Impact Led Innovation – 3 stories from the field

Impact led innovation is all about practical implementation. At Learning Tech Ireland you will get insights from three speakers sharing their experiences applying the concept in real world, learning technology, scenarios.


Vivienne Ming (Named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 10 Women to Watch in Tech”)
Vivienne will share two experiences developing products, one in the classroom and one in the home, to solve real problems for real people. AI-driven systems for education, the importance of design thinking for improvement science.

Paidi O’Reilly UCC
Lessons learned from leading an Edtech Research Centre and introducing Design Thinking as a key organisational capability. With empathy-building activities at its core, the Centre specialises in leveraging open source software to develop innovative classroom engagement, assessment, and adaptive learning solutions.

Neil PeirceLearnovate
The aim of the H2020 DEVELOP project is to deliver an adaptive learning environment that dynamically tailors the exploration, comprehension, and planning of learning opportunities and career paths in medium and large companies. Neil will discuss the Design Thinking approach the team took to get a deep understanding of the user needs and how building on these insights DEVELOP seeks to provide effective solutions.

The day also includes; world expert keynotes, 2 workshops and free guides on implementing Impact Led Innovation. Places are filling up, do not miss this excellent opportunity to boost your team’s innovation capabilities. To book now click here


Gold & Silver for Learnovate at Global Awards!


We are thrilled to announce that our Research Project ‘Feedback’ (originally Business Competence Analytics) won Gold in the Category “MBA and Professional Education” domain and went on to pick up Silver in the “Nurturing Employability” category at the Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia, USA. The awards attracted over 500 submissions across all categories this year.

Evangelos Kapros from Learnovate was at the ceremony to pick up the awards.

These awards are the result of two years hard work by the team at Learnovate and the contributions from many of our industry members. Congratulations to all!

About Feedback

Our mobile peer feedback app allows for contextualised, continuous formative peer assessment of transversal competencies based on near to real-time on-the-job performance. One of the key innovations of the app is that the feedback process supports more evidential feedback methods by using behavioural anchors to reduce subjectivity in the data. Through the peer feedback, competency data is captured regularly, analysed and visualised. This not only gives relevant, timely, and actionable insights to the employee, it also delivers more accurate data to the organisation.

About Reimagine Education
In 2014, QS Quacquarelli Symonds entered into a partnership with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to launch the first global competition designed to identify the most innovative, novel approaches to higher education. Reimagine Education is the annual global awards conference for innovative higher education pedagogies enhancing learning and employability.

Transversal, Vocational, and Digital skills for Europe

By: Peter Gillis Brexit overshadowed (or completely blotted out!) the EU Launch of the “New Skills Agenda for Europe” on the 20th of June. For those of us involved in teaching and learning innovation, this is a very important event. It shows the commitment of the EU to skills as an area of focus, recognising […]

Edtech Innovation Ecosystem

The 2016 Research and Innovation Conference & Exhibition on the 3rd March 2016 in Croke Park saw over 1000 leaders in research and innovation from the leading industries in Ireland as well as key government bodies, research bodies gather for a busy day of seminars and exhibitions.
The focus of the event is Agenda 2020 the ambitious plan to position Ireland as a global knowledge leader and a major hub of scientific and engineering research.


Learnovate’s Peter Gillis was speaking at the event to share with the audience how the success of the Edtech industry in Ireland is being supported by the development of an innovation ecosystem. The talk centred on five key components that have supported its growth.

  1. A market worth chasing
  2. Ireland’s Track record
  3. A vibrant start-up scene
  4. Favourable Policy Environment
  5. Innovation and export support

You can see Peter’s presentation here

3 key factors when designing APIs for Learning

By: Dr Martyn Farrows & Jonny Parkes

We wrote a blog recently about APIs and their potential to disrupt learning and the key ingredients required for success. This blog seeks to build on that and share with you our experiences from two years research on the three key components to consider when developing APIs in for learning.

On the demand side, there is a growing acceptance of the value of data to deliver strategic business and organizational gains. However, embracing the strategic value of data also requires the acquisition of core skills in data science and data analytics – skills and competences that are not traditionally embedded within many organizations, let alone HR or L&D teams. The capacity to create and maintain a viable data model that supports human resources whilst delivering against core organizational goals is central to unlocking and analyzing the strategic value of data about learners.


3 Key factors

On the supply side, for APIs to be implemented effectively there are three fundamental aspects that any organization needs to consider:

  1. Data Mobility – the data itself has to be mobile – and it has to be meaningful and understandable. xAPI has a role to play here, by helping to determine a common ‘language’ that can be used to describe rich learning experiences. The ability to communicate and infer meaning from the data is paramount;
  2. Privacy by Design – learner data is, by definition, personal. It therefore demands an appropriate level of privacy – adopting the principles of privacy by design with APIs ensures that privacy is taken into account throughout the entire process. Trust is a necessary and valuable commodity;
  3. API Usability – the attraction of APIs is their convenience, they can be used to effectively deploy new functionality and features for learners at the drop of a hat. But adoption will only happen if the APIs are well designed, documented and supported.

Over the next few years, the demand for the ‘consumerisation’ of technologies to support learning in the workplace will inevitably grow stronger. Consumer-like digital experiences require effective APIs – there is no question, therefore, that the API economy matters for learners and for organizations that value their employees’ growth.

Applied to learning technologies, APIs have the potential to fundamentally change the way that we think about our learners simply because we will have more information about them. What we do with that information is key: whether it is to empower learners to take more control of their learning, or whether it is for organisations to better understand learning needs and design more personalized interventions.

This blog is the second of two blogs looking at APIs in the learning technologies environment, The Blog is leveraged from the presentation by Learnovate’s Dr Martyn Farrows (Centre Director) and Jonny Parkes (Chairman) at Learning Technologies 2016.