Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Icarus (Bringing Personalized Knowledge to Students in Public Schools Through Artificial Intelligence inELearning)
Reporting period: 2016-03-01 to 2016-08-31
To help make e-learning more student-centred and modern, we have created Icarus, an AI plugin system that can be installed on top of one of the most recognized free open source Dokeos e-learning platform. Icarus provides tools to students to frequent a learning path and to teachers to create one as a personalized and adaptive tutor with a series of modules.
The objective of the Phase I project was to conduct a Feasibility Study and draft a Business Plan including the following objectives: feasibility study, partner search, market, business model, risk and IP assessment as well as draft a work plan for Phase II.
Task 2: The partner search showed that it is most useful to find pilot schools based on their level of interest rather than the type of institution.
Task 3: The market assessment confirmed that there is a major market out there but that the freemium business model is the recipe for success.
Task 4: Since the educational landscape is mostly composed of public institutions, we will launch a freemium model to allow anyone to use Icarus and those who can afford and want customization to be able to get it.
Task 5: We understand our risks more closely.
Task 6: The result of the IP assessment is that we have freedom to operate and are not infringing any existing IP. Our best option given that Icarus will be open source is to protect our brand with trademarks.
Task 7: We drafted a work plan with 8 work packages to ensure the development of the two additional components and the integration with further e-learning platforms.
Task 8: All results have been summarized in a detailed business plan.
The performance of our education systems seems to be really low since the drop out in school has remained the same along the past decade accounting for 30% nowadays. However, the landscape is starting to change now. Internet, led by mobile devices brings us the access to a massive amount of information in a matter of seconds promoting self-learning and on-line learning models such as Coursera. But these new ways of consuming information and finally, learning, have a significant drawback: 7 of 10 students want more personalized tutoring and 5 of 10 teachers need to understand the student better and interact more. The answer to overcome this drawback and allow this new trend of on-line digital content to become personalized, and an adaptive learning experience, exactly what Icarus is trying to accomplish. By these means, we will allow students worldwide to acquire new knowledge with much higher performances. In fact, Bill Gates stated that adaptive and personalized learning is the future of education.
From a social standpoint, an open source interactive e-learning platform can bring European students closer and eventually lead to equal standards in education. Also, using intelligent e-learning tools can allow integration of students with learning disabilities. For instance, dyslexic students take a long time to read information and can assimilate information they hear very quickly, which can simply be done by devices that can read text.