Artificial Intelligence as an Effective Classroom Assistant




Benedict du Boulay


The field of artificial intelligence in education (AIED) uses techniques from AI and cognitive science to understand better the nature of learning and teaching and to build systems to help learners gain new skills or understand new concepts. Over the years, many systems using various pedagogical techniques and topics have been built and evaluated. A picture of the effectiveness of such systems is starting to emerge. This talk describes a number of recent meta-reviews and meta-analyses to make the case for blended learning, wherein the teacher can confidently offload some work to AIED systems.



Author's biography

Benedict du Boulay

Benedict du Boulay is Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex. Following a Bachelors degree in Physics, he spent time both in industry and as a secondary school teacher before returning to university to complete his PhD working on Logo with primary school teachers in the 1970s. He is interested in (i) intelligent tutoring systems, particularly modelling and developing students’ metacognition and motivation, as well as (ii) the psychology of programming, particularly the issues facing beginners. He is President of the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education and has edited/written 8 books and written some 180 papers/book chapters.

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