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Optimizing vocabulary learning: The Impact of MemoryLab’s ‘Quick Skip’ algorithm

Adaptive learning systems are designed to tailor learning experiences to the personal needs of each student. These systems can track and predict student performance, and based on this data, develop personalized repetition schedules of to-be learned material. This can enhance the retention of declarative knowledge, such as vocabulary or toponymy (Lindsey et al., 2014; Papousek […]

Towards adaptive, inclusive and personalised assessment and learning technology

Digital learning technologies create new opportunities for personalising the learning process. By personalising each learner’s environment, we can better align it to their needs. When thinking about personalisation in this context, there are several important questions to consider. Which elements of a learning environment can be personalised? And who decides what to personalise and how? […]

Data-driven skill discovery to personalise education

Imagine facing a task you have never encountered before. Perhaps a broken vacuum, a challenge unfamiliar yet oddly conquerable. Recalling how you tackled a clogged drain by clearing a blocked pipe, you then remember using a broom to retrieve your shoes from under the couch. Skill A meets Skill B, and you wield a stick […]

Personalized Adaptive Learning Systems: From Simple Facts to Complex Materials

Adaptive learning systems like MemoryLab have changed the way we learn, by tailoring digital learning sessions to the needs of individual learners. To date, such systems have been particularly helpful in memorizing vocabulary and factual knowledge. In a recent collaboration with Hogeschooltaal, a publisher of language learning materials for applied university education in the Netherlands, […]

MemoryLab’s new Model-Based Mastery algorithm helps students learn faster

Chart showing trials to reach mastery are lower Model-based mastery compared to optimal spacing

Adaptive learning systems can redefine learning experiences by shaping education to individual needs, optimizing student performance. Within this landscape, MemoryLab has recently introduced the Model-Based Mastery (MBM) algorithm, which strategically excludes sufficiently studied facts from repetition schedules, increasing learning efficiency. In this blog post I delve into our comparative analysis of the MBM algorithm versus […]

Building TafelTrainer #4: Evaluating learner performance in the Multiplication Trainer 

In the previous blog posts, we gave an insight in the process of designing and developing the Multiplication Trainer, a multiplication app that can help learners to automatise multiplications through repeated retrieval practice. As part of the design and implementation process, we conducted a pilot to test the system in over 500 primary school students. […]

Building TafelTrainer #2: Classroom pilot

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Engaging in usability testing with younger users demands a careful and considerate approach, especially when working with children. The primary goal of usability testing is to have users interact with your product, allowing close observation of their navigation through a set of tasks. In this way you can test the functionality of your product. In […]

Building TafelTrainer #1: Usability Testing

TafelTrainer screenshot with a multiplication being answered incorrectly

Usability testing plays a crucial role in the product creation journey. Conducting usability testing sheds light on understanding whether your users find your product easy and intuitive to use, making it an essential skill for every UX designer in their daily jobs. In this blog, I will cover my personal experience in conducting testing of […]

How you can use retrieval practice strategies to study more effectively

World map with employee image and title "How I learned all 197 countries in 1 week - Retrieval practice"

Imagine you have just finished reading through your study material. Now, as you sit there with the knowledge fresh in your mind, consider this: How do you ensure it stays with you when you need it most? This blog will argue that the short answer is retrieval practice – the art of actively trying to […]

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