About the Digital Learning Institute

Our Story

We are a team of digital learning specialists with a passion for helping learning professionals reach their potential in digital learning design. Our foundations are in Dublin, Ireland with over 40 years of corporate learning experience through our founders John Kilroy and Nicola O’Neill.

We started our journey in 2018 as Flex Labs, a Digital Learning Lab offering corporate learning professionals instructional design tools and courses. In 2021, we rebranded to the Digital Learning Institute to bridge the global skills gap in digital learning design and to provide a career pathway for digital learning designers.

  • Flex Labs was founded as the groundbreaking digital learning labs by John Kilroy & Nicola O’Neill.

    Launch of the Professional Certificate in Instructional Design accredited through Newcastle University.


  • Launch of our Virtual Lab and Instructional Design Toolkit for learning professionals.

    Launch of the Advanced Digital Learning Design programme accredited through Newcastle University.


  • Expansion into the UK and USA market.

    Launch of the Virtual Classroom Essentials programme with the IITD.


  • Rebrand to the Digital Learning Institute.

    Formation of the Industry Advisory Council.

    New Partnership established with Glasgow Caledonian University for course accreditation.

    Launch of the Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design.


  • Launched On-demand version of Diploma in Digital Learning Design.

    Launched new modules in Universal Design and Immersive Learning.

    DLI enters the Australian market.


Our alumni work with the world’s leading companies

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