Enspire is now an IBM Watson Ecosystem Partner


Enspire is pleased to announce our plans to bring the power of IBM Watson™ to universities nationwide, beginning in Fall 2015, with our acceptance into the IBM Watson Ecosystem Partner program. Our world-class team of software engineers and designers has been hard at work creating a Learning Management System (LMS) tool that utilizes the cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The goal of this project is to improve student outcomes across all courses. In particular, the tool helps faculty make instructional interventions earlier than previously possible via the IBM Watson Personality Insights service. Our rich custom visualizations also provide at-a-glance trend analyses that benefit both the students and instructor.

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The above view shows the results for a single submission.



Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 9.01.57 AMThe above view shows timeline results for 9 randomized submissions.


However, this is just the first step in a much larger roadmap. Over time, we also see a need for this technology to address challenges in the workplace, and we’ll be here to help. One particular difficulty is assembling high performing teams. Below is a 2D graphical preview of our proprietary modified k-means algorithm that groups n-dimensional personality profile vectors into equi-sized homogenous clusters. We also have several other grouping strategies in the works to improve team formation at any organizational scale (e.g., creating diverse groups along specific dimensions).

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The above view shows the results of clustering random 2D points into 5 equal sized groups of 10 to 11 members each. In practice, we’d be clustering people into teams based on their writing inputs and IBM Watson outputs.


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