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IO1 - E-Course: The Visionar

During the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education teachers (HETs) indicated that they were not prepared to switch their teaching from the face-to-face classroom to the virtual one. Due to fundamental methodological and didactical differences in the two formats, their online teaching could not reach the same quality as their face-to-face sessions.

The lesson learned from the Covid-19 pandemic should therefore be to maximally support university teachers in the development of capacities enabling them to set up online distance learning which encourages learning processes and guarantees continuous qualitative teaching.

VISION's E-Course is therefore meant as support as well as addition to the Smart Authoring Tool and Chatbot Tutor, explaining the technical dimension of the tools, on the one hand, and the didactic dimension they offer, on the other. Only this way, the encouragement of learning processes and a continuation of qualitative teaching can be guaranteed.

IO2 - Smart Authoring Tool: The Vision

There is no shortage of authoring tools on the market for educators designing their courses. However, dynamic response systems accompanying students throughout their learning processes are currently very rare but are a central necessity to ensure effective, self-determined and optimized learning results.

Higher education teachers (HETs) are often being pulled in several directions and their digital literacy is usually not at the forefront of their professional development. Therefore, the learning management system (LMS) they utilize needs to be easy and quick to use, have quality tools that fit discipline-specific educational needs, allow the activation and engagement of the learners, align with their didactic objectives and provide scalability to save time.

The Smart Authoring Tool developed by VISION will be supported by artificial intelligence (AI) and will be specifically designed with the needs of HETs at the forefront. With the Smart Authoring Tool, teachers will be able to create interactive, visually and didactically valuable courses that they can export in standard formats through Scorm and integrate into any LMS their university is using. With just a few clicks, they can create the pages of the course, as with a website modular system.

What really sets the courses created by this tool apart, however, is their ability to dynamically update the students’ learning paths based on the input from the Chatbot Tutor . When the Tutor is used in combination with the Smart Authoring Tool, each student’s course view will update based on their personalized needs. The more the students interact with the Tutor, the more individual their content will be.

VISION Impacts

IO3 - Chatbot Tutor: The Visionary

Engaging in critical classroom discussions and participating in student-teacher interactions are crucial in helping students maintain a successful learning process. With the shift to online courses in response to COVID-19, this element was often lost or extremely challenging to execute.

The Chatbot Tutor is an online educational tool powered by an artificial intelligence software that simulates student-teacher interactions through a messaging application embedded directly in the LMS.

The Chatbot Tutor helps higher education teachers (HETs) shift their time away from answering the frequent and often repetitive questions from students and provides teachers with learning assessment on each of their students so they can gain a better understanding of their progress and identify areas that they may want to concentrate more on in class. The Tutor also benefits higher education students (HESs) by providing them with immediacy through 24/7 interaction and personalisation by adapting to their needs and specific requirements.

As students communicate with the Tutor, the LMS will dynamically update to personalize their learning experience. The chatbot tutor becomes more efficient as the number of student questions increases. Using the Tutor, these interactions will actually be replicated on a large scale, creating a space where both students and teachers can benefit. The use over several semesters as well as the extent of individual use increases its adaptability and its performance effectiveness.