The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock T.D. have today [Thursday 21st June 2012] jointly announced the investment of €6 million over 6 years in the Centre for Learning Innovation which will benefit Irish businesses across both the technology and education sectors. This is the latest Technology Centre to be funded by the Government through Enterprise Ireland which operates the Technology Centres Programme in partnership with IDA Ireland.
Today’s announcement represents the delivery of a key commitment in the Action Plan for Jobs 2012.
Making the announcement today, Minister Bruton said “A central part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is ensuring that we extract more commercial and employment benefits from the strong base of scientific research we have built up over the past decade. The network of new technology centres, which bring industry and researchers together to work together on creating products and services from scientific research, is a key part of that plan. Today’s announcement that the Government will invest over €6million over six years to create a Centre for Learning Innovation represents the delivery of a major addition to this network. eLearning is a key growth sector, and I am determined that, with the establishment of this centre and through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, we can develop this sector in Ireland and make a major contribution to the growth and jobs we need”.
Minister Sherlock said "Ireland's first technology centre for learning innovation will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin. This centre will help companies in Ireland’s eLearning and digital media sectors to harness the opportunities presented by digital learning. With support from Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland the research teams will deliver innovative learning solutions for Irish companies, providing them with a competitive edge by changing the way learning is delivered in the future in school, college and the workplace”.
This is the 10th Technology Centre to be funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Enterprise Ireland in partnership with IDA Ireland. Sophisticated research that is of benefit to strategically chosen Irish industry sectors is conducted in these centres.
The Centre for Learning Innovation has 4 key research themes selected for their common interest to the Irish eLearning industry:
- Social and informal learning;
- Mobile collaboration and learning;
- Immersive learning (gaming, simulation, virtual worlds);
- Metrics and assessment.