Kaizena’s mission is to increase the speed and quality of feedback students receive on their work. Since our ﬁrst moments on this planet, one uses feedback to learn about the world around us. From hearing oneself play a wrong note on the piano to a baseball coach guiding one’s swing, feedback is essential to everyone’s learning process: try, review and compare, try again. Kaizena incorporates this natural approach to learning into the formal education system. After students ﬁ nish a draft of a paper or project, they use Kaizena to request feedback from peers or educators. Reviewers make highlights on the work of students, commenting with voice comments inserted at the relevant section to convey tone and emotion, embedding Youtube videos to explain complex concepts, or tracking skills such as thesis construction or paragraph transition. The desirability of Kaizena’s attempt to increase the speed and depth of feedback is exempliﬁed by its engagement ﬁgures: approximately 66,000 students joined the platform between September 2014 and July 2015, while nearly 3000 hours of verbal feedback were recorded over the same period.
Kaizena also won the Overall EdTech Award 2015.
2015 ICT Tools for Learning & Teaching Silver Winner
2015 ICT Tools for Learning & Teaching Bronze Winner