BitSchool Q&A (2) Personalized Learning

The BitSchool Q&A is based on questions that have been raised after we announced our ICO. We thought these questions and our answers might be of interest to anyone who’s either interested in our project or thinking of participating in our Token Sale. Take a look at the questions and answers.

Q. Competitiveness is usually a good thing, but the idea that you can defer to the student the ability to assess how good their experience has been is slightly problematic, as they may not be the best people to make that assessment. Enjoyment, cheapness and understandability might actually be inversely correlated with academic rigour. There is a danger of a “race to the bottom” academically, whilst learning units “race to the top” in terms of popularity.

A. A very good point. While we believe this could potentially be a risk if you rely entirely on student assessment we think a duel approach or more would be effective. What we mean is that instead of just relying on the students’ input to assess quality, we could assess this with teachers’ inputs across the community but additionally our own hired specialists’ inputs. In this manner, different videos could be rated for different qualities including engagement, understandability and academic rigor. The system would then be able to dismiss or flag videos that are rated too low in any of these categories. Additionally, as the system learns students rating scores could be given different weighting depending on how well they align with both the teachers and experts views towards quality educational content as the first priority rather than pure entertainment value.

The most important mission of BitSchool is to provide the ideal personalized learning experience so that all willing learners will not be left behind because of the current education system’s limitation and good graders can make their study more effective. All in all, if this environment is realized, we will have a much smarter population. So Enjoyment (e.g. through gamification), Cheapness (e.g. through on-demand tutoring), and Understandability (e.g. through Adaptive Video Technology) are crucial aspects of our platform and especially our AI product line, but these are all required to create a more engaging learning experience that also help lengthen the learners’ memories of topics. But anyway, like you mentioned, as we design and develop our platform and products line, the points you raised will be seriously considered.

Q. Students from a particular location may appreciate different learning styles and strategies, so having learning ratings by geographic location may help. For instance, there are many countries that still push a rote learning style where students are asked to memorise facts rather than deploy general concepts to new situations.

A. One of the main advantages of BitSchool will be that it might provide the venue to share benchmarks of best education practices to teachers, tutors, students, learners, and parents across the world in not only developing countries where rote learning is still provided but also developed countries like the US where despite the tons of money poured into the education system in a year, the public education faces many issues and many students are left behind or even illiterate. The AI is based on complicated logics and basically tries to provide ways for learners to find the most fitting learning practice for them because only when this is realized learners will fully engage, elongate their memories, and will turn the concepts into real knowledge that can be applied to various situations in their lives. So learning ratings per geographical location and sharing benchmark of best educational practices will be very important for the BitSchool model to be a truly successful change agent.

Q. How to stop the system being abused by students who wish to enroll others to help complete their work?

A. The system could track and periodically record some user interactions between users and this data could be searched with voice recognition or text analysis to determine if any keywords are detected related to such activities. Additionally, those suspected of such activities could have these logs scrutinised more closely by members of our team and users who are caught merely completing others work in this manner would be banned from our platform. Aside from these technical prevention measures, it will be even more important to educate all participants in the AI education processes to know the purpose of the BitSchool AI Systems that it is not to assess the students and make them feel superior or embarrassed compared to their peers or penalized them for their low scores, but rather to accurately gauge the proficiency levels of the learners per each sub topic and provide AI generated contents that will accurately meet the learners’ learning needs and style so that they can work on the weaknesses and improvement areas in a manner that fits them best.

Q. I like the idea of using AI to find out the learning style of the learner and present materials adapted to their best performance. Identifying areas of weakness (e.g., through non-passed test questions) is relatively common, but also very good component.

A. This area is also one that obviously requires the most research and effort to pull off effectively; hence why we need to go down the ICO route rather than standard venture capitalists. As such we have allocated 50% of raised funds to our AI product research & development. Also our team comprises a PhD who spent his time researching the Artificial General Intelligence technology and is eager to put his profound knowledge to developing the AI technologies of BitSchool along with our CTO, and also our partnership with CAFA is very important in that regard as they have been done significant R&D over the years and also ran many real-world applications of the AI Adaptive technology in class environments with corporate (like Samsung Electronics or Cisco System) and educational institutions (KICE the developer/administrator of South Korea’s College Admission Exams). Also we have accomplished neuroscientists helping us out!

Q. Different question types can be produced using available products in the market. It should be worthy to look into products that can offer the same questions in different formats to match learner style.

A. We are currently in the process to forge partnerships with eLearning, Artificial Intelligence or innovative learning products companies who we hope will collaborate with us by providing access to their developed or developing technologies such as the CAFA Lab, which information you can find on our website or whitepaper. FYI, CAFA has done serious R&D in the adaptive formative computerized learning area and also possesses innovative item generation technology by which the computer automatically generates diverse variations of the same question and answer pair data. Also they have great ideas of leveraging blockchain to create the ideal AI data collection process. So we’re really excited about our partnership and the huge synergy that will occur between our teams. Anyway, these partnerships will be crucial not only for our successful ICO, but also more importantly for our development and deployment of the BitSchool Platform.

Q. Might also be worthy to look into the concept of “reusable learning objects” that was popular a few years ago — little (free) modules that teach specific concepts, and explain how this might relate to the units produced in the proposed system.

A. This is actually an idea we definitely should look into especially considering our Dynamic Marking System which will not only help teachers with the marking process by automating it partly or fully, but also provide fitting feedbacks, including but not limited to educational background materials or improvement opinions on essay compositions (in the future of course). Also our Adaptive Video Technology will enable users to gain access to educational videos that match their learning needs, style and pathway. So for these contents-oriented AI tools, the modules could be something that we should build into our tools.

Q. Can you produce a table comparing your features to other similar platforms?

A. If you refer to the ‘1. BitSchool Differentiation’ Section in our whitepaper on page 3, it contains a SWOT which analysed competitor platforms that are based on either eLearning or tutoring or both. We’ve done a pretty comprehensive comparison and it proves our uniqueness, much better tech and business model logics, and innovative features of BitSchool in relation to similar platforms available.