Applications of Artificial Intelligence in an Open and Distance Learning Institution

Mansor Fadzil, and Tengku Amina Munira Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen, (2008) Applications of Artificial Intelligence in an Open and Distance Learning Institution. In: International Symposium on Information Technology (ITSim) 2008, 26-29 August 2008, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. (Submitted)

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Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an educational setting presents a wealth of opportunities, particularly for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions. As ODL relies heavily on human-machine interactions, AI thus naturally offers open universities various means to address issues such as how do people actually learn; what constitutes effective teaching; as well as what are the advantages and limitations of computer-based systems in education. Open University Malaysia (OUM) is Malaysia’s premier ODL institution and has been operating for seven years. As an ODL institution, OUM’s operations and services are heavily anchored on a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that could potentially include AI. Though the implementation of AI has not been fully realised in education, OUM foresees many areas that can benefit from it, in terms of ensuring quality, improving pedagogical methods as well as enhancing the overall teaching and learning experience. In this paper, we will explore several fields whereby AI could be potentially utilised in an ODL institution, i.e. expert system for programme advising; automated scheduling of classes; marking of assignments; plagiarism detection; retaining learners and adapting to their diverse needs and backgrounds; maintenance of property; and ensuring security. OUM also anticipates that AI could provide a significant and highly intriguing paradigm shift in the deployment of ODL and that it could greatly influence the future of all open and distance learners. (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Additional Information: The paper is also available in printed proceedings format Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Information Technology 2008 : Kuala Lumpur, August 26 to 29, 2008 : Volume 1 at call no. T58.5 ITSIM (Ref)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education ; Human-machine interactions ; Open and distance learning (ODL)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009 04:44
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2013 01:18

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