“With Quantum’s approach, students are better able to transfer knowledge acquired from Targeted Practice to new problems not previously encountered,” stated Mr. Erik Slayter, accounting instructor in the Agribusiness Department at Cal Poly.
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) April 26, 2011
Quantum Simulations, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) innovation, announced today a new AI-based learning method, Targeted Practice, which is proven to improve student learning efficiency and optimize study time effectiveness. The learning approach is a component of Quantum’s tutoring software which provides students with individualized homework feedback and instructors with on-demand assessment tools summarizing improvement and mastery outcomes.
In a study evaluating student learning at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California, 88 undergraduate students taking an Introductory Financial Accounting course were randomly divided into two groups. Half of the students practiced with conventional textbook problems and half used Quantum’s Targeted Practice approach which applies principles of cognitive load theory, a research-based model of how memory works, to maximize student comprehension and retention.
After one 50-minute class session on the topic of transaction analysis, the group that used Quantum’s Targeted Practice performed 15.5% faster and achieved 26.5% more correct answers than those practicing with textbook problems. Furthermore, the Targeted Practice group was able to apply what they learned to other problems not practiced, outperforming the textbook group by 9.1%.
“With Quantum’s approach, students are better able to transfer knowledge acquired from Targeted Practice to new problems not previously encountered,” stated Mr. Erik Slayter, accounting instructor in the Agribusiness Department at Cal Poly. “Students are able to achieve understanding at a conceptual level with less study time, which has a powerful impact on successful student outcomes.”
“The results do not imply that conventional textbook problems should be discarded, but rather that beginning with Targeted Practice before transitioning to conventional problems builds stronger knowledge of the concepts more quickly, providing an improved path to mastery of the very same textbook problems,” added Dr. Benny Johnson, president/CEO at Quantum.
Dr. Johnson is presenting the results from a paper titled “Impact of Structure of Early Practice on Student Performance in Transaction Analysis” at the Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TACTYC) Conference, May 12-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Quantum Tutors can be used with ANY publisher’s textbook, is proven to increase test scores at least a full letter grade and is rated as "Very Helpful" or "Helpful" by 99% of students surveyed. The full paper on Targeted Practice along with more information about the Quantum Tutors and Assessment Reporting is available at http://www.quantumtutors.com/accounting.html.
Dedicated to its mission to improve education, Quantum Simulations, Inc. is a leader in intelligent technologies and on the cutting edge of innovation. Quantum develops unique artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software for accounting, science and mathematics that empowers instructors and inspires students in K-16, adult learning and distance education programs to achieve more. Quantum's intelligent learning software is available stand-alone or integrated with web-based homework products and learning management systems. Through funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, including the SBIR program, the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health and in collaboration with educators nationwide, Quantum is realizing its vision of inquiry-based learning and thinking, modeling and scaffolding to teach students how to become better learners and independent thinkers.