The Digital Tutor: A Concept, A Passion, A Reality
Abstract: Many world-class universities offer free K-12 online MOOCs, but only a few of the deserving students benefit from this platform of education. Studies show that only three to five percent of students enrolled in MOOCs complete their course. For children with less self-discipline as compared to adults, this success rate could be much lower. Moreover, the MOOCs are not structured coursework that would satisfy high school completion requirements. A possible solution to help eradicate illiteracy may use AI technology in teaching the masses. A Digital Tutor (DT) while applying adaptive learning methodology uses Lyrebird, an AI digital voice engine. Upon the student’s login, the resident Digital Tutor loads the virtual classroom and the lesson on the computer. After teaching the lesson, the DT will assess mastery of the concept. In case of deficiency, it would repeat the lesson, or the student can pause/replay the instruction. At the backend, the DT uses a cloud-based AI-interface with the Lyrebird voice engine to deliver the lesson. When an internet connection is unavailable, the Digital Tutor steps down to DT-Lite and performs the tasks of teaching and assessment using lessons stored on the local storage. This innovative teaching methodology is expected to revolutionize the delivery of education to the underprivileged who do not have access to quality education and is likely an effort to eradicate illiteracy from the world.
Presider: Rebecca Callaway, Arkansas Tech University