery methods including the proliferation of video and mobile.
2. The rise of the networked individual, the cloud, personalised delivery and open access are all features of employees’ connectivity now. This means L&D need to have the “Netflix” approach, available and personalized across all different formats.
3. The demanding business, Human Capital is one of the biggest global challenges across the world, yet HR Departments are seen as one of the most inflexible areas in organisations. The writing is on the wall, to succeed L&D departments will need to get out of what Don calls the Training Ghetto and become a lot more agile.
A copy of The LPI Capability Map can downloaded here.

The final presentation was from Lynda Donovan, Pedagogical Lead at the centre. Lynda’s presentation complemented Don’s, bringing a grounded aspect to the proceedings, by demonstrating the work both completed and planned by Learnovate, and how it related to current L&D thinking.
In twenty minutes Lynda gave an insightful overview of the current and emerging challenges facing HR and L&D departments, and how technological/pedagogical innovations can assist.
The presentation looked at the lifecycle of employees over five stages; Recruitment, Onboarding, Performance Support, Performance Management/Succession Planning and Development. By way of illustration Lynda matched each of the five stages to projects and research outputs from the Learnovate Centre, concluding with reference to two of the year three projects from Learnovate that will further focus on corporate learning and development. Lynda’s presentation can be downloaded here.

After the presentations and a Q&A session hosted by Jonny Parkes, Chairman of Learnovate, the audience retired upstairs to the informal meeting space in the Hub. Here the discussions and networking continued over light lunch. All in all we have received very positive feedback on the event and look forward to developing it as an annual event.