Adaptive Learning, Online Homework, and Assessment
MagicBox—Digital Learning Solution Empowering Students and Educators
Goals: Ease the transition to online learning.
Challenge: Ensuring accessibility and digital equity; transitioning to digital formats; integrating with third-party apps; deploying and assessing homework assignments and assessments online.
Solution: Complete learning solution for both learners and educators with integrations to tools for differentiated instruction to help improve students' overall learning efficacy and academic outcomes and supports pedagogies for online instruction.
Learning Impact: Over 30,000 schools and five million students are leveraging the digital experience platform to personalize learning with next-generation adaptive learning, homework, and assessment tools. Helps implement student-centered learning experiences through interactive and gaming elements help keep students engaged and motivated, while customizable assessments offer immediate feedback to help students improve their performance.
Collaborative Digital Learning
Florida Virtual School Online Learning Community
Florida Virtual School (FLVS)
Goal: Help schools around the country help their students succeed.
Challenge: With school moving online virtually overnight due to COVID-19, teachers, schools, parents, and students needed help.
Solution: Created an online hub of free educational resources for K-12 students, families, educators, administrators, and schools; contained videos, articles, infographics, webinars, reports about online learning; started an online group for teachers to ask questions, and get practical advice, and tips. All of the content came from our teachers and training staff. FLVS plans to keep its Online Learning Community updated and available as a resource.
Learning Impact: FLVS launched the Online Learning Community in less than 30 days to ensure students were able to continue their education. 14,341 visitors with many visiting multiple times; 32% of visitors were new to FLVS.net; 3,471 browsed live workshops and webinars that were organized by audience so the user could find information and resources relevant to them; and 2,375 clicks on facts about online education. As part of Florida's COVID response we ended up training over 2,000 teachers in the state and teachers in several other states requested support.
Curated Playlists for Seamless Credentialing
User: K-12, higher education, adult/lifelong learner
Goals: Empower instructors and content creators to create a comprehensive, accessbile experience for learners.
Challenge: Traditional classroom environments are not ideal for every individual, lesson, or larger learning experience.
Solution: A drag-and-drop content design studio enabling the deployment of high-impact digital credentials, certificate programs, training, and course materials.
Learning Impact: PlayPosit’s digital credential application allows instructors and instructional designers to build a custom learning environment with options such as locked progression, diverse and engaging interaction types, supplemental content, verifiable digital credentialing, and certification that lead to a greater sense of engagement while delivering quality content. Utilizing LTI & Caliper data streams help institutions collect learning data from digital resources to better understand and visualize learning activity. It can also help identify and track professional development standards and goals to maintain organizational performance, while using robust and filterable data and analytics to identify areas of success and needed improvement.
Educational Accessibility and Personalization
Magica11y from Magic EdTech
User: K-12, higher education
Goals: Alleviate the “spot check” approach to accessibility audits; remove dependencies on various tools and test content with a single, unified and automated test suite.
Challenges: Accessibility is an afterthought in learning product design and development. Time and cost are factors in extremely low (5-10%) accessibility testing rates.
Solution: A robust toolkit that harnesses the power of automation to detect accessibility gaps in learning products and suggest recommendations to bridge them.
Learning Impact: MagicA11y helps institutions alleviate issues of equity and access. It ensures that differently-abled students get better access to knowledge and information—and have an equivalent learning experience to their peers. MagicA11y allows institutions to evaluate compliance with WCAG guidelines and/or 508 standards without having to rely on their suppliers. In 2020, coverage of WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines was 42%, showing a savings of $275,000, which is expected to increase to 55% and over $1 million, respectively.
BlueML from Explorance is Machine Learning for the Student Experience
User: Higher education
Goals: Invest in approach to mining unstructured student feedback and delivering insights that can be a catalyst for action and continuous improvement.
Challenges: Difficulty inherent in collecting, collating, and evaluating student comments; missed opportunity in the analysis of unstructured qualitative feedback
Solution: First fully student-comment trained machine learning solution. BlueML can cull and analyze unstructured student data from any source to help instructors improve the student experience. Students don't need to submit additional feedback.
Learning Impact: Makes a difference for students between being listened to or being heard. Can be used in real-time for more immediate feedback and course correction (very actionable). Every model has been trained on at least 100,000 student comments. Gives any institutional user the "hows" and the "whys" to take contextualized action more quickly.