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Are ‘Motivation Bots’ Part of the Future of Education?

Are ‘Motivation Bots’ Part of the Future of Education?

Personalized learning is a common goal these days with little disagreement about the benefits this style of learning holds.

But can experts agree that robots might soon-to-be the future way of implementing personalized learning?

Some think yes. According to VentureBeat, Mumbai-based company Prepathon and its feedback bots have the potential to change education as we know it.

In an interview with Prepathon’s CEO Allwin Agnel, VentureBeat describes how the company plans on offering schools a wide range of bots that are personalized to help students with a variety of specializations.

For instance, the first bot the company created focuses on telling students “after every 10 questions how they’re performing compared to the average correct answer and response times of other test takers,” VentureBeat says.

Right now Prepathon specifically focuses on using the bots and community to prep students for tests. Today, it debuts three new bots to make this happen.

The Motivation, Revision and Announcement bots each perform respective functions that are intended to help students master exams.

The Motivation bot, for instance, "keeps students motivated with reminders, social support, and other means,” while the Revision bot "helps students to best understand ways to improve their work” and the Announcement bot "tells students how much studying they need to do based on the amount of time available.”

Prepathon is currently providing students guidance through intense data collection, which will improve as the number of students using it increase. The company hopes that in the future, when artificial intelligence technology improves, it will be “well positioned for a coach A.I. tutor bot.”

Could feedback bots, “Motivation bots” and A.I. tutor bots be the future of personalized learning?

Agnel told VentureBeat he plans on moving the bots into Western classrooms by the end of the year, so only time will tell how the U.S. will react to such technology.

In the U.S., recent studies have shown that teachers are not opposed to robots in the classroom, but agree they will need significant training before implementing such technology.

For teachers worried about possible intentions to replace teachers with robots, have no fear. Most experts are in agreement that technology is useless without the human element.

Read the full story.

Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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