Education systems across the globe are facing Herculean challenges. Germany, home to CEBIT and some of the world's most renowned philosophers, is no exception. In a bid to get the required adaptive learning processes off the ground, scientists in a new laboratory at the DFKI are working with schools, universities and businesses to test and develop pioneering technologies for innovative teaching and learning methods. This Immersive Quantified Learning Lab (iQL), a collaborative project between TUK and the DFKI, is now on show at CEBIT 2018.
Its founders see their creation as an idea and prototype workshop for the learning of the future where the intelligence and creativity of humans and computers are brought together. To reach this goal, researchers are using various technologies - such as eye tracking, speech and gesture recognition and augmented reality - to look at how they can be deployed in learning and working environments. Measurements of facial temperature using an infrared camera, for instance, help to ascertain pupils' stress levels. Combining such sources of data with intelligent algorithms, as is the case with deep learning, offers a novel insight into individual and group learning processes, thereby helping to provide teaching staff with practical recommendations. "The iQL is an innovative, instrumentalized learning environment for participative and customized learning and teaching," explains Professor Andreas Dengel, head of Smart Data & Knowledge Services at one of the DFKI’s three research facilities. Dengel outlines the laboratory's objectives: "Using established prototypes, we design technology to demonstrate the advantages of innovative learning methods. By merging different forms of interaction with multimedia learning objects, we aim to highlight the potential of digital media in training and education, shape learning processes in a more diverse and interactive manner and thus boost pupils' interest in the course material. We also seek to research the effects of such digital learning environments regarding psychological and cognitive strain and improved knowledge, comparing these with traditional mediums."
On 13 April, the iQL opened its gates to the public for the first time during its "Night of Science" initiative. Visitors to CEBIT 2018 now have the opportunity to discover the latest developments in sensor technology for themselves and gain an in-depth insight into the future of learning.
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) (67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany), Hall 27, Stand F62