The Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Available in NonTraditional Learning Methods

first_img Technology is a great enabler. And while it “enables” business, that process can also start earlier, at the learning stage. Technology, in fact, can make the learning process, for students and employees alike, both interactive and participatory.Related: Why Technology Is Affecting Critical Thought in the Workplace and How to Fix ItEntrepreneurs who gauge this need and find a way to satisfy it will have a great business opportunity in their hands.The reason is that interactive learning is the kind of learning that stays with students throughout their lives and helps them get better at problem-solving — the single most important factor for becoming a great leader (according to a study by Georgia Tech). How entrepreneurs then “use” this knowledge to make lives better is up to them.To a great extent, our schools, colleges and universities have followed the traditional mode of teaching. Their recipe-book methods are generally teacher-directed. But, research suggests that this type of teaching may not add to the knowledge base of students or be of any real value later in their lives.What students learn through this approach serves them only until the end of the term.The case for non-traditional teaching and learningTo achieve a true teaching and learning methodology requires non-traditional strategies like cooperative and collaborative learning. Another major aspect where centers for learning fail is in developing students’ ability to solve real-life problems.Often, the best intentions of schools and universities to introduce non-traditional modes of teaching and learning are laid waste because the faculty hasn’t been trained in establishing non-traditional goals. Neither do they know about implementing the new methodologies, or understanding the assessment techniques needed for such strategies.Technology, an enabler in the quest for non-traditional learningEducational technologists have seen the need to fill these gaps laid bare by traditional curriculum-based teaching at universities, and by the unsystematic mushrooming of MOOCs. To make leaders and entrepreneurs out of high school students, people with vision saw the need to provide non-traditional teaching-learning (NTTL) to students studying at traditional centers of education.Related: Ohio Woman Leaves a Career on Campus to Make Learning Fun With Legos at SnapologyThis has become possible through the use of online tools, which target teachers, students and industry experts alike. Schoology, for one, is making educators aware of the massive importance of technology in the teaching-learning process. Schoology is a comprehensive learning-management system (LMS) that helps teachers design great content and lessons, as well as assess how students understand what they are learning. This platform is a leading example of the introduction of non-traditional teaching to educators in the traditional education field.ePals, meanwhile uses technology to take collaborative and cooperative learning to a different level. Through this platform, students pair up and collaborate with their peers around the world, while teachers create new projects or join existing ones. A truly global online learning platform, ePals uses technology to promote meaningful teaching and learning and create a safe and secure environment for collaboration with other learners; critical thinking and problem-solving are the result.Finally, an essential part of enabling “education everywhere” is the increased availability of books, journals and texts at hand. Ebooks on smartphones are nearly as common as traditional books on bedroom shelves these days. And, here, the app BookScanner Pro lets students add to their personal libraries while on the go. The app lets you use your mobile device to quickly and accurately capture books electronically, to be read and referenced later. You can access scanned books as pdfs or Word documents.Gamification as an NTTL strategyCertainly, the business world is no stranger to the benefits of gamification and its proven effects on productivity; and gamification is also an excellent way to induce learning. In fact, if you strip a game down to its bare basics, the enjoyment factor is actually based on a built-in learning process. As we progress through the various levels of a game, we are learning and solving problems to go to the next level.Game-based learning (GBL), or gamification, is the topic of intense research in its application to the field of non-traditional learning. Games offer “authentic” problems to solve, where the student enters the virtual world, keeps progressing and eventually wins the game. This is far better than problem-based learning in a classroom, where the student is likely not motivated enough to solve a problem he or she hasn’t actually encountered.Games need not be complex, either. Even simple ones like Tetris can augment learning (in this case, how to arrange the falling bricks in a neat order). Hexa Dots is an interesting take on the classic color-matching game, where the player has to move four dots of the same color in a line to make them disappear.In this game, the difficulty bar is raised through the introduction of new dots after every move the player makes. This means that the player has to eliminate the dots in as few moves as possible; otherwise, new dots will block their path.In a complex world, it is worthwhile to acknowledge the fact that traditional methods which, while by no means useless, are insufficient to cater to the rapidly changing business scenario breeding the startups of today.Related: How Edtech Startups Are Using Technology To Up Their GameEntrepreneurs are revisiting traditional methods of training and learning to assess their efficiency in developing critical thinking skills in their staffs. In that quest for “usable knowledge,” technology is proving to be critical. 5 min read December 16, 2016 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Amazon Pays Thousands of People to Listen to Alexa Voice Recordings

first_img Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. April 11, 2019 When interacting with Alexa, you aren’t talking to a human, but that doesn’t mean to say other humans won’t hear what’s said. In fact, Amazon has thousands of people listening to our Alexa voice recordings every day.It may, or may not come as a revelation to you that what’s said in the vicinity of an Alexa smart speaker or display can be recorded and sent back to Amazon. As Bloomberg reports, there’s a big human element to Alexa, and it’s vital for the smart assistant to continue getting better at its job.Amazon employs thousands of people whose task it is to transcribe, annotate and then feedback into Alexa’s underlying software anything learned from specific recordings. This is a full time job for individuals scattered around the world, with confirmed locations in Costa Rica, India, Romania, and closer to home in Boston.A nine hour shift will see each employee listen to up to 1,000 voice recordings. Their task is to identify the human speech Alexa doesn’t fully understand and add the required extra information to ensure Alexa can respond more adeptly in future. By having thousands of people carry out this process daily, Amazon is relentlessly improving its smart assistant to handle any and all requests for all regions of the world. Customers can help too, though.The workers do occasionally hear upsetting and potentially criminal recordings, which are discussed in internal chat rooms and fed back to Amazon if necessary. However, Amazon’s stance is apparently one of not interfering. The workers also have no way of identifying who they are listening to as any personal or account information is removed.According to an Amazon spokesperson, “We take the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information seriously. We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order [to] improve the customer experience. For example, this information helps us train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems, so Alexa can better understand your requests, and ensure the service works well for everyone.”Bloomberg also discovered that even though Alexa is only meant to listen and record when the “wake word” is spoken, that’s not always the case. One of the workers spoken to said up to 100 recordings are being transcribed every day when Alexa was triggered by something other than the wake word.For anyone who uses Alexa and is concerned about these recordings, you can stop them from being listened to. In the Alexa Privacy Settings there is a “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa” section where you can decide whether your voice recordings are used to “help develop new features” and/or “help improve transcription accuracy.” Opting out of those should stop your recordings being listened to by Amazon employees or contractors. This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min readlast_img read more

Rady MBA Graduate Talks the Startup Life

first_img What is it like to launch a startup? It’s a lot of hard work and getting started is the hardest part, according to Peter Butler, a 2014 MBA graduate of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management.While Butler was earning his MBA at Rady, he and his co-founder Greg Hoover started Bubbl. “Bubbl is an iPhone app that maps live activities and events to help people discover fun things happening around them in real-time,” explained Butler. However, it took Butler years to get to the point of taking the first step toward his business.In fact, getting started is such a well-known difficulty when it comes to startups that it has even been jargonized in the industry, and there’s really no easy fix according to Butler. He tried committing money as a catalyst and even used a “business model canvas” taught as part of Rady’s Market Lab—but at the end of the day, he says you just have to do it. “It sounds simple and it is,” said Butler. “Pick a place to start, any place, and just do it… The day I realized it’s that simple I committed myself, designed the first prototype and started interviewing anyone that would talk to me about Bubbl and event discovery.”Once Butler got started, he was able to plan his personal routines for the next six months, work on Bubbl during the evenings and weekends, and set about getting it off the ground. His first step was to find a co-founder, someone who could build his product idea. That’s when he was introduced to Greg Hoover, an engineering and robotics teacher at Jacobs. Hoover had the necessary experience that Butler needed, and together they were finally able to get Bubbl in production.Now, a year later, they’ve launched Bubbl version 2.0, and they’re experimenting at UC San Diego with incorporating campus events into the Bubbl map. Although time will tell whether or not the app will be successful, “We wouldn’t be anywhere had we not figured out that all we needed to do was pick a place to start,” said Butler. Rady MBA Graduate Talks the Startup Life regions: San Diego About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo last_img read more