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


You think you have a great idea! But what would your mom think?


Most innovative ideas start with a spark, an idea that will transform learners, performance and the business. In many cases, friends (your Mom!) and potential customers are asked if they think it is a great idea? Next, with positive feedback, a product/service development project can kick-off. Later everyone is surprised when in the vast majority of cases the final result is not successful.

Rob Fitzpatrick, author of The Mom Test, is an expert in ‘how to talk to customers when everyone is lying to you’. Join Rob at Learning Tech Ireland 2017 where he will share his insights on how to develop innovation ideas using proven techniques. ,“Learning from customers is critical for building new products, but customer feedback is notoriously unreliable, especially pre-launch when it matters most. We’ll look at how to separate the fluffy compliments from the real data (and buying signals), ensuring you get more value out of the time you spend learning from and selling to your customers.”

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For more information on the event, speakers, and to book visit our web page

If you have any questions relating to the event, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the team here at Learnovate. Look forward to seeing you on the 28th!


Peter Gillis
Learnovate Centre

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.

Digital Learning Research Symposium

By Peter Gillis

I spent a valuable day yesterday at the Digital Learning Research Symposium, a joint collaboration between, NIDL/DCU, ESAI and ILTA. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and make acquaintance with some new ones. Based on the attendance there is a healthy research community thriving in Ireland. My top three takeaways were:

1.It was stated many times throughout the day that research in the area of technology and education is very much an applied research and as such can struggle from time to time to attract interest from academics. To qualify that statement, it is a struggle to attract the transdiscipline or multidiscipline interest the area requires. The evidence from yesterday was that there is plenty of research activity in Ireland but a lot of it is by teaching academics themselves.
This aligns with the need for larger multi-discipline research initiatives similar to the Learnovate approach.

2. Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, Sian Bayne gave the first keynote of the day “Manifesto: Making a Teaching Philosophy From Research in Digital Education”. It was certainly thought provoking and challenging to some current thinking in the area of ‘Technology Enhanced Learning’ and indeed the appropriateness of the term itself was one of the focuses of Sian’s keynote.
In relation to the use of the term technology in TEL she spoke of two issues. The Instrumentalist approach where technology is seen as a tool to support pre-existing practices and Essentialist where technology is believed to possess the necessary attributes for improvement. All of this is to separate the technology from society.
What I liked about Sian’s approach was not just playing ‘hurler on the ditch’ she and her colleagues have drafted, and continue to redraft, their manifesto for teaching online and I would encourage you to take a look at it at
Agree or disagree, it is provocative! As a philosophical debate it is also fairly far removed from the applied approach referred to in point 1, but I believe deeper philosophical and psychological approaches are needed to better inform applied research.

3. In Sian’s Manifesto and in a presentation by Denise McEvoy, LIT it was heartening to see the value of aesthetic and emotional design coming in to focus, and in both cases it was also heartening to hear the support for the concept from the audience.

I look forward to Learnovate being able to contribute more to the event in coming years.

2016 Core Research Projects

We are currently defining the next round of Core Research projects. As always we are reaching out to our industry members to inform and guide the new projects. In addition, we have revised our approach to core research to enable us cover more areas, develop appropriate responses and as a result increase the impact from Core Research for members.

GlobalRoom1Workshop in the Global Room, Trinity College

Our first call to members was an online survey to gather initial ideas and feedback. The survey also sought feedback on what is important to members in terms of access and outputs from Core Projects. The results of the survey informed a workshop we ran on the 17th of May in the Global Room at TCD. The workshop was well attended, and working as four groups, we saw further shape take place in terms of direction. At this point we are distilling all the feedback and will be back to the members in the next couple of weeks to propose final topics for the next round projects.