vocational education and training, Lifelong learning

Short, crisp, playful – knowledge transfer in companies with QuickSpeech

With the increasing need for continuing education in companies and the simultaneous desire for individualization, companies are facing major challenges. Digital learning content must be easily accessible and responsive to personal needs. EdTech startup QuickSpeech enables easy digital access to corporate content and is now researching the automated delivery of personalized learning content in collaboration with FH St. Pölten.

“With this, we want to greatly simplify the preparation of content, further individualize the learning process and thus be the intelligent learning companion in the company,” says Lukas Snizek, founder of QuickSpeech.

On course for growth

Lukas Snizek founded QuickSpeech in 2018, while still studying for his bachelor’s degree at the FH St.Pölten. Since then, the company has grown: five people strengthen the team and 20 customers in Austria and Germany count on QuickSpeech. “I worked in retail parallel to my studies and unfortunately had bad experiences with onboarding back then. There was no structured process with well-prepared content,” says the founder about the initial spark for the creation of QuickSpeech.

The software solution developed by the startup with the associated app enables companies to convey content to their employees in a fun way. With explanatory videos and subsequent single- or multiple-choice quizzes, knowledge is passed on in small bites of two to three minutes per day and, in addition to onboarding, is now also used for product training and apprentice training, for example. With this approach, QuickSpeech also achieves a daily usage rate of 75%.

The collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten will now be the next step on the way to an intelligent mobile learning solution.

Individualize learning

In the cooperation, “Natural Language Processing” (NLP) and machine learning will now be used to automatically understand extensive document collections. The intelligent learning app uses user interactions to understand the learning habits of employees. In parallel, corporate training officers can play source documents into the Admin Dashboard, QuickSpeech’s management tool. Meaningful quiz questions, including answers, are automatically extracted from these document collections. In this way, learning content for the QuickSpeech app can be generated automatically and quiz questions as well as answers no longer have to be created manually, but can be extracted from the data itself.

This should reduce the workload for employees in human resources or for those responsible for sales training who are responsible for creating training content. “In addition, we can also determine how learning is taking place, where there is still a need for learning and generate content individually tailored to users here,” says Snizek. The apprentice, for example, gets the content read aloud as a mini-podcast, while a branch employee receives more supportive texts in other areas.

By the end of the year, the QuickSpeech team is expected to grow to at least ten people. Currently, both Full Stack Developers and Data Scientists are being sought on the technical side. In addition, the German market will also be focused on more strongly in the coming months. To this end, QuickSpeech also wants to expand its team in the area of sales and online marketing.

 

 

(FLTR) The QuickSpeech founders: Christian Woltran, Lukas Snizek und Patrick Riemer (photo: QuickSpeech)

We askedLukas Snizek:

What do you think about the launch of EdTech Austria?

I consider EdTech Austria to be a very good and important initiative. The topic of (digital) education is close to my heart, is essential and needs to be addressed much more in Austria. Above all, the joint exchange of current players on the market can be very valuable for everyone involved. At the same time, it is also important to improve awareness in order to reach new target groups and to know which digital solutions in the EdTech sector are actually available in Austria (and why it is not necessarily necessary to look directly abroad). This is where EdTech Austria can create great added value for the domestic scene.

 

Hannes Aichmayr, Portrait, 29.1.2021

Hannes is the project manager of EdTech Austria. As a teacher, he has experienced first-hand how positively the use of new media in the classroom can impact children’s learning success. In his role, he now wants to promote the use of EdTech solutions in education, training and further education throughout Austria.

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