Learnovate member, Radii, launches new venture

As part of the Learnovate remit it is our role to provide a central point for the EdTech industry in Ireland and to promote interaction between members. We are very pleased to announce that Radii through connections with Wriggle (both members) have launched a new venture ResearchExchange.com

ResearchExchange

ResearchExchange.com, the world’s first online marketplace for the research industry, with the express aim of transforming how market research is sourced and provided. The platform significantly cuts the time and cost that both buyers and suppliers spend sourcing each other, enabling them to connect on the right kind of briefs at the right time, providing an economic boost for the market research industry.
Through its unique and sophisticated algorithm, ResearchExchange.com enables buyers of market research to source, brief and commission well-matched research suppliers, as well as connecting suppliers to a pipeline of relevant new business opportunities. Through the platform, current and new buyers are also provided with intuitive tools to build highly bespoke research briefs, further empowering their ability to reach the most relevant research suppliers.

Congratulations to Greg and the team at Radii. We look forward to reporting many other successes here in the coming months.

Two Learnovate projects shortlisted for Global Awards

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, in partnership with The Wharton School SEI Center of the University of Pennsylvania joined forces in 2014 to launch the first global competition to identify the most innovative approaches in higher education to enhance learning and student employability.

The competition for this year has been fierce, with well over 500 completed and excellent projects submitted. We are very pleased to report that two of Learnovate’s projects are among those shortlisted to continue to the finals in Philadelphia. Skilltrack! and Almanac will be presented at the final awards, part of a three day Global Conference, running from December 7th to 9th.

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The emphasis of the conference is on fostering collaborations and partnerships among the world’s most active HE innovators globally. The aim to facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices, and learning from colleagues and experts from all over the world.
Speakers include:

  • William Rankin,
    Director of Learning, Apple
  • Jaime Casap,
    Chief Education Evangelist, Google
  • Jeremy Rifkin,
    Writer, economic and social theorist, political advisor and activist
  • John Katzman,
    Founder & CEO, Noodle Education

Learnovate’s Entries:

SkillTrack!

New technologies offer new and innovative learning opportunities for students which can help promote higher order skills. SkillTrack! focuses on scaffolding students to acquire ‘21st Century Skills’. However, such higher order skills have traditionally been very difficult to assess, SkillTrack adopts an innovative self-assessment approach to offer continuous assessment.
Solution:

  • Skills self assessment app for iOS, Android and Windows.
  • Teacher Dashboard: provides teachers with an intuitive dashboard to visualise their students understanding and application of skills.
  • Learning Analytics Service: applies Natural Language Processing (NLP) to provide insights into the understanding and application of skills.
  • Activity Builder: dynamically generates pedagogically scaffolded self assessment activities for students.

Almanac

Students are seeking forms of education support that align to their experiences outside education, including mobile, multimedia, on-demand and point-of-need learning
Solution:

  • Personalised just-in-time learning on mobile
  • Dynamic recomposition of content from multiple sources into bite-sized learning articles
  • Automated analysis of large content repositories to facilitate discovery and reuse of content
  • Real-time capture and analysis of just-in-time learning analytics




About QS
QS Quacquarelli Symonds was founded in 1990 and has established itself as the leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions. Activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2000 of the world’s leading higher education institutions and over 12,000 employers.
About Wharton
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognised globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students and a powerful alumni network of 94,000 graduates.

Innovation Showcase 2015

Enterprise Ireland and IDA have asked us to forward an Invitation to this year’s Innovation Showcase at the Dublin Convention Centre.
Details below, to register click here
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For further details visit www.innovationshowcase.ie

User Experience Researcher

Post User Experience Researcher
Contract Duration 9 Months full-time
Department Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics
Salary Researcher Scale at a point commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date: December 11th 2015

Summary

Candidates are invited to apply for the position of: User Experience Researcher. This post will have the primary responsibility of designing and developing user interfaces for next generation eLearning demonstrators on web-based, mobile, and tablet platforms. The work will be conducted in collaboration with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research team with the aim of developing innovative user interfaces for next-generation eLearning products.
Key elements of the role include:

  • Participate fully in the realisation of research projects from idea conception, through development to evaluation and user trials.
  • The design and development of user interfaces for web, mobile, and tablet platforms.
  • The integration of open-source and bespoke technology solutions into engaging and innovative user interfaces.
  • Working in a dynamic team with a willingness to take on new task and learn new skills.

Background to the Post

The Learnovate Centre is an Enterprise Ireland/IDA funded centre of excellence in eLearning. The centre brings together state of the art research in eLearning from our academic partners (Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, and Waterford Institute of Technology) with the real world business problems of our industry partners. Through focusing on the following four research themes the centre aims to develop innovative industry led eLearning solutions to benefit the Irish eLearning industry.

  • Social and informal learning
  • Mobile and collaborative learning
  • Immersive learning
  • Metrics and assessment

As part of the Learnovate Centre team the User Interface Developer will work across multiple projects to develop innovative interfaces to maximize the usability and industry impact of the projects.

Key Requirements

  • Proven experience in UI design for development of web-based and mobile apps.
  • Experience prototyping mobile apps for mobile platforms (iOS, Android, etc).
  • 4+ years experience in web design using HTML, CSS, JavaScript.
  • Proven graphical design experience.
  • Ability to design and conduct usability evaluations.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to prioritise own workload and work to exacting deadlines.
  • Flexible and adaptable in their approach to stakeholder needs.
  • Strong team player who is able to take responsibility to contribute to the overall success of the team.
  • Enthusiastic and structured approach to design and development.
  • Excellent problem solving abilities.
  • Desire to learn about new products, technologies and keep abreast of new product and technical developments.
  • Work well in both a team environment and independently.

Desirable

  • Experience with the development of eLearning software and/or knowledge of the pedagogical theories underpinning modern approaches to eLearning.
  • Experience with responsive web-frameworks e.g. Bootstrap, Foundation
  • Experience with visualisation libraries e.g. D3.js.
  • Experience working in a research driven working environment
  • Enthusiasm for the commercialisation of research.

Please Note: No expenses will be paid in travelling to interview.

Department Summary
The School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin offers a high quality educational experience to undergraduate and postgraduate students along with exceptional research opportunities for professionals in the fields of computer science and statistics. The school is proud of its reputation as an innovative and energetic centre for study and research.
The research interests of the school are wide and varied, ranging from the theoretical to the practical. The schools researchers are at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, working on prestigious research projects with other professionals in their fields, and with access to significant public and private funding and industry support.

Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. On today’s campus, state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities, stand alongside historic buildings on a city-centre 47-acre campus. Trinity College Dublin is currently ranked 43rd in the top world universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement Global University Rankings 2009 and 13th in Europe. Trinity College Dublin offers a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science and human, social and health sciences. As Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. TCD has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. TCD has developed significant international strength in its research in eight major themes which include globalisation; cancer; genetics; neuroscience; immunology and infection; communications and intelligent systems; nano and materials science as well as Irish culture and the creative arts. TCD aims to become the world reference point in at least one of these areas of research in the next 10 years

Application Procedure
Candidates are asked to submit a covering letter and a full CV to include the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible) to:
Dr Martyn Farrows, Centre Director,
Learnovate Centre, Unit 28, Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353-1-896-4912
Email: martyn.farrows@learnovatecentre.org

Please also CC application to:
Brenda McGuirk, Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science, TCD Email: mcguirbr@scss.tcd.ie

Researcher Technical Lead

Post Researcher Technical Lead
Contract Duration 9 Months full-time
Department Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics
Salary Researcher Scale at a point commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date: December 11th 2015

Summary

Candidates are invited to apply for the position of Researcher Technical Lead. This post will have the primary responsibility of researching and developing next-generation eLearning demonstrators on web-based, mobile, and tablet platforms. The development work will be conducted in collaboration with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research team with the aim of developing innovative user interfaces for next-generation eLearning products.

Principal Duties:

  • The research and development of next-generation eLearning demonstrators
  • Provide technical leadership on applied research projects
  • Working in a dynamic team with a willingness to take on new tasks and learn new skills
  • Working in especially close collaboration with the Pedagogy and UX team
  • Meeting and liaising with Industry Partners
  • Writing and management of technical reports
  • Participate fully in the realisation of research projects from idea conception, through development to evaluation and user trials.

Key Requirements

  • Minimum of five years software development experience in an academic or industrial R&D setting (essential)
  • Proven track record in the development of system architectures and systems integration
  • Experience developing innovative educational technology solutions would be a significant advantage
  • Honours degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar, technical discipline
  • System development and integration experience with one or more of the following:
    – Web application development
    – Service Oriented Architectures
    – Mobile development
  • Proven aptitude for Programming, System Analysis and Design using some or all of the following:
    – Java, Javascript/AJAX/JQuery, Python, MySQL, XML, HTML5, CSS
  • Excellent analytical and software design skills
  • Enthusiastic and structured approach to systems development and testing
  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Fluent in English with excellent verbal and presentation skills
  • Excellent written skills, experience in technical writing an advantage
  • Proven ability to prioritise own workload and work to exacting deadlines
  • Flexible and adaptable in responding to stakeholder needs
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be a team player who is able to take responsibility to contribute to the overall success of the multidisciplinary team
  • Desire to learn about new products, technologies and keep abreast of new product and technical developments
  • Work well in both a team environment and independently.

Desirable

  • Experience with the development of eLearning software and/or knowledge of the pedagogical theories unpinning modern approaches to eLearning
    3+ years of Java programming
  • Experience working in a research driven working environment
  • Enthusiasm for the commercialisation of research

Background to the Post
The Learnovate Centre is an Enterprise Ireland/IDA funded centre of excellence in learning technologies. The centre brings together state of the art research from our academic partners (Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, and Waterford Institute of Technology) with the real world business problems of our industry partners. Through focussing on the following four research themes the centre aims to develop innovative industry led eLearning solutions to benefit the Irish eLearning industry.

  • Social and informal learning
  • Mobile and collaborative learning
  • Immersive learning
  • Metrics and assessment

Department Summary
The School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin offers a high quality educational experience to undergraduate and postgraduate students along with exceptional research opportunities for professionals in the fields of computer science and statistics. The school is proud of its reputation as an innovative and energetic centre for study and research.
The research interests of the school are wide and varied, ranging from the theoretical to the practical. The schools researchers are at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, working on prestigious research projects with other professionals in their fields, and with access to significant public and private funding and industry support.

Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. On today’s campus, state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities, stand alongside historic buildings on a city-centre 47-acre campus. Trinity College Dublin is currently ranked 43rd in the top world universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement Global University Rankings 2009 and 13th in Europe. Trinity College Dublin offers a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science and human, social and health sciences. As Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. TCD has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. TCD has developed significant international strength in its research in eight major themes which include globalisation; cancer; genetics; neuroscience; immunology and infection; communications and intelligent systems; nano and materials science as well as Irish culture and the creative arts. TCD aims to become the world reference point in at least one of these areas of research in the next 10 years

Application Procedure
Candidates are asked to submit a covering letter and a full CV to include the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible) to:
Dr Martyn Farrows, Centre Director,
Learnovate Centre, Unit 28, Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353-1-896-4912
Email: martyn.farrows@learnovatecentre.org

Please also CC application to:
Brenda McGuirk, Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science, TCD Email: mcguirbr@scss.tcd.ie