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Harnessing the Power of Natural Language Processing to Mass Produce Test Items

By Martin C. Yu, Taylor Sullivan / October 18, 2022

Mass production of test items involves numerous steps and takes time. Technology can play a key role in supplementing human resources whether gathering and storing source materials, communicating with subject matter experts, or synchronizing and coordinating activities during a complex or fast-paced development cycle. Our work in automated item generation (AIG) using natural language processing is one example of this process unfolding in practice. Over the past few years, there has been a surge in developments in the fields of natural language understanding and generation (NLU/NLG) regarding applications of language models developed via machine learning techniques that have yet to be applied to the area of AIG. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Challenges for introducing artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of a next generation assessment approach

Special Issue: Advancing Beyond Multiple Choice eAssessment

By Brian Moon, Farima Fatahi Bayat, Sneha Nair, Andrew Slaughter / September 30, 2021

The U.S. Army sought to develop capabilities that allow for the automated or semi-automated, with greatly reduced human involvement, creation of tests and assessments. In recognizing the potential for an assessment approach that goes beyond multiple-choice, the Army chose our team to introduce and evaluate automated capabilities to author concept mapping-based assessments. This paper describes our initial approaches toward introducing efficiencies into the authoring process for concept map-based assessments. We are developing and evaluating methods to automatically generate concept maps from a knowledge domain and convert the maps into assessments for formative and summative purposes. Our initial work has sought to overcome challenges as we introduced artificial intelligence into the authoring process. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Designing for Social Connectivity (Not Everyone Likes Webcams)

By William P Lord / April 30, 2021

COVID-19 has forced vast numbers of educational institutions to shift their operations from being delivered face-to-face to being delivered online. As a result, academic institutions have had to scramble to find complex solutions that meet systems-wide online teaching and learning needs. The quality of interaction that occurs between the educator and the student is crucial to the success of delivering education via online technologies, and it is incumbent on the host institution to provide a usable, effective, and satisfying form of communication all participants may communicate with while maintaining a sense of social presence. It requires little effort to compile a list of potential benefits of using webcams in educational settings. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Designing an Immersive Environment from the User's Perspective

By Michael A. Dzbenski / November 15, 2019

This review examines Casey Fictum's "VR UX: 100 Pages of VR UX, Design, Sound, Storytelling, Movement & Controls." Fictum creates a fast-paced, concise guide for readers looking to create virtual reality environments centered around the consumers who use the technology. The book interlaces technical information, imaginative storytelling, testing protocols, checklists, and amusing stories. This gives the reader perspective through the lens of a true expert in the fields of virtual reality, experience creation, head-mounted displays, and field-testing the technology. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Planning your Educational Podcast for an Online Course: Four genres to consider

By Christopher Drew / July 12, 2019

Podcasting for education has become increasingly popular in the past decade. This article explores four genres of podcast and how they can be used in online courses. The genres include: The Chat Show, The Narrative, The Tutorial and The Quick Burst. Each genre has its own strengths and weaknesses for supporting student learning, but each can also be employed for different learning tasks. Educators can seek out podcasts from each genre to incorporate in their teaching, or similarly inspire students to create their own podcasts after exploring the features of each genre. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom

By Jacob A. Bane / July 3, 2019

As distance education grows, so does the need to ensure student identity and academic integrity. The academic integrity landscape continues to evolve, and universities have deployed a variety of methods to ensure integrity. The Ohio State University used a dual approach to ensure academic integrity across its distance education offerings employing a virtual proctoring solution and faculty education on authentic assessments. A solid foundation was set with this initiative; however, development will continue in order to meet the needs of a changing educational landscape. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed: How the realities are impacting our L&D reality

By Ann Rollins, Tom Pizer / May 16, 2019

The realities of learning are upon us. As learning practitioners, it is tough to keep on top of the emerging technology landscape. In this article, we define augmented, virtual, and mixed reality and provide use cases and context as to how each fits in the learning landscape based on our experience. We also share design considerations and a starting guide for practitioners as they begin to bring the realities into their learning ecosystems. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES