Inspiration

Digital education has become a necessity in today's pandemic world. Yet, the tools available for teachers are either expensive and proprietary (most adaptive learning platforms) or cheap and limited (Google Classroom and Moodle, which mostly allow you to post slides and simple quizzes, with links to other content). There are few teaching platforms that exist that are as simple, powerful, and transformative for teachers to use as Powerpoint that allow for adaptive choose-your-own-adventure learning, yet affordable and usable in the developing world.

What it would do

This platform aims to accomplish three primary objectives: 1) allow for creative and innovative task, lesson, and course design in a simple-to-use form factor, 2) have deep-drill analytics that allow a teacher to quickly identify who is having problems, why, and render aid on the spot, and 3) be usable both online and offline.

Challenges we are running into

Currently, the primary challenge we are running into is time and personnel to work to the project. The small team is making progress, but not as quickly as we would all like.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Lev worked for ten years to develop innovative adaptive online science courses and tools for digital diplomacy games. These tools have been implemented in dozens of universities and these courses have been deployed to thousands of students, with outstanding reviews. Lev's work has won a number of grants and awards for his previous team, including from the National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This project in particular (Agavi) was a finalist in the EUvsVirus Hackathon (May 2020) in the Education category and one of the winners of the DN Unlimited Hackathon (November 2020).

What's next for Agavi

We are currently raising startup funds via an Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agavi-digital-education-everywhere Teachers will begin testing the early versions of the platform in March, with anticipated deployment in June.

For more updates on this and other related projects, visit https://www.sciencevoices.org, https://www.agavi-ed.org, or follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sciencevoices)

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