Alelo just gave a webinar for teachers on how to use AI technology to help learners overcome learning disruptions due to COVID-19. Attendees from a dozen countries participated, including Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. COVID-19 is disrupting education around the world, and so people around the world are looking for solutions that can alleviate these problems.
At the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns over 1.5 billion students were affected by school closures, causing many to fall behind. Over 500 million students attend schools that are still partially or entirely closed, relying on online learning and hybrid learning instead. It is difficult for students to get back on track and stay on track under these circumstances.
A recent article in the University of Michigan’s daily newspaper highlighted the problems that their students and teachers face in the transition to online instruction. Here are some quotes from students:
- “I feel like I’m learning a lot less because when I’m in the classroom, I’m forced to listen to every single word. I can’t just use my phone to look up a word real quick. I have to actively be paying attention and studying the vocab prior.”
- “It’s hard for people to understand that not everyone has a silent environment to do their classes in.”
- “There have been two lectures already where our instructor’s internet has been unstable, so we didn’t really understand anything she was saying.”
- “It’s a lot harder to be one-on-one [with my professor] when it’s not in person because you can’t stay after class and ask a question.”
Here are some quotes from instructors:
- “Carrying out tasks or activities in an online Zoom meeting takes much more time.”
- “Zoom not working for me or for students, connections that are a little slower than others, students who get kicked out.”
Alelo’s AI-driven personalized learning helps students refresh skills that they may have lost due to school closures. Learners can practice until they regain their proficiency. Using this approach, students can recover proficiency very quickly.
Students can study asynchronously, at a time and place of their choosing. This reduces the amount of time that must be spent in synchronous online classes. Learning is not disrupted if an instructor temporarily loses Internet connectivity.
Alelo’s learning analytics help teachers track each student’s progress and identify students who may be struggling. Teachers find that online learning and hybrid learning are very time-consuming. Alelo’s asynchronous learning platform saves teachers time and effort, so they can focus their attention on the students who need it most.
Alelo is offering free trials during the pandemic to schools that want to put these new technologies to work. We encourage teachers and administrators to take advantage of this, to help their students who are struggling or falling behind.