The “E” factor has transformed traditional Learning methods to a wider pool of aspects in terms of audience and richer in terms of presentation. Engaging a wider audience leads to knowledge exchange and knowledge experience, which ultimately brings us to the point of knowledge creation by participation. Having adaptive systems allows a faster and more precise knowledge understanding and distribution. Systems can be adapted manually by users but they are also ready to adapt knowledge distribution, learning paths, surveys and allow interaction with certain collaborators. The precision to this brings us closer to E-Learning systems with AI. To systems that adaptation will be more efficient and will take into account not only intellectual observations but also behavioural factors.
Apogee's innovative approach in order to impact the students’ learning curve was to create Icarus, an AI plugin system for e-learning. ICARUS E-Learning is a project granted by the European Commission – H2020 and combines Artificial Intelligence and E‐Learning. Icarus consists of Machine Learning elements that allow taking into account business realities and student needs, makes learning more profile focused, enhances the understanding on business practices, boosts subject understanding and grows engagement. This will enhance the value of traditional e‐learning systems as well as the learning material input by the tutor.
Icarus provides tools to students to follow their own individual learning paths, teachers can design their own personalized and adaptive tutor with the following sub-systems:
- Cognitive understanding
at the core of Icarus lie the AI algorithms that merge all the available information to enhance cognitive understanding.
- Schedule of Learning Paths
based on the material, performance, student profile preferences and characteristics, the AI algorithms propose learning paths.
- Profile Monitoring
the system monitors the students’ learning patterns through detailed tracking of actions and progress - this is transparent to the student creating an iterative feedback loop.
- Performance Analytics
reports on the performance of the student and connects elements to understand the learning type.
- Collaboration of students & tutors
having additional information on the student, tutors can provide more personalized material and tutoring.
- Business Cases & Academic Content
Icarus LMS draws on relevant information from authoritative business and academic sources allowing tutor to expand the material of their courses with additional effort.
- Advanced Course Authoring
Icarus automatically classifies course content using NLP (Natural Language Processing) and suggests additional references.
- Video Indexing
Course creation is made easier and student engagement is greatly improved through automatic closed captioning, AI-powered topics and entities indexing and an innovative video viewing interface.
Icarus is an open source system with the possibility of purchasing customized versions, extensions and modules. Icarus’ main role is to become a personalized and adaptive tutor after learning both the student’s profile as well as the educational needs in relation to the educational material that the student is required to assimilate.