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  • Nov 21, 2019

How AI Simulations Close the Communication Skills Gap

Enskill EPC was created by Alelo, which started developing AI simulations to help military members quickly learn foreign languages and cultures before deploying overseas. The communications skills learned have helped reduce conflicts and even save lives. Now Alelo AI-driven learning is available to everyone, to address the communication problems that they face in the workplace every day.

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  • Nov 18, 2019

Using AI to Help English Learners Get Past Learning Plateaus

Although 1.5 billion people around the world are studying English, many will never get proficient enough to use English on the job. Instead, they get stuck at learning plateaus. They feel that they are failing to make progress and have a long way to go. As English-language-learning expert Fan Yi has noted, “They find they know a lot about the English language, but they can hardly say that they know English.” This can cause them to become frustrated and discouraged, and even stop learning altogether. Why do learners get stuck? And how can technology help them get unstuck?

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  • Oct 10, 2019

The Baker Learning Analytics Prizes

A field only moves forward if it chooses the right problems: big goals that make a difference. Many–perhaps most–of the adaptive learning systems out there are based on the same technology from the 1990s. Much of the research published today is tiny optimizations on small problems. Incremental progress can be valuable. But it shouldn’t be the primary focus of a field.

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  • Jul 29, 2019

Case Study: Alelo’s AI-driven Enskill English product improves student fluency and self-confidence

A recent evaluation at UVM (Universidad del Valle de México) Toluca of Alelo Enskill® English, an AI-driven learning product, found that students improved their spoken English skills, and also became more self-confident and willing to communicate in English. This in turn improved classroom instruction, because learners came to class better prepared and more willing to…

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  • Apr 26, 2019

Why Online Mastery Learning Platforms Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

In Educational Technology communities, there is a debate about the best way to structure online learning programs. Should platforms focus on the individual student or the classroom? Should teachers act as a leader of the class, or supplement students’ independent practice?

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  • Apr 07, 2019

A Shared Scientific Infrastructure to do Randomized Controlled Trials and Longitudinal Studies

By Neil Heffernan, Worcester Polytechnic University Shared scientific instruments help address big challenges in research. The Hubble Space Telescope has helped hundreds of astronomers do studies that none of them could have done if they had to also build the instrument they use. Physicists benefit from shared particle accelerators that are expensive to build and…

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  • Mar 06, 2019

What the USA Rugby Sevens Champions Can Teach Us about Soft Skills

In a recent interview with the Guardian the USA Rugby Sevens head coach, Mike Friday, talked about the training program that they implemented to achieve this success. A key focus has been on developing the players’ communication skills. I found this intriguing. How could soft skills such as communication be important for a tough game like rugby?

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  • Feb 25, 2019

From AI-Enabled CSCL in the Classroom Towards Team Based Learning in the Workplace

What does the field of CSCL (computer-supported collaborative learning) have to say to the problem that the World Economic Forum estimates that up to 5 million jobs may be lost to disruptive labor changes by 2020? We suggest an answer that is designed to enable embedding collaborative learning opportunities within project work.

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  • Feb 18, 2019

Improving Comprehension Strategies of Struggling Adult Readers through Conversational Trialogues with AutoTutor

For many millennia, adult learning has primarily consisted of interactions with human mentors, tutors, teachers, and peers. During the last 25 years, these communicative actions and interactions have been simulated by computer agents in learning environments that have often shown significant learning gains.

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  • Feb 12, 2019

Human Intelligence (HI) as the Focus of Attention

The rapid progress of Machine Learning AI that has been built in our human image brings into stark relief the need for us to re-conceptualise Human Intelligence (HI) for an AI augmented world. We have built smart machines in our own intelligent image and these machines can now complete some of the intelligent activities that have traditionally been valued in our education systems, such as passing exams through memorizing and applying knowledge.

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