Microsoft Announces Launch of New Virtual Learning Environment App; a Joint Initiative With Olive Group

Olive Group, an Irish-founded EdTech company headquartered in  Dublin, with an office in India today announces the launch of a new Virtual Learning Environment  (VLE) app in Microsoft Teams as part of a joint initiative with Microsoft. Launched from within the  Microsoft Teams application, 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 app has a market potential of €5 million for  Olive Group. 

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Olive application was designed and developed by Olive  Group’s growing team of eLearning experts in collaboration with Microsoft. 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. 

The Olive Group app integration in Microsoft Teams takes the level of interactivity and  engagement during online Teams sessions to the next level, delivering seamless student-tutor  interaction, with easy to use interactive tools. The live virtual classrooms are enhanced with  breakout rooms for group work and discussions, creating an outstanding and immersive  environment for learners. The app allows the impact of learning to be demonstrated through  robust assessments, delivered securely and efficiently, ensuring the learning cycle is complete. 

Within the app, Olive Group has created a unique game-changer 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 AI based content authoring tool, which creates video based  courses and videos in a fast, efficient fashion by utilising the power of AI technology.  

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

Since its establishment in 2006, the Olive Group has trained more than two million people across  the world and created digital learning content in 27 languages. Employing 600 people across 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 the delivery  of classroom-based training courses. Olive Group is an accredited Microsoft ISV (Independent  Software Vendors) partner. 

The development of Olive Group has been supported by Enterprise Ireland. Elaborating on the  same, Conor Fahy, Regional Director, Middle East, Africa, India at Enterprise Ireland highlighted,  “Innovation holds a very important place in Ireland and we at Enterprise Ireland believe in  encouraging and supporting innovative ideas. Olive Group’s low-cost, high-end online training  courses aim to help more people access affordable education and to help businesses onboard, train  and upskill staff is one of them. I am delighted that the Government of Ireland, through Enterprise  Ireland has been instrumental in supporting the company through its sustainable enterprise Ireland  fund. I am certain that Olive Group and Microsoft Teams’ integration will further change the  dynamic of education for the better.” 

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 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 and Tiktok. 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.” 

Professor Kevin Marshall, Head of Education at Microsoft, mentioned, “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 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.” 

Kailas Satheesan, Chief Operating Officer at Olive Group said, “We are delighted to announce the  launch of our Olive VLE app within Microsoft teams. Strategically we are very quickly realising our  vision of making education and training more accessible globally.”


About Enterprise Ireland: 

Enterprise Ireland, an Irish government organization that is responsible for venture capital  investments and export development for Irish enterprises in world markets. It manages a direct  investment portfolio of more than 1,200 clients with an investment value exceeding $850m and  global revenue exceeding $21bn. Enterprise Ireland works in partnership with Irish enterprises to  help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.  

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About Olive Group: 

Founded in 2006, Olive Group provides a fully integrated range of workforce development  services. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and employing 600 people in 12 countries, Olive Group  develops high-end courses and digital content. It has developed its own suite of eLearning  platforms using the latest technologies including virtual reality and artificial intelligence. The  company transforms businesses and peoples’ lives and is on a mission to make learning universally  available by providing the highest quality learning solutions at the lowest cost. Olive Group has  trained more than two million people across the world with digital learning content in 27  languages. 

About Microsoft: 

Microsoft Ireland currently employs over 2,500 people representing over 75 different nationalities  operating out of the company’s campus in Leopardstown, Dublin and its Data Centre in Dublin.  From software development, Microsoft International Operations, Finance, HR and Digital Sales for  Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Sales and Marketing, Microsoft has an ambition to help  everyone, through the power of technology, to achieve more.