Lucilla Crosta is a passionate entrepreneur and teacher, focused on improving online learning for adult learners. Her Italy based startup, Smarthink, is working hard to create educational technology tools aimed at improving the online learning experience for adults. They truly believe that students learning online are entitled to an equal if not better learning experience than those enrolled in traditional schools.
That sentiment is echoed in the United States almost daily in higher ed, work force learning and e-learning. Luckily, today, technology is in place that allow creators like Crosta, and co-founder Carmelo Maisano, the opportunity to develop next generation tools that level the playing field.
Crosta is attacking the problem of inequalities in online learning vs offline learning through the lens of a woman, a teacher and an entrepreneur. EduLAI will unlock the powers of artificial intelligence (AI) to assess students as they are going through online learning programs. The machine learning and AI algorithms will be able to measure a student’s comprehension of the skills being presented, track how they learn and anticipate where their trouble areas are. Instructors, educators and online learning developers will be able to use this important feedback to create better online learning experiences.
The new EduLAI technology is rooted in “competencies based education” one of the driving themes for EDUCAUSE this year, and one of the driving themes of the EDUCAUSE conference next month in Philadelphia.
EduLAI is also rooted in the Vygotsky theory of “zone of proximal development”, the idea that there is always in any student, a potential area of development that the student can reach with the help of the more experienced student or teacher.
Using artificial intelligence backed by the philosophies of the creator, Crosta, EduLAI is connected to the student and his or her improvement and not just general knowledge and learning.
Smarthink will debut EduLAI at EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia October 31 – November 3rd. You can also check them out online at smarthink.org