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Microsoft Announces New Virtual Learning Environment Application; a joint initiative with Olive Group

Posted on December 8, 2021

  • Integration of Olive Group’s virtual learning platform, supported by Enterprise Ireland, into Microsoft Teams to reach up to 250 million daily active users worldwide
  • Olive’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides high-quality digital content that is learner-centered, results-oriented and facilitates more dynamic student and tutor engagement and more effective digital assessments.
  • Educational institutions, independent tutors and open college networks can now move from traditional delivery formats to high-end interactive digital content

Olive Group, an Ireland-founded, Dublin-based EdTech company with an office in India, today announces the launch of a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) application in Microsoft Teams as part of a joint initiative with Microsoft . Launched from the Microsoft Teams app, the Olive app is an intuitive software platform that delivers a wide range of interactive digital content, enabling a more user-centered learning experience for up to 250 million dollars. daily active Microsoft Teams users around the world. The application has a market potential of 5 million euros for Olive Group.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Olive app was designed and developed by the growing team of e-learning experts at Olive Group in collaboration with Microsoft. The app solves the problem of online education that has stalled for many years – this engagement has been limited by legacy systems disconnected with a bad experience. What makes the Olive app different is that it’s a purpose-built learning experience that’s easily deployed and customizable with access to premium interactive digital content.

The integration of the Olive Group app into Microsoft Teams takes the level of interactivity and engagement in online Teams sessions to the next level, providing seamless student-tutor interaction, with easy-to-use interactive tools. Live virtual classrooms are enriched with breakout rooms for group work and discussions, creating an exceptional and immersive environment for learners. The app helps demonstrate the impact of learning through robust assessments, delivered in a secure and efficient manner, ensuring that the learning cycle is complete.

Within the app, Olive Group has created a unique game-changing feature in creating content for the e-learning and marketing industries. Whereas the AI ​​content creation automation tool – available as an add-on feature – is an intuitive AI-based content creation tool, which creates video-based courses and videos in a fast way and efficient using the power of AI technology.

Olive has traditionally focused on small and medium businesses. However, the new partnership with Microsoft gives Olive the opportunity to expand its reach into higher education and enterprises where Microsoft has advanced penetration in the deployment of Microsoft 365 and Teams applications.

Since its creation in 2006, the Olive Group has trained more than two million people around the world and created digital learning content in 27 languages. Employing 600 people in 12 countries, Olive Group produces world-class digital content using the latest technological innovations to engage learners and save businesses 85% of the costs associated with delivering classroom training courses. Olive Group is an accredited Microsoft ISV (Independent Software Vendors) partner.

The development of Olive Group was supported by Enterprise Ireland. Similarly, Conor Fahy, Regional Director for Middle East, Africa and India at Enterprise Ireland, noted: “Innovation is very important in Ireland and at Enterprise Ireland we believe in encouraging and supporting innovative ideas. Olive Group’s premium and inexpensive online training courses aim to help more people access affordable education and help companies onboard, train and develop staff is one of them. I am delighted that the Irish Government, through Enterprise Ireland, has been instrumental in supporting the company through its Sustainable Business in Ireland Fund. I’m sure the integration of Olive Group and Microsoft Teams will further change the dynamics of education for the better.

Commenting on the announcement, Brendan Kavanagh, CEO of Olive Group, said, “We are excited to expand the reach of Olive VLE to up to 250 million Microsoft Teams users around the world. Working with Microsoft has allowed us to deploy a specially designed learning experience that will resonate with digital natives – the swipers, scrollers and touchscreen aficionados of the world. These users are used to consuming content as part of a seamless user experience through platforms such as Spotify, Netflix, and Tiktok. Until now, a pedagogical counterpart was missing. We target savvy online learners who seek the collaborative energy of the classroom, in a virtual environment, as well as enhanced learning experiences accessible 24/7.

Professor Kevin Marshall, Head of Education at Microsoft, mentioned, “We are delighted to partner with Olive Group, a company at the forefront of EdTech. The team has a strong appreciation for what digital natives look for in terms of learning and engagement. Responding to changing user demands requires a holistic view, and Olive Group has a proven track record of delivering easy-to-deploy, customizable, and user-friendly e-learning solutions. Olive’s app delivers high-quality, learner-centered and results-oriented digital content, while facilitating more dynamic student and tutor engagement and more effective digital assessments.

Kailas Satheesan, Director of Operations at Olive Group said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of our Olive VLE application within the Microsoft teams. Strategically, we are realizing very quickly our vision of making education and training more accessible globally.