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Tuesday, April 24


The role of AI and Machine Learning in shaping the future of open education
Nearly everyone comes into contact with AI and machine learning technologies on a daily basis. Ranging from the way that Netflix uses our TV-watching habits to provide recommendations, to the sometime comedic auto corrections our smartphones make while sending text messages. The technologies that make these interactions possible can also be used to take on some of the greatest challenges facing open education. Once realized, these technologies will change how schools and experts pursue open education.

For the past three years, Penn State University has been experimenting with a broad range of AI and machine learning technologies that help address some of the greatest challenges facing the exploration, creation, adoption, and sharing of open educational resources. This session will explore practical examples while initiating a new conversation within the community around the opportunities and implications of using smart tools to advance how open educational materials are created and accessed by students.


Kyle Bowen

Director, Education Technology Services, The Pennsylvania State University
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Jennifer Sparrow

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology, The Pennsylvania State University
Jennifer Sparrow is the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology where she leads a dynamic team of more than 95 learning innovators. Teaching and Learning with Technology collaborates across the entire institution to transform teaching and learning in positive and... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:35 - 12:00
Commissie 3
Thursday, April 26


Automating digital skills classes
Nowadays tech-related skills are in a very high demand, so is the education. Students and professionals are eager to learn coding, data analytics, algorithms, machine learning and other critical 21st century skills which will make them succeed in life. But to create, run and scale such educational programs usually require lots of time and efforts.

In this presentation I will talk about Stepik, a cloud digital learning environment. Stepik takes care of routine tasks in tech-related courses and helps teachers to focus on more important things in the class. The narrative of the presentation will be built as a sequence of real use-cases on how instructors from all over the world use Stepik. They create, host and grade programming assignments, they check student's database queries and virtual machines, they create interactive textbooks and massive online courses, and more.


Thursday April 26, 2018 13:40 - 14:05
Classroom 1