ESD 522: Theory, Design, and Implementation of Intelligent Educational Systems

ESD 522: Theory, Design, and Implementation of Intelligent Educational Systems
Sebastian Feller, PhD

This course defines innovative designs of Intelligent Educational Systems with a strong emphasis on interaction and dialogic learning and how these designs can be implemented for teaching and learning interactions. The main focus will be on systems that promote collaborative knowledge building and conceptual change learning, creating educational environments where teachers and learners interact with each other in both communicative as well as cognitive ways. In addition, these environments are designed in a way to scaffold critical and creative thinking, innovation, and the finding of smart solutions needed to come to grips with problems like the latest financial crisis, climate change, and a rapidly growing world population.
Some of the main questions will be: how can we define learning from a cognitive point of view? How do we build knowledge in collaboration? What role does and will technology play for collaborative learning? How can we translate cognitive processes involved in learning into computable representations? How can technology help optimize communicative and cognitive processes involved in learning? How can technology be used to connect learning to the real world outside of the classroom?

The course will include coursework and a design project. Students will design their own educational application. The grade will be based on completing assignments and class participation.

Syllabus Reading Resources:

Hoppe, U., Verdejo, M. F., & Kay, J. (Eds.). (2003). Artificial intelligence in education: shaping the future of learning through intelligent technologies. IOS Press.

Peña-Ayala, A. (2013). Intelligent and Adaptive Educational-learning Systems: Achievements and Trends. London: Springer.