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Guided Deep Learning and the Future of Assessment

Victory’s spinoff metacog has been busy adding new features and functionalities. When companies look to incorporate metacog into their digital products, they want to know two things: How does metacog work? What can metacog help me do now that I couldn’t do before? The answers to both questions lie in our unique approach to guided deep learning application: machine learning steered by an…

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Automated Invisible Assessment with metacog

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The Problem: Open-ended Tasks Are Underutilized We have been blogging about performance tasks for several years. One thing we have heard many times from publishers and educators alike: “I’d use performance tasks more often if I didn’t have to score them.”

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metacog Building Its Deep Learning Analytics Platform with Databricks

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Victory’s spinoff metacog was just featured in a blog post by Databricks, a company founded by the team that created Apache Spark, a powerful open-source data processing engine. See the Databricks blog post below. metacog has been hard at work releasing new capabilities of its learning analytics platform, while at the same time enhancing existing…

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Design: The Secret Behind Effective Digital Learning Experiences–Part 2

In our first blog on this topic, we began to reveal the secret behind the magnetic allure of games, simulations, and other online performance-based digital learning experiences. We showed you a well-aligned, well-designed simulation-based science performance task. In this blog, we’ll show you how the design of a digital performance task directly influences the richness of…

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What is metacog?

Watch this video for some behind-the-scenes thinking about metacog, our ground-breaking data analytics work. What is metacog? metacog is a series of APIs (application programming interfaces), or more simply put, software tools that give information to other software applications. What does metacog do? metacog is the engine in your car. It’s the paint on your paintbrush. It’s…

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metacog Partners with PhET Interactive Simulations

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A lot of education companies are putting data analytics to work, because the first step in improving student outcomes is to see where students are. All Data Analytics Were Not Created Equal But you can only get so much from information collected outside the activities. That kind of data is like taking student attendance —…

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metacog Releases Automated Real-time Rubric-based Scoring API

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Victory’s spinoff metacog just released its advanced scoring analytics API at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia. See the press release here, and feel free to share it with your colleagues. Why Assessment Has Changed Assessments have been evolving rapidly, mostly due to these factors: The new standards (Common Core and Next Generation Science) focus on practices…

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Design: The Secret Behind Effective Digital Learning Experiences – Part 1

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The emerging world of simulations and game-based learning is gaining traction with students, teachers, and designers of digital learning environments. Why?

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Why Instrument an Educational Simulation?

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In earlier blogs, I showed how we are using metacog to instrument some of our prototype TEIs (technology enhanced items). The idea is simple: as thousands or millions of learners use a DLO (digital learning object), their actions can be streamed anonymously to the metacog™ servers. This happens in the background without interfering with the…

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The Next Wave of Competency Portfolios

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Victory’s spin-off, metacog, is up and running. As with any breakthrough technology, it may take some time for people to realize its full potential. One promising area has been getting a lot of buzz lately: competency portfolios. Originally, portfolios were the domain of artists or architects, and competency portfolios retain a visual emphasis. You want…

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