About IRIS Connect

IRIS Connect – Professional learning for educators powered by Cognition Education. 

Our mission in the education sector remains the same since inception: to drive improvements in educational outcomes through more effective professional learning for schools, educators and students. We strive to empower and connect teachers, supporting them to be the very best they can be. 

Empowered, connected and confident teachers are stronger teachers and stronger teachers nurture better outcomes for learners.

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As a video-based professional learning solution, IRIS Connect is in a class of its own.

We deliver effective, secure and collaborative learning that can be used in conjunction with your current objectives. Looking to improve educational outcomes? We can help you plan where you can have the biggest impact. Cognition’s team of Consultants can work with you to help support and empower your educators: helping you help their learning development.

IRIS Connect is built on research for highly effective professional learning.

IRIS Connect was developed in 2007 and has since expanded across the globe. Tens of thousands of teachers now use our professional development tool, recording thousands of reflections each week. IRIS Connect was introduced into Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands by Cognition Education. 

We know how learners learn. 

IRIS Connect was developed, and continues to be developed based on research of effective professional learning. Our platform has been used by educational research programs all over the world and we have engaged in research programs to assess and refine our tools. 

by research; 

University of Sussex

Utah State University 

Used as a resource in research:

Harvard University 

VIA University College 


of research:

University of Bedfordshire

University of Birmingham 

Education Endowment Fund

You can find the two seminal research papers from which IRIS Connect was born here:

You can also find further related research into professional learning for educators, including the
Education Foundation Fund Evaluation Report. 

External Evaluation of the University of Sussex In-School Teacher Education Programme

Investigating the Effectiveness of a Telepresence-Enabled Cognitive Apprenticeship Model of Teacher Professional Development 

The Cognition Connection

Cognition Education is proud to be the exclusive distribution partner of IRIS Connect in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. 

IRIS Connect is powered by Cognition Education’s team of experts, which means your schools’ professional learning journey just became more sought after. Utilising Cognition Education’s Consultants in the implementation process, teachers and leaders can expect visible impact, positive change and positive outcomes for students and school systems.

About Cognition Education Group

Cognition Education Group is a leading global provider of professional learning education consultancy, e-learning and publishing services, and early years and primary tutoring. Since inception in New Zealand in 1989, the group has grown business operations to more than 26 countries, delivering some of the largest educational transformational projects in the world. The team works across not-for-profit, private and public sectors, helping clients ignite a passion for learning and create an impact for learners of all ages.

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