Alef Education Framework

The Alef Education framework is engineered based on cutting-edge research in Education, Learning Science, User Experience and Artificial Intelligence.

The educational benefits of the Alef approach;

The Alef approach is designed to meet several real challenges of today.

Challenge #1:

Students today are exposed to high quality media in many areas of their daily lives -smartphones, social media, video games and television.

The quality, the interface and the interactive user experience of this media has shaped their thinking and made them more demanding of the content they digest.

Yet when students are in a classroom environment, they are expected to learn from traditional textbooks and via “one-size-fits-all” teaching.

Young learners today are often disengaged expectations are more aligned with the high quality media which they interact with outside the classroom.

The Alef approach:

Alef has developed an educational framework which directly addresses the above challenge via the following:

1. Alef breaks up the theoretical academic concepts into interactive “bite-sized” pieces of learning content. Our educational videos are deliberately kept short.

2. Students can engage with the content at their own pace.

3. The content is supported with questions which immediately checks the understanding of an educational concept after students are introduced to it.

4. The content is presented in three layers of progressive difficulty and complexity to build the student’s understanding systematically.

5. The content is designed to present the academic concepts in multiple ways (text, pictures, videos, interactive elements).

6. The framework presents metacognition strategies, which enables students to personally design their lesson learning plan.

Challenge #2:

Studies have shown that students often learn better when their theoretic understanding of key educational concepts are supported by an opportunity to “experience” these concepts via experimentation and use of educational manipulatives.

Yet most mainstream educational systems do not provide structured experiential learning resources and teaching strategies to support the classroom learning environment.

The Alef approach:

Alef has designed experiential learning kits in Science, Math, English and Arabic where students conduct hand-on experiments or play educational games to more deeply grasp academic concepts.

Challenge #3:

Students are sometimes disadvantaged in the mastery of Math and Science if these subjects are taught in English and not taught in their native language.

The Alef approach:

1. Alef provides hints in the native language to complex English words in Math and Science lesson.

2. Additionally, Math and Science content is presented using an English lexile level which is most appropriate for this group of learners. This ensures that students are not disadvantaged by their language ability.

3. All lessons include a word bank with terms from the lesson.

Challenge #4:

Students are sometimes exposed to content which is written in the context in a foreign culture within which the students do not have any contextual familiarity hence it reduces their engagement with the subject matter.

Students further learn with greater engagement when there is cross-curricular (across subjects within the same grade) thematic consistency but this is not easy to implement in traditional learning environments.

The Alef approach:

1. Alef’s content is designed to be contextually familiar for the learners. Additionally, where possible Alef is attempting to design content with thematically consistency.

2. Content is contextually appropriate for the relevant market and often thematic consistent across multiple academic subjects.

Challenge #5:

Students today are being processed in an assembly-line model that churns out assembly workers more suited for the jobs of the past.

The Alef approach:

The Alef system is aimed at developing students suited for the workforce of the future. It encourages development of 21st century skills though use of independent learning mechanisms, inquiry-based-learning and experiential learning.

In summary, the Alef approach provides a next century learning experience for our students and leads to exceptional learning outcomes.