Ideas Worth Sharing

Affect-Aware Feedback

Feedback that understands your mood

“When we’re learning, we move fluidly between positive and negative feelings. A student may be very interested in exploring a particular topic, but there might be difficulties, which leave her feeling frustrated or disappointed.”

Beate Grawemeyer explains how she and colleagues at the UCL Knowledge Lab are working on an adaptive system that can identify a student’s emotional state, and tailor the feedback they receive, to help get them back on track--or keep them there.

Read our paper on Using smart technology to give feedback with empathy (PDF)

Embodied Learning

An illustartion of a woman moving her arm

The importance of gesture in learning

“The fact that movement and thought can both reflect and influence one another is a powerful idea. It has implications about how we approach teaching and learning and how we build the next generation of educational technologies.”

H. Chad Lane (University of Illinois) and Olga C. Santos (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid) explore how artificially intelligent learning systems can help to increase the amount we can learn, by capturing data about our movements and gestures.

Read our paper on ‘Embodied Learning and Artificial Intelligence (PDF)

Virtual Reality for Road Safety

Virtual road safety lessons

“Previous VR systems relied heavily on human tutors for monitoring and teaching each individual child, making such systems impractical in many classrooms.”

How do you safely teach road safety to kids? Yecheng Gu, of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, is conducting a pilot study on using virtual reality, combined with a smart tutoring system. The use of AI helps teachers to leverage their time in the most effective way for their students.

Read our paper on Teaching road safety to kids with virtual reality (PDF)