It was this scenario that got him thinking of other situations where third parties assist a learner after the official training with an instructor, coach or teacher is completed. Greg believed he could develop a digital product that would create personalised learning content and decided to investigate developing it initially within the driving training market.
He asked Learnovate to help him discover how to put this structure in place, and how to translate the product to other industries. The resulting work by Learnovate formed the background to the technology used in Radii’s innovative Go.Drive product and other applications currently in production.
Greg Connolly is founder and Managing Director of software development company Radii, which he set up in 2011 following the success of a number of software products he developed – including an innovative cycling app that gave users real-time updates on bike races.
“I started working in the eLearning sector because I was interested in how technology could support learners. While I was working in the sector, I could see how technology could help people learn so I set up Radii to pursue that,” says Greg.
The company went on to secure many clients in the sector and is the digital partner of educational publisher CJ Fallon, building all its interactive software and digital content for use in classrooms across the country.
In 2013, Radii became a member of Learnovate, initially for the key networking opportunities across Ireland’s eLearning and EdTech sector that membership of Learnovate provides.
“Learnovate run innovation sessions for members and it’s a great way of meeting people in the sector. It has, in fact, been a source of business. We have received referrals as a result of working with Learnovate that we wouldn’t have received otherwise,” says Greg.
Radii then became involved in a number of collaborative projects with Learnovate that included other Leranovate members including Microsoft and the GAA. Two years ago, Radii asked Learnovate to take on a project that would help the company develop a new product for themselves.
“The idea for the product came from situations where a person relies on third-party support to learn something – like the children learning their GAA skills from me, who was not an expert.
“I wanted to explore the relationship between a learner, an instructor and a learner’s sponsor. It can be in any scenario where there are three people involved in the learning. We wanted to see how we could advise the third party on how they could help consolidate the learning delivered by the expert.”
Greg decided to start by developing the concept in the driving training market, which would feature the person learning how to drive, their driving instructor and a third party, who is often a parent or another family member.
He asked Learnovate to help develop a structure to give feedback to the learner as well as create content for the third party. The structure would have to be easily transferable to other industries.
“How could we generate content that would allow the sponsor to continue on the learning that the instructor had started? We wanted a simple way that would allow us to give feedback to the learner and give their sponsor the tools to carry on the learning,” says Greg.
Learnovate’s research and technology was used as background for Radii in creating Go.Drive, Ireland’s first online resource for learner drivers.
“The project went very well and we were really happy with what Learnovate did. They carried out a great deal of R&D and background work for us, which we then used to build on and create Go.Drive. We are also currently working on applications for other industries using this research as background.”