George Mason University / Virginia Serious Game Institure / Scriyb | United States | https://vsgi.gmu.edu
Share a short description about your company:
New Generation Machine-Learning Platform for Teaching & Learning.
What are the key trends you believe have the power to transform the way we learn?
Without a doubt, Artificial Intelligence, or more specifically, deep-learning algorithms applied to teaching and learning. It’s not hype, but again, true educators need a hand in designing and building the deep-learning models from the beginning, not just brought in as a perfunctory consultant for a few weeks. The Scriyb platform integrates with a multitude of patent-pending deep-learning models designed to provide anything from student support services, to academic subject guidance and tutoring, to student intervention methodologies such as academic advising, student counseling, and even mentoring- what online student populations sorely need to ensure academic success. Lastly, new cognitive deep-learning models and memory maps also have the potential to finally provide the elusive Personalized Learning pedagogy, the ‘holy grail’ educators and researchers have been seeking for the last 50 years.
The theme of EdTechXEurope 2018 is ‘Eternally Learning’. What does eternal learning mean to you?
The phrase, ‘Eternal Learning’ suggests many meaning to me. As the 4th revolution is under way, with AI slowly burrowing into and penetrating almost every market, that change will displace careers, but it will also create new roles and professions as well. In this case, ‘eternal learning’ can be equated to life-long learning, whereby all of us need to continue to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to continue to be successful in the future. Let’s call it, Martin’s Law, where new employee skills and knowledge requirements will double every two years. These new requirements will force many school, colleges, and training centers to update and transform their curriculum and structure, to become more agile to meet a persistent changing demographic and workforce to keep up with employer’s requirements. Schools and colleges that don’t will disappear.
What should the rest of the world learn about EdTech in your country?
EdTech in the US is in a transformative state. Schools, colleges, and universities are just now dislodging themselves from10-15-year-old legacy LMS platforms, and starting to see the value and impact new-gen platforms like Scriyb can provide to teaching and learning. Not just in the art and science of teaching and student knowledge acquisition, but also starting to understand the analytics of peer-learning, social learning, learner behavior attributes and traits, personalized learning pathway formation, and the new assessment data that is generated to better understand the learning process and prove the efficacy of new systems and platforms. These newly discovered insights have a direct positive effect on their financial bottom line- lower attrition rates, improved efficient operations, star teachers they can scale, and of course, higher student evaluations and satisfaction rates.
Why is it important for all players in the EdTech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?
Although in many cases, the EdTech community competes with each other (university vs. university, and EdTech company vs. Ed Tech company), the market spaces truly need to collaborate more and share pedagogy and technology best practices. After all, altruistically we all share the same goals and objectives- to better educate and train the learner in the end.
How does your current role allow you to make a difference to education and learning space?
As both a co-founder of Scriyb, and an educator for the last 30 years, I’m able to draw upon best practices from the classroom and from the EdTech market, ingesting the best of both within the Scriyb platform. Legacy LMS platforms were rarely built by educators, people that truly understood the end user (learner) better than anyone- and how many different types of learners exist, and the vast number of learning factors that play a role in academic success.
Who would you like to meet at the event?
Other Technology/Service Providers and Investors.
When you think about joining London EdTech Week and EdTechXEurope Summit this year, what are you looking forward to?
Sincerely to share my vision and my teaching and learning inventions with peers and solicit feedback. Share our Scriyb story and research results, and learn best practices from other EdTech companies. Establish new colleagues in the AI teaching and learning space, and meet new academic colleges in higher education.
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