Voxy Blue Canary

Introducing ‘Scotch on the Vox,’ Voxy’s New Engineering Blog

Calling all coders! Voxy’s Engineering team has launched its very own tech blog, Scotch on the Vox, and their inaugural announcement is the release of a new open-source tech tool called Blue Canary.

Blue Canary allows you to automate infrastructure management in a whole new way. Services like Amazon Cloudwatch let you to set up an alarm system to let you know when your technology systems are experiencing problems, but configuring the notifications to alert you to those problems can be extremely time-consuming. These services also assume that you can anticipate all the problems that might arise, which isn’t always the case.

With Blue Canary, you can tell the tool how you want your system to work, and it will automatically create a comprehensive set of notifications so that you can spend less time troubleshooting and maintaining your systems, and more time building new and exciting code!

For more information or to install Blue Canary and take it for a test drive, check it out on GitHub or the Python Package Index. To keep up with the Voxy Engineering team, visit scotchonthevox.com.

Becalos English Challenge

Voxy Joins the Becalos English Challenge!

Voxy is honored to be joining forces with Becalos, the largest organization in Mexico providing scholarships and internship placement to high school and college students as well as teachers. In 2015 alone, Becalos distributed 17,000 scholarships!

The first ever Becalos English Challenge, launching this month, will offer Voxy and other English learning products to students and teachers in Mexico for free, with special incentives for participants to improve their English skills over the next seven months. About 8,000 students are expected to participate in the English Challenge, spread across nine universities from a diverse range of geographical areas—including Acapulco, Mexico City, Merida and Iguala. The goal is to identify the most effective English learning solutions, particularly for students who don’t have easy access to language programs at their schools.

“I am excited to welcome Voxy as part of the Becalos English Challenge,” said Hugo Sancen, Complementary Programs Coordinator at Becalos. “We are proud to partner with a company that’s driving innovation in adaptive learning, fresh content development and increased student engagement. We strive to provide our students and teachers with the best possible resources to help them achieve their educational and professional goals, and Voxy’s approach to English learning is fully aligned with that vision.”

In order to receive a college degree in Mexico, you must fulfill certain English requirements, but not all students have the resources they need to meet the necessary criteria to graduate. Even though the president has advocated raising the level of English proficiency among students country-wide, many public schools struggle to offer English courses to all their students. This often leaves students and teachers in a position to fend for themselves, sometimes with scarce resources to enroll in classes on their own.

Voxy’s blended approach includes self-paced, adaptive lessons tailored to students’ specific goals and live instruction with native English speakers via video-conferencing—an ideal combination for students looking for the flexibility of a self-guided course as well as personalized feedback from trained instructors. Voxy’s solution can be delivered as a fully mobile experience, offers over 30,000 hours of content appropriate for learners of all proficiency levels and leverages patented technology to personalize courses based on the specific English needed to prepare students for their careers.

“We are thrilled to be part of this inspiring initiative,” said Paul Gollash, Voxy Founder and CEO.  “English proficiency is a huge driver of socio-economic advancement globally, and we applaud the efforts that Becalos is making to remove the barriers that prevent tomorrow’s leaders from accessing the high-quality instruction they need and deserve.”

Hugo Sancen, coordinator of complementary projects for Becalos Fundación Televisa; and Maria Hernandez, Becalos scholarship recipient and candidate for NASA program.

Hugo Sancen, Complementary Programs Coordinator at Becalos, and Maria Hernandez, Becalos scholarship recipient and candidate for NASA program.

Featured image from Becalos English Challenge launch event at Instituto Tecnologico Tlahuac 2 in Mexico City. Pictured from left to right: Hugo Sancen, Becalos Fundación Televisa; Laura Rojas, HSBC México; Imelda Vega, de tecnológico nacional de México; Gabriela Rojas, Bécalos Fundación Televisa; Miguel Laporta, HSBC México & Latin America; Manuel Ángel Uribe Vázquez, Instituto Tecnológico Tlahuac 2; Alicia Lebrija, Fundación Televisa; Omar Chaparro; Maria Hernandez; Lagtzu Lopez, HSBC México.

Becalos is a division of Televisa, the largest media company in Mexico. Photos courtesy of Becalos.

Voxy Releases Architecture, Communication and Design Units

New Units for Architecture, Communication and Design Professionals

We’re excited to announce that we have recently released three new units for students and professionals in creative fields: Architecture, Communication and Design.

The Architecture, Communication and Design units are available to Voxy learners of all proficiency levels, and adapt in difficulty based on individual needs. These units offer practice activities and lessons specifically geared toward the creative industries, and provide resources with targeted industry jargon while covering current news and trends.

Voxy offers several other career-focused units as well, including Hospitality, Medicine, Social Media, Manufacturing, Mining and Oil and Gas. Voxy also offers a Job Interviews unit to help learners who are preparing to enter the workforce or make a career change.

“One of the features that makes Voxy so effective is that we offer learners authentic content designed to prepare them to accomplish their real-world tasks,” said Voxy’s Chief Education Officer Dr. Katharine Nielson, PhD. “We’re excited to add more and more job-specific content to the Voxy platform, from audio-recorded exchanges between doctors and patients to lessons based on writing emails and other business tasks.”

Voxy’s patented approach to content production also allows Voxy to efficiently generate custom learning material for its institutional partners. This gives companies the opportunity to personalize what their employees are learning on the Voxy platform: Voxy can quickly transform any content—from training manuals to onboarding documents—into effective English lessons, helping learners master the English skills they need to deliver results and conduct business in a global economy.

Like all of Voxy’s learning material, the Architecture, Communication and Design units consist of lessons that adapt to each learner’s proficiency level in real time. Voxy uses content generated by and for native English speakers, so learners are always practicing English skills they can apply in the real world.

For more Voxy news, check out our most recent press releases here.

Happy New Year from Voxy!

2015 by the Numbers

As we look back on 2015, Voxy has a lot to be proud of. We’ve increased our total number of learners by 207% and have nearly tripled our total number of institutional partners.

We’re especially excited about what our learners have accomplished: In 2015, learners spent 769,248 hours learning on the Voxy platform—32,052 days-worth—and completed a whopping 16,255,694 activities. Now that’s a lot of English learning!

We want to extend a big Voxy thank you to everyone who shared in our success over the last year—we can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in 2016.

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Beginners Improve English Proficiency in 3 Months with Voxy

You might be wondering: How long does it take to improve my proficiency level with Voxy?

Based on our current research findings, 79% of 0-Beginners—or learners who have little or no prior experience learning English—are able to improve their proficiency level after just three months of using Voxy.

Depending on your current level, we recommend studying between two and five hours per week. For beginners, do your best to fit in about two hours. For intermediate to advanced learners, we suggest spending at least four hours on the Voxy platform every week.

Need some advice on how to fit practicing into your busy schedule? Visit the Learner Support Center and check out this special video for tips from Voxy experts!