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

Research Findings in Game Based Learning

Learnovate’s Neil Peirce presented at the 4th meetup in the Learning Tech Labs series. The Meet-up was focused on Gamification!


Looking to answer the questions:

  • What is Gamified learning?
  • Does it improve engagement rates, and knowledge retention?
  • Does it have a measurable impact on performance?

Also speaking at the well attended event were Tony Riley from GotchaNinjas, and Stephen McManus from Riptide Academy

Download a PDF of Neil’s Slides


About Neil:
Neil holds a degree in Computer Science, a Masters in Multimedia Systems and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Neil’s PhD research focused on the personalisation of learning experiences within educational video games. He is currently the Technology lead in Learnovate where he is heading up a Horizon 2020 project on creating a personalised learning environment and he is chairing this year’s Game Based Learning Conference.