Scientists Collaborate to Bring Learning from Cloud to Screen
OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University, is creating digital text books designed to deliver personalized learning experiences that can differ for each student’s abilities and learning styles.. OpenStax founderRichard Baraniuk explains the texts, to be housed in the cloud and viewable on a range of devices, will be developed by a team of cognitive scientists and machine learning experts as well as subject matter experts and teachers. Using the books, study could be interrupted by a brief quiz to assess mastery of a topic. Depending on results, a student might receive more material for reinforcement, or the teacher might get an automatic email that the student is struggling and needs individual help. The digital books would also record which videos, simulations or practice problems the student opens, and for how long. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation provided a $9 million grant to develop prototypes for high school science.