Aleksandr Fadeev, Vice-Rector for Digital Affairs of Tomsk Polytechnic University, told about e-assistance potential and the development of university e-assistants, expected results, and goals achieved.
Aleksandr Fadeev believes that one of the major issues of current educational services is their complexity. All platforms considerably differ from each other, have different designs, and require complex registration procedures.
“The structure of courses can also be confusing. For instance, our students have a minimum of nine courses in one semester. In each case, you should remember what you have already done and what left to be done, and so on. No wonder, these unfamiliar third-party environments often cause rejection among students. For this reason, an effective e-assistant should become native, that is, familiar and understandable for the student,” the expert says.
Native programs in messengers will send reminders of lectures to students and preload video. It will be able to monitor whether students have watched the full video or skipped it in the first minutes. In addition, to test student progress you can upload exercises in the messenger.
An e-assistant can provide instant feedback to students and act as a tutor. “According to statistics, on average, less than 16 percent of students wade through an online course. What is more, teachers or experts do not always know what makes them give up the course. However, nowadays, we have the so-called digital footprint, which reflects user behavior during the educational process.
Based on the analysis of student individual training pathways, the e-assistant will find the optimal ones, resulted in the successful completion of the course and vice versa,”
the Vice-Rector explains.
The assistant aims to monitor the training process. It will warn students when they are doing well and, if necessary, advise them to revise a certain material or complete some more tasks.
According to the expert, modern teaching systems should analyze the student’s progress. Based on this, the assistant will find out the cause, making students fail to solve a certain problem and will invite them to revise the problematic topics. After this, the assistant will offer them a few practical exercises to solidify the theory and upon successful completion, they will be able to continue the course.
“Adaptive systems demonstrate amazing results. In a few hours, students can catch up with a huge amount of material.
An adaptive approach is especially important when one teacher has many students, and each of them progresses at their own speed. An e-assistant will be able to find an individual approach to each student,” Vice-Rector believes.