Tell me and I forget.Show me and I remember.Involve me and I understand.- Chinese proverb
Tell me and I forget.Show me and I remember.Involve me and I understand.
- Chinese proverb
Advances in computerized tutoring are testing the faith that human contact makes for better learning.
A recent study suggests that computers can score student essays about as well as human beings. Les Perelman, a director of writing at MIT, isn't impressed:
The e-Rater’s biggest problem, he says, is that it can’t identify truth. He tells students not to waste time worrying about whether their facts are accurate, since pretty much any fact will do as long as it is incorporated into a well-structured sentence. “E-Rater doesn’t care if you say the War of 1812 started in 1945,” he said.
People who don't believe in "real" artificial intelligence natter on endlessly about their belief that computers will never be able to truly replicate the glorious subtleties and emotional nuances of human thought. The problem is this: most of them overestimate just how impressive human thought really is. Human beings, in most cases, are just a bundle of fairly simpleminded algorithms that fuse together in enough different combinations that the results seem ineffable and impossible of reduction. But that's only because most of the time we don't really understand our own motivations. We aren't nearly as impressive as we like to think.
"Computer scientists in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering combine interactive technologies to teach GIs Arabic language and culture. The innovative system allows learners to rehearse real-world tasks in a realistic environment."
"The Rapid Tactical Language Training System, created by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Center for Research in Technology for Education (CARTE) and partners, tests soldier students with videogame missions in animated virtual environments where, to pass, the students must successfully phrase questions and understand answers in Arabic."
Home Page for Project Listen:. By Jack Mostow, project director. "The Reading Tutor adapts Carnegie Mellon's state-of-the art Sphinx-II speech recognizer to analyze the student's oral reading. The Reading Tutor intervenes when the reader asks for help, makes mistakes, gets stuck, or is likely to encounter difficulty. The Reading Tutor responds with assistance modelled in part after expert reading teachers, but adapted to the capabilities and limitations of the technology. A successful computer reading tutor that uses speech recognition to listen to children read. The computer tutor intervenes when students ask for help or make mistakes. Links to a bibliography that includes abstracts of articles and some full text."
What is the Model AI Assignments Session?The Model AI Assignments Session seeks to gather and disseminate the best assignment designs of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Education community.One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try. - SophoclesRecognizing that assignments form the core of student learning experience, we invite AI educators to submit draft assignment materials that exemplify an approach to teaching AI topics at all levels.
What is the Model AI Assignments Session?
The Model AI Assignments Session seeks to gather and disseminate the best assignment designs of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Education community.
One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try. - Sophocles
Recognizing that assignments form the core of student learning experience, we invite AI educators to submit draft assignment materials that exemplify an approach to teaching AI topics at all levels.
Educators now have 100s of fantastic free online tools to help their students create and learn through digital storytelling. Many of these online tools have free apps available on i-devices and Android devices. Through digital storytelling we motivate our learners to apply, contextualize, visualize, and personalize the knowledge they learn. With a mobile device it is hands-on and students can incorporate images, sound-bytes, and videos they create on the go. Below are some great free apps to help you begin creating digital stories with your learners.
Journals on Intelligent Tutoring Systems & Textbooks on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Compiled by Noboru Matsuda,Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Computer Interaction Institute,School of Computer Science,Carnegie Mellon University.
-- 57 journals as of 04/04/2009 --
The wave of enthusiasm for online education is unearthing some hard and interesting computational problems that Daphne Koller would love to solve. But first she has to find the time.
New technology has led to the creation of virtual humans who can interact with therapists via a computer screen and realistically mimic the symptoms of a patient with clinical psychological disorders, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention. As this technology continues to improve, it will have a significant impact on how clinical training is conducted in psychology and medicine, said psychologist and virtual reality technology expert Albert Skip Rizzo, PhD, who demonstrated recent advancements in virtual reality for use in psychology. Rizzo's virtual reality laboratory is working on the next generation of virtual patients using information from this and related user tests, and will further modify the characters for military clinical training, which the U.S. Department of Defense is funding, he said. Some future patients that are in development are virtual veterans with depression and suicidal thoughts, for use in training clinicians and other military personnel how to recognize the risk for suicide or violence.
The pair programmed a Wakamaru humanoid robot to tell students a story in a one-on-one situation and then tested them afterwards to see how much they had remembered. When a significant decrease in certain brain signals indicated that the student's attention level had fallen, the system sent a signal to the robot to trigger a cue. Next, the robot told a longer 10-minute story based on a little-known Japanese folk tale called My Lord Bag of Rice, which the student was unlikely to have heard before. During this story the robot raised its voice or used arm gestures to regain the student's attention if the EEG levels dipped.
But to make this revolution work for students, academic leaders at those traditional institutions will need to broker a peace between artificially intelligent teaching programs and their human counterparts, according to a new report written by the former presidents of two prominent traditional universities on behalf of the nonprofit Ithaka S+R. Technology designed to usher students through new material is thought likely to play a significant role in the future of higher education, although critics have worried that relying too heavily on such technology could harm learning. The hope is that these systems will not only help teach students new concepts but also will aid their human instructors by collecting data on how students interact with those ideas and help identify, on a student-by-student basis, what sort of human intervention might be helpful......
Published: April 18, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO An interactive online learning system created by two Stanford computer scientists plans to announce Wednesday that it has secured $16 million in venture capital and partnerships with five major universities. The scientists, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, taught free Web-based courses through Stanford last year that reached more than 100,000 students. Besides Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, where the venture has already been offering courses, the university partners include the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. Although computer-assisted learning was pioneered at Stanford during the 1960s, and for-profit online schools like the University of Phoenix have been around for several decades, a new wave of interest in online education is taking shape.
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The main purpose of the research reported here is to show that a new and more powerful type of computer-assisted instruction (CAI), based on extensive application of artificial-intelligence (AI) techniques, is feasible, and to demonstrate some of its major capabilities. A set of computer programs was written and given the name SCHOLAR. Due to its complexity, only the conception and educational aspects of this system (including an actual on-line protocol) are presented in this paper.