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E-learning’s Promise and Failure

Student looking concerned at computer

Since the early days of computers many of us dreamed of how computers were going to revolutionize education. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to work but we knew that the “personal” computer made it possible to individualize education. In learning one size does not fit all so individualized education is the “holy grail” of education! Industrialization brought us mass education which was essential to building an educated workforce but today’s workforce requires specialization and skills that are way beyond group-think. 

Develop Your Own State of the Art Adaptive Courseware called Knowledge Avatars™!

Knowledge Avatars™ help students learn by allowing them to focus on the concepts they need to reach their goals. It provides exactly the content they need, in the most effective way, to understand the concepts in a rich, adaptive, multimedia environment.

Learning by Interactive Programming (L.I.P.)

This article is about the value of programming as a teaching tool not to teach programming, but rather as a medium that students use to illustrate their understanding of a concept. For example, if a student can program a computer to draw circles using basic trigonometric functions, then the student understands the concept of a circle at a very fundamental level. If a student develops a simulation that models the economic functions of a city, then that student has learned some important lessons about such an economy.

You Command a Powerful Learning System!

Learning can be easy if you have the right tools. What’s in your toolbox?

Knowledge Avatars™ helps students learn by showing them exactly what concepts they need to fill in their knowledge gaps. Examples and activities are available to the student as needed. Integrated testing provides immediate feedback so students always know where they stand.

Developers can easily create Knowledge Avatars without any knowledge of programming or instructional design. You can build your Knowledge Avatar incrementally, access resources from the Internet and create a community around your particular expertise. Knowledge Avatars supports multiple languages and are optimized for mobile devices.

Learn more about the Knowledge Avatars Developer Programs.

Knowledge Avatars™ makes it easier to learn:

Jack & Jill Go Back To School in 2015

Vintage image of Jack and Jill falling down the hill.

Jack and Jill are working on a physics problem. Their teacher asked them to calculate the force needed to hurl a 500 pound projectile from a spot on Earth to 20,000 miles in low earth orbit. They don’t really have a clear idea of what they need to know to solve this problem and they don’t want to dig through numerous articles or videos on the subject. They want to learn what they need for this problem as thoroughly and rapidly as possible.

Blending Content

Knowledge Avatars allows you to blend your own educational content with content developed by other people. As long as this content is available on the Internet you can incorporate them as examples or experiences within your Knowledge Avatar.

Examples of things that can be embedded are listed here. Click on any one and it will open in a new window.

How Knowledge Avatars Enhances Teaching

The two main factors for better education are knowledgeable teachers and smaller class sizes. 

The more knowledgeable a teacher is the better and more creative they can be at explaining concepts and at responding to students’ questions.

The smaller the classes are, the more likely it is that students will receive the individual attention they need to improve. It means getting additional materials that help them fill in their knowledge gaps.

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