Zenius and Quipper Intensively Offer New Features during PPKM
In response to these conditions, educational technology startups Zenius and Quipper claimed to have prepared new technological capabilities and features to provide better services.
The implementation of the micro emergency Community Activity Restriction (PPKM) was officially implemented ahead of the new school year. As a result, plans for face-to-face at school again had to be scrapped.
Founder and Chief Education Officer Zenius Sabda PS said the emergency PPKM policy would make it difficult for students to motivate themselves to study.
“This encourages us to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) technology in learning,” he said, Thursday (8/7). According to him, technology can help students study at home.
Zenius applies this technology to a new feature on the platform, ZenCore. Students can use it to do learning with an adaptive learning approach.
Features That Allow Everyone to Improve His Skills
ZenCore enables everyone, regardless of age, education level, major or field of work to improve their skills. It covers fundamental areas, such as mathematics, verbal logic, and English.
The feature will be a place for students to practice with hundreds of thousands of questions from the three main branches of concentration in the fundamental field.
AI technology will adjust the level of understanding of each student. Furthermore, the feature also provides concept videos which he thinks are easy to understand. The company also put the concept of gamification on this feature.
“We hope this new feature can help students learn in a fun way, so that it can motivate them to learn more,” said Sabda.
AI technology is also installed in the ZenBot feature. The technology can help students take photos of the questions they have.
Then the system will provide several explanations in the form of videos or writings that show an explanation of the concept and solution of the problem.
ZenCore consists of two parts, namely CorePractice, a practice site with hundreds of thousands of questions from 3 main concentration branches such as verbal logic, mathematics, and English, which can be adapted to each individual’s level of understanding.
Second, is CoreInsight, a section that provides insightful knowledge to support and broaden users’ horizons containing explanations of practice questions, in the form of easy-to-understand concept videos.
Quipper is also Preparing a New Service for Distance Learning
Meanwhile, another educational startup Quipper claims to have prepared various services to help students learn online.
“We have provided Quipper School Premium (QSP),” said Quipper Indonesia’s Business Strategy and Growth Senior Manager Ruth Ayu Hapsari.
The service is in the form of a Learning Management System (LMS) which offers an integrated learning system through various content. Thus, teaching staff can create content, such as questions and lesson plans.
There are also virtual classroom services and online delivery of materials, assignments and exams. Furthermore, there is an automatic assessment system that can help teachers obtain student learning evaluation results through statistical reports.
It is known, educational startups such as Zenius and Quipper are indeed in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of Zenius users, for example, grew more than 10 times last year.
This achievement also boosted revenue to grow by more than 70% year on year (yoy) during the second half of 2020. Zenius stated that almost 50% of his income came from the live class segment.
Meanwhile, the average user attendance in each class is 400 students. Likewise with Quipper. At the start of last year’s pandemic, the use of Quipper’s services increased 30-fold in the week since the introduction of online learning activities.
Another education startup, Ruangguru, also recorded a 50% yoy increase in users in 2020 to over 22 million. President Director of Mandiri Capital Eddi Danusaputro said educational startups also have great growth potential.
“This is because they answer consumer needs and it is proven that this sector is in demand during the pandemic,” he said last year.