Learnovate to support Irish businesses in fight against Covid-19

The Learnovate Centre is offering its tech and research expertise to help companies involved in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of Europe’s leading research centres in learning technologies, the Learnovate Centre, has offered its expertise to help companies, government agencies, medical centres and charities in the fight against Covid-19.

Funded by Enterprise Ireland and based at Trinity College Dublin, the industry-led technology centre is also offering support to companies applying for the Rapid Response Research and Innovation Funding.

“We want to use our expertise in learning and technology to help reduce the spread of the virus and prepare for Ireland’s recovery”

Learnovate has supported many Irish SMEs with funding applications. The cross-Government funding is available to companies who can repurpose their tech to help Ireland recover and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The recovery

Since the outbreak last month, Learnovate has been providing teachers and lecturers with the best practice advice on remote learning, so that their students are supported to continue their learning journeys at home.

The centre is now extending its service and wants to reach out to offer support to companies who might be seeking a way to help Ireland reduce the effects of the global pandemic but might not have the resources or expertise to do so on their own.

“If someone wants to adapt their current technology into one that helps staff understand infection prevention, we could assist them”

Director of the Learnovate Centre, Nessa McEniff said; “We want to use our expertise in learning and technology to help reduce the spread of the virus and prepare for Ireland’s recovery.

“We know that a lot of companies are involved or want to get involved in the fight against Covid-19 but may be overwhelmed by the workload or not have the expertise in some areas and we want to support those companies.

“For example, if someone wants to adapt their current technology into one that helps staff understand infection prevention, we could assist them. We also want to offer our expertise, advice and support to anyone applying for – or considering applying for – the Rapid Response Research and Innovation Funding.”

The Learnovate Centre, which has one of the richest concentrations of EdTech expertise in Europe, is a research and innovation centre focused on EdTech and learning technologies.

The industry-led technology centre has expert researchers and practitioners in learning technologies and business innovation.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 21 April, 2020