How ProLearning works

Traditionally, doctoral-level data crunching was the domain of specialist education analysts who cost more than most schools could afford. As a result, many schools have relied upon incomplete information, making costly mistakes. ProLearning helps schools save money each year as they make better decisions.

With ProLearning:

  • School professionals quickly access insignts for action
  • Schools can access richer and more holistic insights than before
  • School decision-making is improved
  • Administrators, teachers, students and parents are all provided action plans.

How does a ProLearning implementation work?

  1. ProLearning uploads all data relevant to school performance and student learning, for example, data from school system portals,  student information systems, Year 12 Examination authorities, etc.
  2. The system matches data across sources to generate a longitudinal record of all learning events for each student. Typically data for the last four years is loaded, so that the analysis of trends in the data can be analysed.
  3. The school-friendly ProLearning interface means that you do not have to know anything about the management of data, or statistical analysis to analyse your data across years, Year-Levels, for sub-groups of students, etc. 
  4. The ProLearning Web-interface allows school staff to ask questions via a point-and-click interface. ProLearning asks the user to indicate what data - attendance, tests, teacher grades, etc -  they want analysed to provide an answer to their question.
  5. ProLearning provides diagnostic analyses of learning for individual students over time, and across factors that impact on learning can be generated: teacher grades, test scores, attendance, behaviour, engagement, aspirations, self-confidence, resilience, quality of teaching, etc.
  6. ProLearning voice and visual interface uses leading-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to manage a research-grade advanced statistical system for analysing school data.
  7. Most of what school staff want to know can be presented to them through an app that they speak to, and which presents the answers to their specific questions,

What sort of questions does ProLearning address?

The platform will allow teachers to ask about the learning of students in their class, or about the learning of a specific student.  For example, 

  • “Which students in this class have not mastered the ‘division of decimals’ skills I taught over the past week?”
  • “What key issues do I need to address for <studentname> to master the skills and knowledge that I am currently teaching in this Year 9 maths Class?

The school leadership team will also be able to ask questions that require the platform to undertake complex statistical analyses of specific data, for example, to answer the questions: 

  • “Is there a trend in the school’s NAPLAN Numeracy score over the past five years?”
  • “What are the main causes of the improvement in our Year 12 English scores over the past two years?”
  • “Is there an pattern in the incidence of specific types of student misbehaviour across a day, across a week, across a term, or across the year, and is this associated with specific classes, or year-levels?”

During 2019, the platform will be extended to engage parents, who will be able to ask questions such as:

  • “How well is my <son/daughter name> doing at school?”
  • “Has my <son/daughter name> now learnt how to do the maths problem he was having difficulties with over the past couple of weeks?”
  • “What can I do to support <son/daughter name> [who is in Year 12] to manage their homework time this year?”

Highly specialised artificial intelligence applications manage the understanding of each question, ‘translate’ the question into a statistical model, run the model, and then ‘translate’ the statistical output into the language of teaching and learning appropriate to the specific audience.

 

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