Microsoft become Patron Member of Learnovate

Posted by Learnovate

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

Microsoft was already a member of Learnovate but has elevated its membership to Patron level.

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.

Microsoft Ireland 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.

Microsoft created a base in Ireland almost 40 years ago and now has some 2,000 people with 71 different nationalities working at Microsoft Ireland, which is based at One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown, Dublin. Education is a key department within Microsoft Ireland and has four broad elements to it: business, sales & marketing, skills and government engagement. The skills element includes DreamSpace, Microsoft’s STEM outreach for students and teachers at primary and secondary school, while under government engagement and research, Microsoft funds a number of PhDs and post-doctorates.

Learnovate Director, Nessa McEniff, said:

“We are delighted to have Microsoft Ireland join us at the Patron level.  Microsoft has been an engaged and supportive member of Learnovate for many years and having their input and insights at our Thought Leaders Circle meetings will help develop and guide our research agenda.

Microsoft’s Kevin Marshall, Head of Education at Microsoft Ireland said:

“The Learnovate membership is very important. We have been involved in a number of projects that have been really good. It is useful to hear what is coming down the line from the other members. It informs my thinking in terms of where the industry is going, what other people are doing, who we could partner with, where we could leverage and where we should pay attention to. Learnovate tends to respond well to industry needs and they create a forum for dialogue which is important. They do good work in terms of projects they come up with and the work they deliver.”

Read an interview with Kevin here:
Meet the Patrons Q&A with Microsoft’s Dr. Kevin Marshall

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