Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is an interesting look at artificial intelligence in education (at least, a very traditional classroom-based education) but you have to read the article very closely to distinguish between what the systems will do and what the systems currently do. This is important because there is some distance between them. For example, "The algorithms driving AI can be trained to detect when a learner is struggling and what caused them to struggle, or when they are bored and what caused their boredom" is something that can be done, but isn't yet. So is this: "More advanced use of AI can involve the employment of complicated computer-vision algorithms to analyze facial expressions, such as boredom and distractedness." What exists now? "AI can currently relieve pain points by helping with record-keeping and with the selection and recommendation of resources for learners to use."

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 9:04 p.m.