The University of Texas at Arlington, along with five international universities, have created an individualized software program that aims to improve the way students learn.
The new software, OnTask, allows instructors to provide feedback on specific questions and help students adjust their studying process — keeping OnTask — using the data that tracks a student’s activity over the semester.
The data tool compiles a student’s activity on video assessments, electronic textbooks, exams, and discussion forums.
“This combination of machine learning and human-supported decision-making holds promise in making our goal of providing greater support to students a reality in UTA’s classrooms.”
George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, or LINK Lab, believes the new software will bridge the gap that can exist between students and professors in larger classes.
“This combination of machine learning and human-supported decision-making holds promise in making our goal of providing greater support to students a reality in UTA’s classrooms,” Siemens said in a release.
The software project is led by University of Sydney, which collaborates with the University of Technology Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the University of South Australia the University of Edinburgh, and UTA. It is funded through a Strategic Priority Commissioned Grant from the Australian government’s Office of Learning and Teaching.
UTA plans to pilot the software this fall.
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