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Klik2learn Wins Place at Innovate 2015 Show

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Klik2learn has beaten tough competition from across the UK to win a place to showcase its product – Protalk – at the UK’s largest innovation show in November.

The Strathclyde University start–up, founded by RSE Enterprise Fellow Ann Attridge and chaired by eminent Scottish businessman Nick Kuenssberg, has been selected to showcase its innovation to over 3,000 attendees at Innovate 2015 on 9-10 November at Old Billingsgate in London.

Klik2learn is already changing the face of English language learning with its fully digital SQA endorsed qualification for English to Speakers of Other Languages. Klik2learn’s innovative pronunciation app, Protalk, is now set to revolutionize the way learners can improve their spoken English.  Protalk goes beyond the pronunciation of sounds to analyse and feedback a learner’s use of stress and intonation, a technology developed jointly with Strathclyde University which will shortly be released in beta version on the appstore.  Protalk has been further developed in collaboration with Osmania University, Hyderabad, to cover its use in six major Indian languages. Discussions are ongoing with the British Council in Delhi and the Head of Product Development in London as well as with a number of language schools and FE colleges.

Founder Ann Attridge said: “While the technology has been developed initially for the global English language market, it is transferable to other languages and has additional applications in the health care sector.”

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan said: “Klik2learn is a deserved winner and joins a prestigious group of 100 top innovators showcasing their products at Innovate 2015. With attendees ranging from international investors, buyers and visionary entrepreneurs to government and academia, the showcase is a great platform for winning companies.”

Catherine Raines, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment, said: “Innovate 2015 is a fantastic chance for some of the most cutting edge companies in the UK today to meet international partners and do business. I am really pleased that KIik2learn will be among the hundreds of UK firms at the show as well as business delegations from all corners of the world.

Innovate 2015 is the UK’s largest multi-sector innovation event and is organised by Innovate UK and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to create opportunities for export and investment for the UK’s most innovative companies.

For more information and ticket information please visit the Innovate 2015 website.

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Feedback from Tutors and Student

STUDENT FEEDBACK FROM QUESTIONNAIRES

Responses were graded on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the top score

Design/navigation

71% gave this the top score

Characters/journey

85% found the characters and journey concept helpful

Revision games

All learners gave these a score of 1 or 2

Grammar Guide/dictionary

All learners gave these a score of 1 or 2

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

‘It made me feel very interested on it, keep me busy. I’ve liked it very much.’

‘The characters are a good guide to learn. They are very colourful and nice. I liked it when they chose different towns to travel. I’ve learned quite a lot about the UK with them. It makes it more fun – like a game.’

‘I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I think it will be nice and helpful to the students so it is important to make a good promotion of it. Congratulations!’

‘I found a few words that I didn’t understand but the dictionary was very helpful.’

The games about travelling in Britain was very good.’

‘I liked the pronunciation activities and the one where you describe your personality from your handwriting.’

‘There was an activity about the whole mobile culture. I really liked that because I learned a lot of words I didn’t know.’

‘I liked building sentences and finding the difference between formal and informal language.’

INTERVIEW WITH HNC STUDENT

 

  • Please tell us a bit about the course you’re doing and why you decided to choose that subject…

 

 

Level B1 ESOL from Klik2learn. I have done the ESOL materials trial because it helps me to remember more words and to look for grammar to make my English more correct. I chose it because I want to work as a carer but have had no experience and this course gave me the chance to improve my English knowledge and take a course to be a carer at the same time.

 

  • What advantages does an online course have compared to a classroom- based course?

 

The advantage is that I have access at any time so I can have my supper and have a cup of tea and learn at home afterwards.  It is good for busy people like me when I have children, shift work and course work and I can’t always be in college at the same time every week.  I have a laptop and internet at home so I don’t need to come in to college to access the material. I can access them at home.

 

  • How hard is it to motivate yourself to work when you can dictate your own timetable?

 

Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes not. It depends how busy I am that week.  It was very difficult when I had a NAB (assessment) to prepare for.  It depends for the individual.  If you want to learn you will have time but if you don’t you will never have time.

 

  • Is contact with a tutor important or could you learn just by yourself?

 

It is important to have a contact with a tutor because sometimes I needed to write things but the computer cannot check what I write.  There were things that it would be good to give it to a tutor to check and if I’m unsure about how to do something.  If I don’t know why I need to do something there is no-one at home to ask so I would need a tutor.

 

  • What’s the best part of the course? And why?

 

The best part is that there is no time pressure so there are bits that I have done very fast and other bits I have done a few times to make them correct.  I could listen again until I catch the main points.

The repeating at the beginning when introducing hard words – there was a suggestion to check the dictionary and the examples that followed and filling in the blanks was useful.  Repeated practice was good. It makes it easier to recognise the word.  Examples and exercises helped with difficult words. Families of words like may, might, would, could, need etc are difficult to use in context and the practice was good.

 

  • What have you found difficult or stressful about it? And why?

 

Not stressful but I had problems with listening about the stores and then a listening exercise that described the shops.  When it gave the pictures with the shops and asked you to listen it was difficult to catch that information.  It was difficult to remember what was heard previously to know if the current listening exercise was correct.  Both the information bites were very similar that it was difficult to remember the first one to know any differences.  I could understand the words but it was difficult to remember and compare the two sound bites.

 

  • How much time per week do you spend studying the course?

 

Approximately three hours per week

 

  • What have you learnt since doing your course that you didn’t know before?

 

I needed to build the sentences and this really helped my understanding of a correct sentence.  I find the structure of sentence difficult and this has improved my sentences.  I now have fewer mistakes in the writing I show my tutor.

 

  • If you could get a complete ESOL qualification online using this course, would you be interested?

 

Yes, definitely.

The materials are helpful for me. It is user friendly and is enjoyable.  The short and longer exercises give me a choice of what to do according to the time I have and according to how tired or busy I am.  I am using it in preparation for doing a full time HNC course in care next year.  It also helps with my son’s homework because I can check the things I don’t know.

 

TUTOR TESTIMONIALS/COMMENTS

‘If the students can use it at home, it should make a big difference to their progress.’

‘My impression was that the students enjoyed trying out the activities.  Two of them had to sit with someone else who was logged in as they hadn’t received login details, but that wasn’t a huge problem at that stage.  I let them explore the site for themselves and as I went around the class I saw them trying out different activities and it looked very good.  I would say it was definitely worth-while taking an hour of the class to get everyone logged-in and exploring for themselves and that, by doing this, they will be more likely to re-visit it from home – which is what we want!’


‘I’ve done the Introduction myself and found it good.   The feedback I have from the students is that they are enjoying it and finding it easy to navigate around it.  Once they were set up I have allowed them to explore the resource on their own but giving help when needed.  One of the students has accessed it from home and enjoyed doing this.  With the Easter break coming up I suggested to them to work on it during the holidays and give me feedback when coming back. ‘

‘I use online materials as extra activities to complement the hand outs, books plus audio materials that I use. I also use Moodle the college virtual learning area in my class.  I encourage the students to use online materials from home and I also use them if I have multi-level students and I am working with a particular group then the others can work by themselves until I can come around and work with them.’

‘Advantages  – I would think it would be when used as a complementary tool and that way, it allows flexibility within the class time plus it would allow students  that cannot come into class, either due to personal circumstances or because they live a long distance away from the college sites, an opportunity to access materials.’

‘I would consider using it in class as a complementary tool in a multi-level class.’

‘The collaborative learning platform- forum etc. might be useful for the students that like using online forums and sharing resources.’

‘If they couldn’t access the classes I would imagine they might consider buying this themselves if the price was reasonable.’

‘I am only able to allow a short time at the end of the lesson for the students to

work on this.  I have encouraged them to work from home on the activities and I

will monitor this to see how they are getting on with accessing it remotely.’

‘The materials covered a good range of ability. I was surprised that the more able students also benefited from it as well as the weaker ones.’

Ann Attridge M.A(Hons), M.Litt, M.Ed, LTCL, PGDE

 

Ann Attridge Founding Director Klik2learn, is a Chartered Teacher with degrees in English, French, and Educational Management. She has over 20 years in education including the secondary, further and tertiary sectors. Nine years in ESOL teaching led to an M.Litt research  degree in Applied Linguistics. In 2010 Ann was awarded A Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship to set up Klik2learn.

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Robert Rennie

 

Robert Rennie Technical Adviser to Klik2learn, has been leading teams, managing software projects and developing innovative solutions for over 20 years and has been a director of several companies ranging in size from 2 to 220 staff. He has worked at a senior level in Learning & Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies. Robert provides technical consultancy and software development services to Klik2learn.

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Mark Haldane BA (Hons), MSc

 

With a background in animation and design, Mark Haldane has a love for visual storytelling. Mark utilises his skills to design and build visual, interactive learning tools within Klik2learn with an eye to making them fun, effective and most importantly, engaging. 

Mark has a great deal of experience in digital media and visual communication. As a freelance artist he has worked with a range of companies and clients to produce visual content, from static imagery to animation to fully-interactive media, and has developed a varied and extensive skill set to draw from.

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Currently non executive chairman, mentor and business angel, chairman mLED Ltd, Scott & Fyfe Ltd and Canmore Partnership Ltd and two DB pension schemes, honorary professor at the University of Glasgow and trustee, Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

 

Previously had an international business career where he was main board director Coats Viyella plc, managing director Dawson International plc, chairman Stoddard International plc, Iomart Group plc, GAP Group Ltd, Keronite PLC and Halls of Broxburn Ltd, chairman of the Glasgow School of Art, ScotlandIS, Scotland the Brand, IoD (Scotland) and Scottish Networks International, deputy chairman SEPA, non executive director Bank of Scotland (West), Standard Life, Scottish Power plc, Amino Technologies plc, chairman of Quality Assurance Agency Scotland, visiting professor Strathclyde University, external examiner Aberdeen Business School, trustee David Hume Institute and public interest member of Council, ICAS.

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