measuring online students competencies



measuring online students competencies


Edulai is a research based Educational Technology tool aimed at monitoring and measuring online students' competencies and skills while suggesting students targeted content for improvement.

Edulai comes from the idea of Lucilla Crosta, an online doctoral lecture, believing that the use of technology  in education can be done with a different lens aimed at helping online adult students to have a more equal online learning experience.

Edulai is based on the use of Artificial Intelligence that can be defined as an area of computer science related to the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. .


The development of Edulai recalls  digital badges and credentials and a “competencies based education” system where institutions need to provide clear evidence in front of employers on how their students have developed skills and competencies they claim to have. Lucilla believes that technology per se cannot really make a difference if not based on a strong research and pedagogical framework that supports it. Edulai is indeed based on the idea of  “formative, summative and sustainable assessments”

Lucilla has also embraced Vygotsky theory of Zone of proximal development arguing that, there is always in any student, a potential area of development that the student can reach with the help of the more experience student or teacher.


Edulai  is different from other Educational Technology tools because it is able, in different moments in time, to detect the degree of development of students’ specific competencies and skills while learning online. Edulai can also recommend new targeted content to each student for improving their skills and it can be of support of teacher who could monitor students' progress and help them accordingly. Edulai can also be integrated into different Learning Management Systems.

Edulai and its overall framework and functionalities are currently under a Patent Pending process.


Why ?

Why ?


Because  there is not yet an Intelligent System that can both help students identifying their competencies development and help teachers monitor their students’ competencies with such level of details. Moreover Edulai as a recommendation system suggests also new high quality targeted resources, to students in order to enhance further their competencies.

Assesment framework

Lucilla has designed for Edulai a Triangulated Assessment Framework (TAF)(TM) . This means that online students’ competencies development will be detected in different moments in time, through the combination of 3 types of assessment:

-       The faculty online assessment;

-       The student online self-assessment;

-       The System online assessment.

Lucilla's believes that this can contribute to a more "democractic"  assessment process in which assessment itself is shared by 3 key actors and not owned only by one of them. This process can also help the students and the teacher to identify specific skills and competencies rather than learning goals or amount of knowledge acquired. 


Edulai can be integrated inside the institution existing Learning Management System and it has the following type of functionalities:

1)    Searching and recommendation for new resources

2)    Identifying and measuring students’ level of competencies and skills development

Both students and teachers can access analytics providing information on skills and competencies developed  such as:

- Ability to think critically; 

- Ability to collaborate within a group;

- Ability to communicate effectively;

- Ability to lead a team.

Competencies development area will be also accessible through a Mobile App.

 3)    Recommending content to students according with their learning needs

According with the degree of development of each student’s competency Edulai will suggest a range of new targeted resources. This activity will support at the same time the work of the teacher.


Where are we now ?

Where are we now ?


Edulai development started on October 2017. We are currently undertaking research activities on Edulai with partnership established with international institutions and we planned to have our Edulai Mock ready to be tested for free by the wider public by the end of May 2018. So stay tuned if you would like to be receive more news about this!

 For more information please contact Lucilla Crosta at lucilla.crosta@smarthink.eu and we will be happy to reach you out!


Smarthink presented Edulai at the Educause 2017 annual conference and Exhibition Hall on the 1st and 2nd of November in Philadelphia!