Although there has been relatively little research on artificial intelligence in higher education so far, the possibility raises high expectations for improvements in teaching and learning quality. In this cooperative project, funded by D2L2 at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Prof. Dr. Claudia de Witt’s Chair of Education Theory and Media Education, together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence’s Educational Technology Lab, directed by Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart, jointly research methods and applications for artificial intelligence in teaching, learning and continuing education at the FernUniversität. The project will develop both scenarios which assist students with working through and structuring the course contents as well as applications that support students throughout the entire study program, and then initially test them in testbeds. The implementation focuses on knowledge-based expert systems, education data mining, and machine learning processes. One key goal of the three-year project is for these methods to support students both in training their metacognitive skills as well as with working through the course content using recommendation systems. In order to do this, teaching and learning processes will be decoded and clearly described.
The course of the project can be divided into three phases. In the first phase, Research, concepts and prototypes will be developed. In the second phase, Implementation, the concepts and their implementation will be tested and validated. Finally, in the third phase, Expansion, successful approaches will be broadly implemented and transferred to other usage scenarios. Ultimately, however, the project also focuses on considering the implications for education, and for future generations’ judgment and sense of responsibility in the design of algorithmic teaching and learning processes.
The AI.EDU Research Lab is funded by the research cluster "D²L² - Digitization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning. Consequences for Higher Education" of the FernUniversität in Hagen.