Micheál Heffernan

Senior Editor

Micheál Heffernan is the Senior Manager of Copy and Content at Learnosity. He’s interested in communication generally and appreciates the multidisciplinary approach taken by artist-designers like Abbot Miller and Olafur Elisasson. He loves books, running, and good coffee – just not at the same time.

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Customer Support

Our people: Angelique Dubois

A native of Burgundy, France, Angelique is a member of Learnosity's support team in Dublin, where she uses her expertise to make life easier for clients.

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Customer Support

Our people: Conor Walsh

Conor Walsh is a support engineer in Learnosity's Dublin office, where he brings his sporting talents to the fore by ruling the roost on the in-house pool table.

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Engineering

Our people: Alan Garfield

Alan Garfield is the Principal Engineer at Learnosity, where he takes care of our production systems around the world. So no big deal then.

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Partnerships

Our people: Gonzalo Zawadzki

Gonzalo Zawadzki is the Partner Success Manager at Learnosity, where he works with some of the most innovative edtech companies in the world.

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Customer Support

Our people: Emily Whittle

Emily Whittle is a member of Learnosity’s support team in Dublin. She also supports her colleagues with an encyclopedic knowledge of the trendiest lunch spots in town.

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Customer Support

Our people: Allain Dollete

Allain Dollete is a member of Learnosity's support team in the city that never sleeps – New York. His job is to make complex technical stuff seamless for our customers.

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Engineering

“Accessibility shouldn’t be a separate consideration”

Learnosity's Adam Bextream talks process, priorities, and his hopes for the future of accessibility and inclusive design.

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Engineering

Our people: Nina van der Kley

As one of Learnosity's Technical Product Managers in Sydney, Nina van der Kley focuses on self-service products that put clients in control.

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Learning & Development

Student engagement: Can education find its focus in a world of distractions?

With digital distractions aplenty, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep students engaged with learning, but technology can be used to serve education too.

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Learning & Development

The workplace skills that will survive the AI revolution

The AI revolution isn’t the end of the line for employees: it’s a chance for them to evolve and develop workplace skills that will endure.

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People & Culture

Donating today to help the innovators of tomorrow

"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance."

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Learning & Development

Want to foster greater diversity in the workplace? Start with how you assess candidates

The drive toward greater workforce diversity is part of the battle for talent and another reason why employee assessment needs to evolve. In the Internet’s…

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Updates & Product Tips

Why GDPR is an opportunity to move forward

How does a company whose product is used by clients with millions of users go about ensuring GDPR compliance?

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Learning & Development

How technology can help overcome test anxiety

Test anxiety has a negative impact on genuine learning, but technology can help conquer it. Sometimes it takes a challenge to bring out the best in…

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Some popular questions about Learnosity’s assessment technology

No-nonsense answers to some of the questions we get asked the most.

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Learning & Development

Change anxiety: Is your brain holding you back?

Facing something new presents us with a choice between taking shelter and taking charge. Recently, Slate magazine ran a piece in which a married couple…

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Design

How designing for accessibility can improve product usability

Accessibility and usability ultimately share the same goal – to make products or services easy to use for everyone. The Internet can be a powerful…

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Partnerships

Collaboration is edtech’s evolutionary advantage

We launched the Learnosity Partner Network less than a year ago. It’s since grown into a dynamic community that includes content experts as well as tech…

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Learning & Development

6 ways online testing software can enhance education

To illustrate technology’s potential in education, here’s a list of 6 ways that online testing software can help modernize school assessments.

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Learning & Development

Could data decide the fate Of higher education?

The collection of data is a sensitive issue for many, but the potential benefits for learners are considerable – as seen in the corporate sector.…

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Being responsive: Using customer insights to reinvent product features

Our engineers created a far superior image drag & drop question type, but it was our users who helped make it what it is.

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Learning & Development

Under the microscope: The Next Generation Science Standards

The what, the how, and the why of the Next Generation Science Standards. There is a growing sense of anxiety among educators that learners are…

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Making some noise about audio recording Questions on iOS

Keeping our ears to the ground and anticipating change has lead to a vastly improved user experience of the audio question type.

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Design

Accessibility in education helps create better opportunities for learners

If learning materials are not accessible to learners, then learners' abilities won't be accessible to educators. Education should be challenging for all learners. If it…

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Learning & Development

The gathering storm: Student data security in the Digital Age

How can student data security be guaranteed when faced with a threat that can neither be detected nor predicted? In the not-too-distant past, banks represented…

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Survive or thrive? Investment, insight, and the future of higher education

The future of higher education will not depend on how much investment there is, but on where it goes. It's a worrying time for institutes…

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Strategy

Why tech integration should be part of your product development strategy

Knowing when to leverage others' technologies lets you focus on building a better core offering for your customers. The English poet John Donne once wrote…

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Learning & Development

Seeking a new direction – the future of the multiple choice question

Where does the multiple choice question go from here? Multiple choice tests have been a staple of learner evaluation for a century. Even as technology…

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Learning & Development

Why has digital assessment failed to move beyond the MCQ test?

Assessment in the Digital Age has not advanced much beyond assessment in the Industrial Age – but why? The phonograph changed music forever. Recitals and…

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Engineering

How we created a game using Learnosity’s APIs in just two weeks

They say the best way of learning is by doing. Learnosity's two-week bootcamp proved that to be the case.

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Infrastructure as code: Successfully scaling to new heights

How do you prepare a product to meet the demands of a rapidly growing user base? Meet someone who knows. Alan Garfield is a busy…

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People & Culture

Moving At The Speed Of Thought – Learnosity Hackathon 2017: Part 2

Read about the ideas, the obstacles, the processes, and the results of our teams’ Hackathon 2017 projects. Last week we took a look at some…

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Moving At The Speed Of Thought – Learnosity Hackathon 2017: Part 1

Working with teams and technology to turn ideas into realities in a single day. At Learnosity, we value innovation, so it's important to us to…

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Partnerships

Making paper a possibility in computer-based assessment

From paper cuts to cutting edge – Learnosity is working with Paperscorer to better integrate tradition and technology. Despite the forward momentum that technology has…

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Learning & Development

Paper and digital will converge on the road to better learning

Paper and digital learning may be taking separate routes, but they're heading toward the same goals. In some ways, comparing student performance in digital assessments…

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A byte at the Big Apple: Lessons from Educate NYC

At Educate 2017, our first ever self-run conference, we learned just as much as anyone else. Unlike music idols, A-list actors, or world-famous sports stars,…

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Learning & Development

Are competencies more important than credentials in the modern Workplace?

As college enrollments decline, have skills become more valuable to employers than credentials? “From almost any individual’s perspective,” wrote David Leonhardt for the New York Times in…

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Looking back on Learnosity’s 10-year journey to date

From scrappy startup to SaaS success: Looking back on Learnosity's 10-year journey to date. For the last 10 years, Learnosity has pretty much followed the…

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Birthday musings: Why company growth isn’t just about the numbers

“Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.” – Hermann Hesse, Gertrude On our tenth birthday we realized that age is…

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Engineering

Everything you need to know about the API economy

The API economy is changing the world. But will it change edtech? True innovation transcends barriers such as time, place or culture. From prehistoric plows…

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In corporate learning, standing still is the same as falling behind

Employees today are no longer learning so they can work; they are working so they can learn. It is difficult to weigh up the considerable…

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Learning & Development

Why edtech should be about enriching learners, not investors

As the edtech market continues to grow apace, when does choice simply become confusion? Most journalism on the topic of edtech tends to fall neatly…

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Learning & Development

Exploring wonders is part of the magic of science

Science and magic may have more in common than you think. It might seem odd to us today, but there once was a time when…

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Learning & Development

Why assessment matters: A look at the thinking behind testing

Just why exactly does assessment matter so much to your grey matter? When it comes to the brain, there’s a general tendency to mythologize its…

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People & Culture

Hacking Foosball

Here at Learnosity, the development team enjoy a “Hack Day” every quarter. Our hack days are a great way for us to get a break from…

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