• 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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  • Aug 12, 2019

Alelo Webinars for Teachers and Trainers

Do your students need more opportunities to practice speaking English? Is lack of self-confidence holding them back? This webinar introduces Alelo’s Enskill simulation platform and explains how to use Alelo simulations to help your students develop self-confidence and increase fluency.

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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

The Magnificent Seven: Seven Roles That AI Can Play to Transform Learning

At the start of Alelo’s webinar series on the Future of AI in Education and Training, we asked what role AI should play in promoting learning. Some see the benefit of AI is as a technology that enables personalized learning. But as we have discussed in these webinars, personalized learning alone can make it harder for teachers to manage classes and lead meaningful classroom discussions, and can even exacerbate achievement gaps between high-performing and underperforming students.

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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 15, 2019

AI-Driven Learning Product Co-Developed by Laureate Education and Alelo Is Finalist for British Council Digital Innovation Award

Laureate International Universities and Alelo announced that their Laureate English course is a finalist for the British Council’s ELTons Award for Digital Innovation in English Language Teaching. Laureate English was selected from among 150 award entries from 45 countries. The award winner will be announced in London in June.

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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 11, 2019

Alelo Presents at TESOL Its Solutions for AI-Driven Learning of Communication Skills

Alelo Inc. will showcase its latest developments in learning communication skills with AI-driven methods at this week’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) annual conference in Atlanta.

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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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