• Oct 12, 2018

Beyond Academics: Intelligent Mentoring Systems for Career Success

One of the ultimate goals of education is to effectively prepare students for long-term career and workforce success. Most existing intelligent systems in education focus on tutoring for specific academic subjects and deliver personalized learning on a relatively short timescale. As we face an ever-changing 21st century job market due to increased automation and AI technologies, it is more important and challenging than ever to deliver learning and mentorship that leads to long-term success in the workforce. In my webinar, I discuss some of the unique challenges presented by this goal as well as promising approaches that can address the challenges and move us closer to building effective, workforce-driven intelligent mentoring systems.

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  • Sep 19, 2018

Can AI help us create more inclusive education and society?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) gets quite a lot of bad press. It is understood by few and feared by many. It is overhyped through media, sci-fi movies and eye-watering financial investments by the tech giants (LINK), and increasingly – governments. As such AI does not yet sit comfortably with many who care about human development and wellbeing, or social justice and prosperity.

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  • Sep 04, 2018

Data-Driven Development (D3): Instructional Design for the AI Age

For artificial intelligence (AI) to enter the mainstream of education, instructional designers must have design methodologies that enable them to efficiently create AI-driven learning products. The most commonly used instructional design methodology, ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate), does not address the needs of AI-driven learning systems, because it adequately define the role of data in the design process. In fact, none of the instructional design methodologies commonly used today take into account the opportunities and challenges that AI and big data bring to the design process.

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  • Aug 16, 2018

Case Study: Evaluation of Enskill® English at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Alelo, in collaboration with the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, conducted an evaluation of Alelo Enskill® English with students in the University’s English for information technology purposes (EIT) program. This was the first major test of the new version of Alelo’s AI-driven Enskill platform, which utilizes statistical natural language processing and machine learning to engage in realistic spoken dialogues with English language learners.

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  • Aug 14, 2018

Case Study: Alelo’s Learning Products Save Lives in Iraq and Afghanistan

Dan Wilson used to be a US Army officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2013. Back in 2005, when Alelo was just getting started, he was preparing for an assignment in Iraq as a MiTT (Military Training Team) commander in 2006-2007. The mission of MiTT teams was to advise and train Iraqi security and police forces. Late in 2005, he came across a new training product called Tactical Iraqi.

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  • Jul 10, 2018

Back to the Future of Pedagogical Agents

The recent paper “Pedagogical Agents: Back to the Future” by Dr. Lewis Johnson of Alelo Inc. and Professor James Lester of North Carolina State University reviews the history and likely future of pedagogical agents, which are autonomous, interactive computer-based characters that engage in rich, face-to-face interactions with learners.

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  • Jun 13, 2018

How AI Can Help You Create Competitive Advantage

Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived and is reshaping business. Your company ought to have a strategy for using AI, otherwise it risks being disrupted by companies that do. Yet many business leaders are unsure about what AI can do and how best to take advantage of it.

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  • May 22, 2018

How AI is Solving the #1 Skill Gap in the Global Economy

Education and training is one industry where AI is starting to play important roles. What impact will AI have on education and training in the future? Will teachers be replaced by algorithms? Or is AI going to empower both learners and teachers?

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  • May 07, 2018

Will Teachers be Replaced by Algorithms?

As artificial intelligence (AI) develops, it is playing an increasing very important role in education. For example, AI-based solutions allow schools to embrace personalized learning, and publishers to roll out adaptive learning platforms. Some futurists have gone so far as to claim that intelligent machines will replace teachers within 10 years. Not surprisingly, this causes concern among educators. But, should teachers really be worried?

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  • Apr 24, 2018

How AI Empowers English Teachers

If you are a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, you know how important it is for your students to practice speaking. The more they practice in authentic situations, the more confidence they will gain, and the more fluent they will become. Unfortunately this is not practical in the classroom, particularly in large classes. Even in classrooms with low student-teacher ratios, it is not feasible for a teacher to provide one-on-one practice with each student, much less provide personalized feedback.

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