Updated: Aug 14, 2018
The learning process has naturally always been a subject of great interest. Our goal with Vivolearn is to utilize mental models to optimize the learning process of any subject for any individual.
There are a few Vivolearn features that allow for learning like never before seen.
The principles of Vivolearn E-Learning are:
1. Harmonious Learning Process
Currently, we must break focus from the activity we are doing in order to receive new information, which increases the chance for distraction when looking back and forth.
Our patent-pending technology allows smartwatches to be integrated into the learning process like never before. Vivolearn provides supplemental information to the learner right in their natural line of vision while they learn and practice new skills, which creates a less distracting learning environment.
2. Non-Disruptive User Feedback
Our learning management system is designed using biomimicry of the way the brain learns on a cellular level. Basically, your CNS (Central nervous system) sends a signal to your PNS (Peripheral nervous system), where depending on the context, a signal is sent back from the PNS to the CNS. The CNS then processes this signal, sending another signal that is modified based on feedback from the first, etc. etc. It is a continuous cascading process, and over time, the neurological pathways in your brain (CNS) physically changed based on this continuous feedback loop (or your life experiences).
Vivolearn technology positions the content of your smartwatch right in your natural line of vision in real time as you learn and practice new skills and activities. Because of this, there is the opportunity for our E-Learning platform to collect feedback from the user, and alter their individual learning pathway accordingly, to optimize it with their learning style. Feedback is collected in 2 ways, the first from the user's performance, much like how quizzes or tests rate mastery of a subject currently, and also simple rating cues delivered to the user throughout the learning process to gauge the effectiveness of different types of learning cues.
The more you use the Vivolearn E-Learning Platform, the more it learns about you and the more effective it is at predicting the most effective learning pathway for you.
3. Individualized Supplemental Instruction
User feedback collected (described in the previous section) is then used to create a detailed, ever changing learning profile of each individual user. The way these are implemented into the learning process are through supplemental learning cues, which are part of the foundation of Vivolearns method.
There are many factors that go into ones learning style, which are taken to account as our software determines the best type of supplemental learning cue for the student at that particular time in the learning process of any subject.
To best illustrate this concept, we created an example lesson plan for 4 different students, including in-class supplemental learning cues, as well as at home reinforcement cues (or in vivo homework). Below you will see the dynamic learning pathway for Xing, Emily, Jake, and Chase, as they learn the concept of perimeter.
As you can see, the learning profile takes into account both the learning style breakdown, as well as the student's interests (explained more in next section). The green pathway, on the top, represents the students time in class. The length of the learning cues represent the length of the exercises performed (the circles are the quickest exercises). There are activities that still must remain consistent to all students, due to the limitation of teacher student ratio, however the purple pathway on the bottom can be completely customized as it represents the students time outside of class.
In this example, the students are learning the concept of perimeter. The 4 students are all in the same class, hence the consistency in their in-class green learning pathway. As you can see, all students start out by watching a video, a visual exercise. Other than these learning cues that are consistent between students, you can also see that much of their in-class practice exercises are tailored to their learning style.
Timeliness and repetitiveness of reinforcement cues and learning cues also varies from student to student, and is constantly tested and optimized to fit their style. For example, outside of the classroom, Emily, a logical learner, learns best by sitting down and practicing for a few hours, all at once. Jake, a physical learner, benefits most from short practice exercises multiple times throughout the day, keeping his mind fresh on the information but not overwhelming him.
4. Real-Life Context Examples
Going even further into the concept of individualized supplemental instruction, this feature is one of the most valuable in terms of individualizing learning cues to the learner. Our real-life context examples take both the students other interests and current activities into account, and applies them to the ones they are trying to learn, in order to create the most synchronous overall learning in vivo.
Using the same example from above, Xing is an avid Minecraft player who loves to read. Vivolearn takes this into account, tailoring his homework exercises to the activities he is interested in and will realistically already be doing. Chase, a music enthusiast who takes guitar lessons 3 times a week outside of class, will have his reinforcement cues tailored to this activity, practicing the concepts he learned in class harmoniously with his guitar practice.
5. Dynamic Learning Pathways
As Vivolearn fuses the learning process with your real life, our system is able to automatically adjust your learning schedule based on the amount you are actually practicing, your performance, and other factors. Skipping forward to our principle of mastering mental models, our dynamic learning pathways ensure that the learning process is followed properly and thoroughly. If you do not master the unit circle, there is no point in moving forward to more advanced trigonometry concepts, this would be detrimental and demotivating, even causing the student to give up on the subject completely.
If you skip workouts 3 days in a row, you are not going to achieve the same scheduled results as your original plan determined. And if you just jump right back into that routine without taking the 3 days rest into account, the routine will now not be as effective as it was originally intended. Our dynamic learning pathways take into account your real life performance and activity in vivo to make sure every time you go into practice or step back into a routine you forgot about for a while, you are performing the right kind of practice that is relevant to your current skill level.
6. Person First, Tech Second Approach
Vivolearn takes a new approach to how we use and interact with technology. While technology can obviously improve our quality of life in many ways, we are currently at a tipping point in how it is integrated into society. Before technology, learning new concepts and mastering skills required an internal problem-solving mechanism. This is considered internal learning by experts in the field. On the other hand, external learning describes the process of learning to use external resources (i.e. Google) to find the same solution without having to really think about why that is the answer.
While Google and other technologies truly are amazing resources, not being careful and observant of the effects of overusing them can be dangerous. We are coming to a point where internal learning is no longer thought to be necessary to navigate in todays world. Why learn something if you can find the answer online?
This phenomenon we refer to as a Tech First, Person Second approach. We have reached a point where technology is actually replacing the human element. We are letting our lives be controlled by technology, instead of the other way around. Vivolearn's person first, tech second approach is made possible through our patent-pending technology which allows for only the right information to be displayed at the right place at the right time throughout the learning process, while you actually perform the activity you are trying to learn or practice.
Instead of making using technology an act in itself, (think zoning out on your laptop or smartphone), where the amount of information is so overwhelming that you can go down the rabbit hole and completely forget what you were originally searching for, Vivolearn is naturally incorporating tech into our everyday lives, so we can get back to living.
Many of the benefits I just described could be said about augmented reality, and we do feel strongly that AR, if used correctly will have the same, if not greater, benefit on life that Vivolearn does. This is why we will be investing heavily in consumer AR as our company grows.
7. Mastering Mental Models
Mental models, or mental representations, are at the foundation of Vivolearn's in vivo E-Learning platform.
Mental models are simple representations we use to break down and understand more complex concepts. They are the building blocks of learning a new skill, and rely on one another to progress one towards more advanced performance.
Mental representations are most effective and most easily remembered when created internally, as the process of creating a novel mental model shows a thorough understanding of the concept and will make it easier for your brain to come back to this representation almost sub-consciously as you learn more advanced and complex skills.
In the above diagram, you see a representation of some of the mental models used in learning proper running form. The zig-zag pattern starts with the runner learning the concept of deep breathing, using a mental model of 3-chambered lungs to represent the deep breathing mechanics. After learning and practicing this concept, the second mental model teaches the runner about proper spine elongation, part of proper running form. Deep breathing is essential for proper spine elongation. Learning this concept compounds from the first mental model, and the learners brain has now changed to incorporate both of these concepts into their running form.
By the end of the learning module, the runner is now using a composition of the 5 mental models they have learned to ensure proper running form.
This concept of mental models does not only apply to physical fitness, but is used in everything from math to history. We feel that these are SO important to the learning process, that much of Vivolearn's platform is based off learning and practicing these mental models at different times in the learning process.
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