Digital systems have long since become a part of daily life, including learning at schools, universities, or in further education courses. Traditional textbooks, on the other hand, are slow media. Books limit the learning possibilities and are based on assumptions about the best or the average learner. What is lacking is an adaptive system to turn an interactive textbook into an intelligent book that responds to the demands of individual learning, individual skills, and the needs of the learner.
The anticipatory textbook from project HyperMind at the Immersive Quantified Learning Lab (iQL) is a dynamic-adaptive, personal textbook that helps enable individual learning. The static structure of conventional books is broken down, the book content divided into portions and, ultimately, the resulting knowledge blocks are associatively linked.
While reading, data from sensor systems such as eye-tracking systems or electro-dermal bracelets are used to analyze the progress being made by the learner and what state of mind they are in. For example, the strain on the learner can be determined by measuring the temperature of the face with infrared cameras. In the case of reading difficulties, individual learning assistance or additional useful information is provided.
Combining data sources with intelligent algorithms such as those found in deep learning methods enables new insights into individual and group dynamic learning processes. All this data and insight leads to recommended teacher responses.
In the follow-on step, teachers analyze the data in detail to draw conclusions about learning behavior and learning progress. "The system can help in the early identification of students that may, for example, need extra help in understanding a subject," said Professor Andreas Dengel, Head of DFKI's Smart Data and Knowledge Services research department.
The system also helps identify any special interests of the learner. "For example, if there is a frequent focus on a certain word, the system provides further information about it, similar to an Internet browser," said Professor Jochen Kuhn, head of the Didactics of Physics working group at the Kaiserslautern University of Technology.
An effort has been underway for a long time at TU Kaiserslautern and DFKI to make the latest technologies useful in training and education as well as for classroom instruction. HyperMind is a sub-project of the "U.EDU project: Unified Education – Media education for teacher training," which is part of the federal and state "Quality offensive in teacher training" funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Professor Dr. Norbert Wehn, Vice President for Programs and Teaching, has overall project management responsibility at the TU.
HyperMind will be presented at DFKI’s Hannover Messe booth in Hall 2, C59.