Folens becomes Patron members of Learnovate

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The Learnovate Centre is delighted to announce Folens as a new Patron Member of the global research and innovation centre in learning technologies.

Learnovate, an industry-led technology centre funded by Enterprise Ireland, provides thought leadership to the world’s learning and development community on the innovative use of learning technology. Based at Trinity College Dublin, it empowers organisations through the exploration and application of transformative technology solutions.

Folens is the latest company to join Learnovate’s list of Patrons. This is the highest form of Learnovate membership and Patron members sit on the organisation’s Thought Leaders’ Circle and participate in its Research Working Groups.

Folens is an Irish-owned company producing a range of educational content for the past 60 years. A household name in Ireland, Folens is a publisher of schoolbooks used in primary and post-primary schools. Every student textbook is accompanied by a range of digital resources (for example: eBooks, PowerPoints, videos, interactive games, podcasts etc) to support teachers and students alike. The company employs 70 people.

In 2021, Folens launched Homework Space — a project on which they worked closely with Learnovate. Homework Space is Ireland’s first digital homework platform for setting and correcting assignments, recording performance, and establishing gaps for performance — all of which saves valuable time for the teacher and makes it easy for the student to use. It is the company’s first post-primary, digital, paid-for platform that is not tied to any school textbook.

Learnovate, Head of Membership Services, Dave Farrelly said:

“We are thrilled to have Folens join us at the Patron level.  Folens has been a long-standing engaged and supportive member of Learnovate and having Folens’ input and insights at our Thought Leaders Circle meetings helps guide our research agenda.  It was an honour for the Learnovate team to partner with Folens on Homework Space, a truly innovative product for digital homework.”

Folens CEO Andrew Miller said:

“Having Learnovate as that trusted third party that you can come to with your problem has been invaluable to us. Sometimes we have a hunch or a gut feeling about a particular area of market research and Learnovate gives us the evidence, the statistics, and the data to help us to make the business choice that we need. What Learnovate brings to the table is first class. It has been a natural fit for us.

“The calibre of the people, the research and the methodology has always been at the centre of the work with Learnovate. They look at the problem we want to solve and figure out the methodology needed and execute it. Also, given there are funding grants to avail of this support, it is a no-brainer.”

Read an interview with Andrew Miller on Learnovate’s website here

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