Swiss Ai Research Overview Platform
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to have a substantial impact on educational processes. In our research, we investigate how AI-based technology (smart machines) can be integrated into schools and how they can improve educational processes. However, implementing technology in schools is notoriously difficult. Consensus may be that teachers play an important role in the process of a successful integration of technology. Our goal is to create awareness of smart machines and well-informed attitudes towards them among teachers. To achieve this goal, we aim at a two-step approach. First, we will offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - the AI-MOOC. The AI-MOOC should comprise six modules: 1) Introduction and pretest of AI-related knowledge and attitudes, 2) adaptive learning and intelligent tutoring systems, 3) learning analytics systems including automated assessment and evaluation, 4) chatbots and social robots, 5) ethical issues of smart machines, and 6) peer feedback task, posttest, questionnaire about the AI-MOOC.Second, we will carry out two workshops at our institute where teachers who will have successfully completed the AI-MOOC get hands-on experience in using smart machines: one workshop for teachers at vocational schools and one workshop for teachers from the Gymnasium Helveticum. The workshops comprise two parts. First, teachers work with smart machines guided and supported by members of our institute: 1) Nao and Pepper, two social robots, 2) a chatbot developed at our institute, 3) an automated essay scoring system, and 4) an adaptive learning system. Second, teacher get involved in a design thinking process where they develop in teams a concept about how smart machines can successfully be integrated in their type of school. This includes a concept about who needs to be involved, what resources are required, and what immediate next steps should be taken.