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Microsoft and Dublin-based edtech company announce launch of virtual learning app

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Posted on 09 Dec 2021
12:47 PM
The new partnership with Microsoft gives Olive an opportunity to expand its reach into higher education and corporates. Source: Shutterstock

The new partnership with Microsoft gives Olive an opportunity to expand its reach into higher education and corporates. Source: Shutterstock

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Summary
The virtual learning environment app is developed by the Dublin-based Olive Group
It has been launched from within the Microsoft Teams application

Olive Group, an Irish-founded EdTech company headquartered in Dublin, with an office in India, on December 8 announced the launch of a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) app in Microsoft Teams as part of a joint initiative with Microsoft.

The Olive app is an intuitive software platform that delivers a wide range of interactive digital content, enabling a more user-centric learning experience for up to 250 million global Microsoft Teams daily active users. The application has a market potential of Euro 5 million for Olive Group.

Brendan Kavanagh, CEO - Olive Group, said, “Collaborating with Microsoft has allowed us to deploy a purpose-built learning experience that will resonate with digital natives – the swipers, scrollers, and touch screen aficionados of the world. These users are accustomed to consuming content as part of a seamless user experience via platforms such as Spotify, Netflix etc. Until now, an educational counterpart has been lacking. We are targeting savvy online learners who want the collaborative energy of the classroom, in a virtual setting, as well as enhanced learning experiences that are accessible 24/7.”

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The application addresses the issue with online education which has been stagnant for many years – that engagement has been restricted by disconnected legacy systems with poor experience. What makes the Olive app different is that it is a purpose-built learning experience that is easily deployed and customisable with access to high-end interactive digital content.

Within the app, Olive Group has created a unique feature in content creation for e-learning and marketing sectors. Whereas the AI Content Creation Automation Tool – available as an add-on feature – is an intuitive tool, which creates video-based courses and videos in a fast, efficient fashion by utilising the power of AI technology.

Kevin Marshall, head of education at Microsoft, mentioned, “The team has a firm appreciation of what digital natives are looking for from a learning and engagement perspective. Catering to evolving user demands requires big picture thinking, and Olive Group has a proven track record of delivering eLearning solutions that are easily deployed, customisable and user-friendly. Olive’s app delivers high-quality digital content that is learner-centric and outcome-driven, while also facilitating more dynamic student-tutor engagement and more efficient digital assessments.”

Last updated on 09 Dec 2021
12:47 PM
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