There are three phases in a complete learning process: (1) learn, (2) assimilate, and (3) apply. According to research by Michael M. Lombardo and Robert W. Eichinger of the Center for Creative Leadership:
-Approximately 70% of learning takes place from experiments on workstation, tasks and problem solving,
-Approximately 20% of learning is based on feedback and interaction with others,
-Approximately 10% of learning takes place from courses and reading.
Innovation today is in the acquisition phase that represents only 10% of the process: e-learning, MOOC, flip classroom, blended... However, nothing has changed in the personal investment in learning and the engagement of reviewing to remember.
Research studies show: when we learn, if we donât review, we forget. And the reviewing and consolidation of knowledge is not in the 10% but in the 70% of the learning.
Investments in learning and training are important. What to do if learning are forgotten? How to measure the impacts of learning beyond the simple budget perspective? How to drive performance?
Ignacio Estrada said "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn". As long as life learning is a reality, we can apply this imperative to any person of any age. And as learning implies assimilation and personal investment, can we adapt the assimilation process to each person?
Cognitive sciences and technology have made this possible. Every person reviews at their own pace based on their capacities of time, memory, etc. Once a piece of information is truly known, it is easier to recall and use in real personal and professional situations.
Complementary to the acquisition phase, with our adaptive learning and memorization solution we allow learners optimize and better consolidate their knowledge. As the training's contents are better memorized, solidified and measured, they become assimilated skills that transform training activities into performance drivers that are maintained over time.
Today we can learn all life long. In a learning process, we can identify 3 main steps:
1. Learn: The first time we learn something new from a teacher in a classroom, e-learning, MOOC, book or other kind of learning.
2. Assimilate: The process of practicing, reviewing and repeating to consolidate the new learning of the first step.
3. Apply: The moment when the new knowledge is assimilated and ready to be used.
We observe that:
-Memorization is important in a complete learning process:
-It's true in primary, secondary and long life learning.
-Memorisation is especially important when one is under pressure, in situations like exams or safety compliance.
-Assimilating knowledge implies revising and practising.
One month after the initial moment of learning, 80% of what has been learned is forgotten.
The retention of knowledge is a key point if the learning process is to be brought to completion. To make training a driver of performance, Domoscio offers an adaptive memorization solution to efficiently remember more and thus improve in the long term, the development of skills and be able to measure its impact.
As learning content is better memorized, solidified and measured, it transforms into assimilated skills. Training activities are thus turned into performance drivers, employment outcomes. Better still, it is maintained over time.
Domoscio's objectives are:
- Consolidate knowledge with an adaptive learning and memorization solution
- Provide individual learning analytics to measure learning's and training's impacts
- Drive performance and increase employment outcomes.
NB 1: Domoscio's research is based on Ebbinghaus's research studies
NB 2: domo scio means "The house of knowledge" in Esperanto
There is already a large environment and players around education, learning and training. It is composed by public and private institutions and organizations and is composed by: content editors, software and e-learning providers and academic institutions. In additions, there are different actors including: students and learners, teachers and instructors but also HR managers, training directors, school directors, parents...
Every player and actor has his own roll and today none of them can be replaced by a machine or computer program.
We stand as the complement of the existing players with our technological and pedagogical approach to a learning process. Domoscio position is to be the technological partner to the actual players:
- Content editors: to benefit of our technology by using their content in a new way and increase the use of adapted content.
- Software provider: to easily integrate our adaptive technology to offer new services and have a personalized user learning experience.
- Academic institutions: to have better insightful analytics and complement they offer by increasing the engagement and results.
- Corporate training departments: to drive performance, optimize training time and increase employment outcomes.
- Learners: to personalize and optimize the reviewing process, spend less time and remember longer for a better learning and assimilation of knowledge and in consequence increase personal engagement and motivation.
- Teachers: to be able to better follow learners with insightful analytics, allowing them to adapt their teaching.
Especially, we are the:
- Technological partner of software vendors in the evolution of practices.
- Pedagogical partner for training providers to enhance learning and memorization.
- Business partner for content publishers in their new digital approach.
Domoscio team is completely committed to bring the adaptive learning and memorization technology to all level of learning. The solution is already developed and we work closely with our clients and partners.
Today partners are:
- France Universite Numerique (French MOOC platform)
- Editions Hatier (education publisher)
- Prismallia (Authoring software and tools for publishers)
- Xperteam (Learning Management System provider)
- Gutenberg Technology (Authoring software for publishers)
- Cap Digital (Public Innovation cluster)
Some of our clients are:
- Editions Didier (Publisher)
- Ifis (Corporate training institution)
- Universite Descartes
In addition, we are financed by the French Ministry of Education to bring our technology to the K-12 classrooms. We are also waiting to have another grant confirmed - this one from the French Agency for Research.
In 2014 Domoscio won the Open Education Challenge after competing with more than 630 projects. It was also rewarded as one of the 7 more innovative start-ups in education and training by the European Commission.
The main impacts expected are:
- Better employment outcomes as learning are better assimilated and solidified; this knowledge can become the basis for the acquisition of new skills. This is especially true if this knowledge is related to compliance and safety regulation that can save lives.
- Increase engagement as the learning content is better assimilated, with less effort and less time on one hand. On the other, the process is individualized, improving learning outcomes for each learner.
A learner without Domoscio: when a learner learns something new he/she forgets and prefers to do something other than waste time reviewing.
Finally, they spends time reviewing at the last minute and end up skipping some subjects. The result is only an average performance in the short run, and no consolidation of knowledge in the long run.
A learner with Domoscio: The methodology invoked by Domoscio's solution allows spreading the revisions over time and making their impact more effective.
After a first evaluation, our solution organizes a revision plan for each learner. Just before a learner forgets something, Domoscio will push a reminder.
The learner answers the quiz and the consolidation of knowledge is done easily.
Domoscio's technology is based in different research studies that allow us to affirm that with our solution a learner retains 20% more after one week and spend 4 times less time in the reviewing process.
The adaptive memorization algorithm exists and is already implemented in our clients (learning and training institutions, academic institutions) in different sectors (pharmaceutical sector, Higher Education sector). It is available for Moodle with a plugin, for other platforms with an API or as a stand-alone web solution. We also have an Android and iOS access.
However, what happens if the assimilation doesn't work? It is probably because the concepts were not learned adequately the first time. In these cases, a re-learning process has to be launched. This re-learning process will be managed with an adaptive learning solution.
The adaptive learning algorithm that facilitates the re-learning is going to be available for the last semester of 2015. A large experiment is planned, which will involve 1000 children of 11-years-old learning Math and French and older people also learning French.
Furthermore, we are working with MOOC platforms like Open edX to bring our technology to the MOOC environments.