Developing Technologies in Educational Settings – Winter School – Feb 2019
New technologies are emerging, among which robots are foreseen to play a major role in the announced Industrial 4.0 revolution. While AI and robotics usage has been constantly increasing since the last decade in some economic sectors such as transportation and manufacturing, the educational sector seems to still be impermeable to the acceptance of technologies in classroom. In the last few years, researchers in digital education have been demonstrating considerable achievements in designing, adapting, implementing and deploying of technological systems in classroom. These systems aim to facilitate learning and instruction via several levers including: 1) adaptive and individualized learning with personal feedback and generation of personal learning path, 2) richer learning experiences with collaborative learning systems and mediated social interactions, 3) monitoring and learning assessment with new tools developed for teachers to assess learning outcomes.
However, many questions still remain. For instance, what interaction strategies aid learning and which hamper learning? How can we deal with the current technical limitations? How should effective lessons be developed and implemented on a tutoring robot? Answering these and other questions requires a multidisciplinary effort, including contributions from pedagogy, developmental psychology, artificial intelligence and HRI, among others.
The aim of this training event is to give young scholars, who aim to gain expertise in education and in robotics (from instructional design to inverse kinematics, ROS to ZPD, Markov to Piaget), an overview of current research in the interdisciplinary community working on educational robotics and digital education. Participants will benefit from hearing from the forefront of the field and from discussions on how to move from fundamental research towards the development of market-ready educational robots.