Irish Ed-Tech Company Olive Group launch new partnership with Microsoft to benefit teachers and students in Ireland 

Partnership will see the integration of Olive Groupís Virtual Learning Platform in Microsoft Teams, allowing teachers and students to access high-end, quality interactive digital content

IRISH Ed-Tech company Olive Group has launched a new partnership with Microsoft that will see potentially thousands of teachers and students in Ireland benefitting from access to high-end, quality, interactive and digital content. 

The launch of the new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) app in Microsoft Teams as part of a joint initiative with Microsoft Ireland. Launched from within the Microsoft Teams application, Olive VLE 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 users. 


By making it easier for teachers and educators in Ireland to develop interactive material, students and learners will benefit from this new partnership. The total student population in Ireland is just under 1.1 million and this new Irish developed technology has the potential to transform hybrid and blended learning for them. 

Within  the app an AI Content Creation Automation Tool is  available as an add-on feature. It is an intuitive AI based content authoring tool, which creates video based courses and videos in a fast, efficient fashion by utilising the power of AI technology. 

In an on-demand world, short of time, the Olive AI Content Creation Automation Tool provides an outstanding addition to enhance the quality of education, whilst saving creators time – interactive and engaging content created in minutes not months. The application will help educational institutions, freelance tutors, open college networks  and Corporates pivot from traditional delivery formats with a wealth of high-end, interactive digital content to enhance the learner journey. 

Commenting on the announcement, Brendan Kavanagh, CEO, Olive Group said, “We’re very excited to extend the reach of Olive VLE to up to 250 million Microsoft Teams users across the world. Collaborating with Microsoft Ireland 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. 

“Students and teachers in Ireland are accustomed to consuming content as part of a seamless user experience via platforms such as Spotify, Netflix and Tiktok. Until now, an educational counterpart has been lacking. 

“We are targeting institutes who want the collaborative energy of the classroom, in a virtual setting, as well as an enhanced learning experiences that are accessible 24/7.”

Digital natives

Professor Kevin Marshall, Head of Education for Microsoft Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Olive Group – a company that is on the cutting edge of EdTech. The team has a firm appreciation of what digital natives are looking for. Catering to evolving user demands requires big picture thinking, and Olive Group has a proven track record of delivering eLearning solutions that are easily deployable, customisable and user-friendly. 

“Olive VLE 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.”

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