Stephen Downes

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Here's the take-home message: "AI can now predict with over 90% accuracy a student's test score, identifying their weakness and strengths with about 10 minutes of interaction." If this is true (and I have my doubts) then I have to ask why we're even giving students tests. Are we just using them as data to train AI of the future? Ah, well, it seems that maybe the AI is depending on, um, tests. "The assessment itself becomes formative. It’s not just a conclusive, one-test value judgment. It becomes part of the learning process during which we micro assess the learner, with low stakes, multiple times throughout a school semester or school year." Maybe many small tests are better than one big one. But you don't need an AI for that.

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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2022 5:26 p.m.