This interview is part of our new AI in Education series, where we interview the world's top thought leaders on the front lines of the intersections between AI and education.
In this interview, we speak with Andrew Smith Lewis, co-founder of Cerego, to understand how his company is using AI to transform education, and what the future of the education industry holds.
1. What’s the story behind your Cerego? Why and how did you begin?
AL: Cerego was founded in 2013 by myself and Eric Young. Prior to 2013, we were involved in an education technology company in Japan where the sole focus was on learning languages. After realizing we could apply the same principles used for languages to a broad range of learning and training applications, the company adopted a new mission: to help people reach their full potential by unlocking the promise of education and training.
Cerego’s goal is to create a new model for how we’ll bridge the gap between our outdated education systems / ineffective corporate learning programs and the future of learning. We realize that the future of work is rapidly changing, and our technology has the ability to assist people with this change, empowering them to learn new skills faster and for the long term.
K-12 and higher education institutions use Cerego to provide students with a more effective and efficient learning experience, enabling them to retain information longer. Cerego aims to transform the learning experience for everyone, making better teachers and better students.
2. Please describe your use case and how Cerego uses artificial intelligence:
AL: Cerego is using AI to scale the “how” of learning, not just the “what” (content), to make learning possible for anyone. Our learning platform is built on three pillars: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and our proprietary learning technology. Cerego uses AI to adapt the learning experience to every user, ensuring that every item each individual user sees is personalized. The AI-assisted predictive algorithms are used to deliver an optimal learning experience – showing the right content at the right time to boost learning and retention.
3. Could you share a specific customer/user that benefits from what you offer? What has Cerego done for them?
AL: Cerego is used in over 1,000 higher education, K-12, and corporate institutions, but one specific use case that showcases its impact is at Arizona State University, specifically in their Global Freshman Academy (GFA).
In 2015, GFA implemented Cerego’s adaptive learning platform into introductory courses to provide online students with the same engaging experience as the university’s in-person courses offer. The impact of Cerego’s integration is exemplified by the progress made in the GFA Health and Wellness course in Spring A 2019. In this course, 436 students completed all Cerego sets, while 141 students completed only some of the sets. The average grade in the course for students who completed all sets was 12% higher, while the midterm scores from this group were 9% higher and the final exam scores were 9% higher.
These consistently higher scores across the board demonstrate how effective Cerego is for improving the learning experience and helping students achieve mastery of a subject or skill. Additionally, when Cerego is demoed to faculty who will be using it in their courses, professors comment on how clean, straightforward, user-friendly and interactive the platform is, which benefits not only their students but for them as well.