Students’ Engagement and Motivation

Psychologist broadly define learning as a process based on experience, that can lead to persistent change in behaviour and cognitive development. Why do we ever stop studying?

Why do we ever stop studying?

Or should I say why do we not? What is there so deeply influencing, that drives us to spend countless nights, or worse — weekends, on acquiring new knowledge or skill set. And why do we lose it over time? Actually, do we?

Give yourself a moment to think about it — you will probably find at least a few reasons strong enough to ignite your motivation. The question is — what do we do to preserve it?

To answer this question, we should start with understanding the actual concept of learning. Psychologist broadly define learning as a process based on experience, that can lead to persistent change in behaviour and cognitive development. To further clarification, a behavioural change based on past actions can be seen in our reluctance or willingness in doing something, e.g. a student keen on picking up Spanish classes in high school due to great Spanish teacher from their secondary school. Cognitive development is a little harder to observe, however, we increasingly notice how teachers’ actions affect students’ learning process and preparation toward national examination. How can we determine in specifics a factual causal connection between our children’s homework and the employability competencies required in today’s society? Therefore, how can we expressly identify what the drive for our kids to stay engaged in their homework is?

One of the tactics we all apply, even unconsciously, is reinforcement and punishment strategy, which ideally should teach our kids hard-work and systematicity. Reinforcement is shortly described as adding a positive or removing a negative stimulus, whereas punishment is the exact opposite. E.g for having done the homework we reinforce our student positively by giving them a good mark, for not having done the homework though, we punish them with a bad mark (positive punishment) or we remove the good mark (negative reinforcement). This method, however well-known and proved, does not take cognisance of personal condition that can affect students preparedness, and therefore using psychological conditioning, might be fruitless and demotivating.

One of the logical solutions to this problem is paying more attention to personalized education. It is agreed by social researches globally that such approach has a great value and impact on individual progress. However, in reality of overcrowded classes or rapid pace path — it still might be too challenging to execute.

Schools and educators, aware of the situation, are constantly looking for new innovative improvements, deciding to e.g. adjust schooling individually, implementing AI technology or providing students with a specially tailored learning support devices.

Unfortunately, having it all is not always enough to motivate our student to do their best, and it is because students , same as all of us, lifelong learners, we all need personal touch, support on the toughest raises, clarification — why it does not all go the way I planned.

This is why we have created NUADU and why we cooperate with schools and publishers all over the world, gathering their opinions about our product in classroom reality. NUADU’s main functionality focuses on giving the teacher all possible tools and (what is most important) time to manage their students learning flow individually, keep them engaged in the process by instant feedback on their actions and ability to use positive reinforcement even if students are not in the classroom. Knowing their students, teachers can provide them with different types of exercises and learning games, supporting different types of learners, e.g. visual, auditory. But according to our subscribed teachers, the most valuable is the fact that they are able to assist their students far more than just during weekly classes, precisely planning their progress based on the data NUADU provides them with. From the details as math exam on equation in one’s primary, to really powerful data as general learning gaps at students goals and objectives roadmap.

We are at the beginning of our journey with Asian schooling known as one of the most demanding but effective in the World, on the other hand, much too stressful and heavy. We are hoping to learn as much as possible from our partners here, to see what else we can do to make the educational development accessible for everyone, everywhere. At NUADU, we all believe that everyone can achieve success, can become a long-life learner, can realise their trigger and be able to keep it on fire — all you need is… to want.

Adrianna Trembińska is a multicultural, business psychologist who specialises in Chinese culture & market. Having professional experience in both education and information technology, Adrianna joined NUADU as International Business Developer.

Frankfurckie Targi Książki 2018

Efekty uczestnictwa w Targach Książki we Frankfurcie (Frankfurt Book Fair 2018) przekroczyły nasze najśmielsze oczekiwania. Cieszymy się z nowych możliwości, jakie daje nam rozszerzona sieć partnerska wydawców i dystrybutorów pomocy szkolnych w Azji, Singapurze i Australii: Twig Education (witamy na pokładzie), Marshall Cavendish EducationPelangi Publishing Group Sdn BhDSingapore Asia Publishers PTE LtdHodder Education,  MAC Education Company LimitedC&E Publishing,Anubis-Bulvest (Klett Gruppe), GrasindoPenerbit CmediaEdukinect Pte Ltd (Singapore), Unlimited Educational ServicesAlstonEducational Publishing HouseMicrosoft.

W Polsce platforma NUADU zawiera zasoby edukacyjne zgodne z polską podstawą programową.

Chcielibyśmy wyrazić najgłębsze podziękowania wszystkim obecnym i przyszłym partnerom za inspirujące rozmowy i nieoceniony wkład, który pozwala nam patrzeć na edukację w perspektywie międzynarodowej. Dziękujemy wszystkim wspaniałym ludziom, których mieliśmy przyjemność spotkać na targach! Do zobaczenia na kolejnych wydarzeniach z branży #edtech na całym świecie. Wszystkich, którzy pragną dowiedzieć się więcej na temat NUADU i naszej wizji nowoczesnej edukacji, zapraszamy do kontaktu.

Będziemy obecni na #OnlineEduca w Berlinie w grudniu 2018 oraz na #BETT w Londynie w styczniu 2019. Do zobaczenia!


When Technology Meets Assessment

As schools become increasingly equipped with devices and wireless access, a growing proportion of the assessments are now administered online or through devices such as computers or tablets.

Education has been a priority for many centuries. In recent years, the world has seen an unprecedented increase in technology that has transformed education sector at many levels. For instance, digital transformation of educational institutes where wireless technology is creating efficiencies for daily routine instruction, consider augment reality which is creating real life scenarios to boost students learnings, have a look at the long list of online learning tools where the creative exchange between a teacher and a student in real time is boosting collaboration and overall performance of class projects. Similarly, the transformational effects of technology can be seen in digital assessments where data driven analysis is providing spot on strategies to bridge the missing learning gaps of students. In other words, digital assessments are generating data that can help in understanding student’s knowledge and then utilising the data to support instructional decisions. In addition, digital assessments also show an accurate view of the student’s knowledge at that moment in time.

When assessment is discussed as a topic, some of the common assessment types include formative and summative assessments. These two types are used extensively in today’s classroom to measure student’s learning and performance. Formative assessments take place typically after a chapter, unit or course. The use of tests, quizzes or assignments help educators to gauge students’ understanding on the subject matter. These assessments also serve as a mean to give feedback to the students before the final or summative assessments, so the students can bring their current skills and knowledge up to speed. Summative assessments, on the other hand, are usually planned at the end of each school year or the end of their studies. This is a final “hurdle” that students must complete and pass before they can progress to the next level.

As schools become increasingly equipped with devices and wireless access, a growing proportion of the assessments are now administered online or through devices such as computers or tablets. The use of technology allows students to take an assessment outside of the classroom, at their own pace and time. It also ensures that results are administered as feedback which are almost instantly available to students, without the long wait. The use of data analytics allows educators to see many relevant details such as how long it took students to answer questions or how many times a student failed to answer a question correctly before getting the right answer. With the deployment of technology in assessments, educators can tailor their teaching to the needs of the students, resulting in a more personalized way of learning for the student there by boosting their learning and understanding of the subject matter.

While there is little doubt about the advantages to use technology in assessments, question arises if digital assessments can improve the learning experiences for students. Do the digital assessments make the experience more interesting and engaging to learn for the students? Or will it become a distraction in class?

In the next few blogs, we will discuss how digital assessment backed by data not only helps to create an engaging class, but also improves students’ learning.

This entry was originally published on Edukinect blog.

Written by Saima Rashid & Cheng Bee Lim–August, 2018
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LUMA Ventures invests in education

We are pleased to announce that Luma Ventures has invested in the Gdynia-based company NUADU.

The Company just raised PLN 4.5 m for further product development as well as expansion to foreign countries.



NUADU w Gdyni

NUADU zawitało do Gdyni!

Jest to dla nas niezwykle ważny krok, gdyż to właśnie tutaj narodziła się koncepcja NUADU. To także pierwsze wdrożenie systemu przeprowadzone na taką skalę. Ogromnie cieszymy się, że z NUADU skorzysta w Gdyni ponad 11.000 uczniów i blisko 2.000 nauczycieli. Witamy w międzynarodowej społeczności osób stawiających na nowoczesną edukację 😀 Gdynia, dziękujemy za zaufanie!


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NUADU is helping educators personalize assessment with a powerful AI solution

eLearning Inside News recently reached out to one of Poland’s leading edtech startups, NUADU, to learn more about the company’s AI-based educational assessment platform.


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Adaptive Practice App, NUADU raises $1.2 Million in Seed Funding

Poland-based provider of an adaptive-learning tool that lets teachers assign homework questions, practice problems, and quizzes to students, has raised $1.2 million in a seed round from Luma Ventures.


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EdTech Company NUADU Raises $1.2 M to Improve the Quality of Global Education

NUADU, a company that pioneers a new, AI-supported way of the data-driven personalized learning environment, announced today that they have closed a $1.2 million funding round from Luma Ventures.


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Polski start-up NUADU pozyskał 4,5 mln zł od funduszu Luma Ventures

NUADU to trójmiejska firma działająca na rynku technologii edukacyjnych. Ma użytkowników w Polsce, Tajlandii, Malezji, Indonezji i na Filipinach. Właśnie pozyskał 4,5 mln zł, które przeznaczy na rozszerzenie działalności w Azji.



Data-Driven Education

One of the main advantages of digital educational tools is their ability to process massive amounts of data in seconds to produce exactly what the teachers need — just-in-time actionable insights about each and every student based on objective data. With the right tools, nothing is left to guesswork.

At NUADU, we appreciate the challenges currently facing educators.

With overcrowded classrooms and limited time to cater to every student’s needs, teachers have no choice but to rely on technology to boost their efficiency and effectiveness. But which digital solutions are most well positioned to support teachers in their quest to support students?

One of the main advantages of digital educational tools is their ability to process massive amounts of data in seconds to produce exactly what the teachers need — just-in-time actionable insights about each and every student based on objective data. With the right tools, nothing is left to guesswork.

This is why at NUADU, we believe in data-driven education — using data to empower all the stakeholders in the educational process. We know how impactful a data-driven approach to education can be and that’s why we are now sharing our platform with educators and students around the world.

That’s how we do it

Managing educational data is extremely challenging and requires an efficient and well-designed platform — ideally, a platform capable of processing data about all aspects of the educational process.

At NUADU we used data to:

  • Create a personal learning and assessment environment for every student [LEARNING ANALYTICS & DIGITAL ASSESSMENT];
  • Provide teachers with insights into their students’ educational needs and the tools needed to address these needs just in time [DATA-DRIVEN INSTRUCTION];
  • Allow authorities to monitor engagement and effectiveness at the school and district levels [EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE MONITORING];
  • Help publishers control content quality based on its usability [CONTENT PERFORMANCE ANALYTICS];
  • Give parents an objective picture of their child’s progress [PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT].


I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

Albert Einstein


In the past, tracking the performance of dozens and even hundreds students throughout the school year and across grade levels was impossible. It was also impossible to adjust the learning environment to meet each student’s specific needs. NUADU offers a solution.

With NUADU educational data about every student is not only stored but also analysed to enable teachers to:

  • See and compare every student’s performance for selected subjects, classes, and groups in a given time period;
  • React just in time to address the needs of students who are at-risk by giving them extra practice (e.g., the suggested training sets contain variants of 10 exercises with the lowest score received by the selected group of students);
  • See which exercises are too easy or too difficult for selected students, groups, and classes to adjust the difficulty of subsequent homework assignments;
  • Differentiate and indivdualize instruction on the basis of student results to address students’ needs more accurately;
  • View student results by activities, topics, and curriculum objectives and goals to monitor progress and make adjustments as needed;
  • Adjust the difficulty level and the type of exercises assigned to groups and individual students based on performance;
  • View all attempts and time spent on activities by students and add comments, in line with formative assessment methods, to help students overcome difficulties;
  • Download all the reports as Excel or PDF files.

With NUADU’s tools, teachers can automate many ongoing tasks and leverage data-based insights to more effectively mentor students.


Achieve greatness.



In the world of pens and paper, students rarely receive valuable feedback when they need it. This is because summative assessments (e.g., final exams) still reign over formative assessments (e.g., mid-unit diagnostic assignments). Moreover, despite being increasingly aware of their learning preferences, most students still lack the agency needed to manage their learning process. Students live in the digital world but most schools still reflect the learning conditions of the analogue world.

NUADU data allows students to:

  • Scan exercises to be completed and to filter this information by deadline, ensuring that no homework assignment is ever missed;
  • Immediately view their results for every exercise and activity;
  • Feel gratification when they perform well and motivation when they need extra practice;
  • View their results and progress graphs by subject and activity type in a selected time period to assess how they have improved over time;
  • Act upon the results by selecting self-practice exercises and receive instant feedback to see the effects of their effort;
  • Keep track of all exercises throughout the school year and across grades to see the big picture (the “what I have learned”);
  • See the real-world application of what they learn by keeping track of the cognitive and employability skills they have developed (the “why I am learning this”).

In NUADU’s data-driven learning environment, digital resources, analytics, and formative assessment tools enable students to become self-reliant learners. Students benefit from personalization and immediate feedback.


Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

Maria Montessori

All parents would sleep better if they knew that their child had access to the tools needed to be an independent learner. At the same time, most parents would also sleep better knowing that their child was actually making good use of their digital devices and Internet access.

NUADU offers parents the possibility to:

  • Monitor their child’s results per specific exercise, activity, topic, curriculum objective and goal, and subject in real time;
  • Keep track of all their child’s progress throughout the school year and across grades to track their progress over time;
  • See the real-world application of what their child is learning (e.g., what cognitive and employability skills their child is developing);
  • Set goals for their child and receive notifications about their child’s progress.

With NUADU parents can stay up-to-date on their child’s educational progress on a daily basis or the system can notify parents only if and when their child is lagging behind.


Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested.

Winston Churchill


In many schools, annual exam results and periodical staff meetings are the only source of data a principal has to make long-term decisions about staffing, resource allocation, and the curriculum. In the most innovative schools, administrators cite data-driven instruction as one of the most important practices contributing to their success.

With NUADU, principals can:

  • View activity logs of all the students and teachers in a given school;
  • View activity reports, which include the number of activity sets assigned and median student results;
  • Review insights on the platform’s knowledge base;
  • Access live reports for selected students and subjects;
  • See comparable statistics for all users in the school;
  • Generate reports as PDF files.

With NUADU, educational performance monitoring becomes easy and the ongoing control allows principals to make the right decisions at the right time.

Local authorities

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin

The responsibility of allocating educational funds to yield the best results can be daunting, especially if decisions are driven by a single source of feedback — exam results.

NUADU offers local authorities real-time access to:

  • Reports on the number of student, teacher, and headmaster logins in time;
  • Statistics on the number of assigned and completed activities per district and school;
  • Data on the effectiveness of the educational process based on student activity results.

At NUADU, we believe transparency is essential. By offering instant access to actionable real-time data, with NUADU, local school authorities can make informed decisions more quickly.


Content is King.

Bill Gates


With NUADU, it is easier than ever to separate quality digital content from poor content.

Data collected by NUADU can be used to:

  • Monitor how frequently the publisher’s educational resources are used and in what context (e.g., lessons, homework, tests, and self-training);
  • Compare the proposed and actual difficulty level of each item by analysing the number of attempts at a task, time spent on it by students, and its completed versus abandoned rate;
  • Discover which competencies (e.g., cognitive skills and employability skills) are developed most using a specific publisher’s content;
  • Improve content by collecting teacher’s feedback;
  • Infer which areas are most problematic for students and make business decisions about content strategy.

These insights combined with NUADU’s content creator tool can help eliminate or refine poor content.


Our mission to harness data in the service of education is not yet complete. At NUADU, we continue to analyze usage data, talk to users around the world, and assess the obstacles that prevent our users from reaching their peak performance. Equipped with this knowledge and driven by a passion to make learning more effective for every student, we are constantly upgrading our platform. In NUADU’s ideal world, every teacher would have more time to mentor students and every student would spend more time realizing their educational goals.

About the Author: Malwina Otto – UX designer with 10+ years of professional experience in Ed-Tech, hoping to see how AI transforms education. Product / UX Designer at NUADU.