A new software suite, dubbed Nestor, is set to be used at the ESG Business School to heighten the performance of students and professors.
Admit it; there was always that one class in school or university that could send even the most devoted student into a coma. That might not be the case, however, as a new software suite dubbed Nestor might coax our worst nightmares in the worst possible way.
Nestor, founded by LCA Learning, is a new software suite that utilizes artificial intelligence and facial analysis to map the eye movements and facial expressions of students in order to determine whether they’re paying attention in class. Read: Education technology startup EduConnect offers help on all things student
In a scene out of Skynet Goes To School, Nestor can formulate quizzes based on content that was covered while a student was unattentive, while teachers can utilize the technology to improve their method of delivery.
The technology is, at present, available for students who watch lectures remotely; an ideal implementation being for students enrolled in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).
LCA founder Marcel Saucet revealed that Nestor will be able to integrate with a student’s online calendar and proactively suggest study times, and analyze their online behaviour to identify patterns. While Nestor won’t store any video footage it collects, it will be up to each enrolled school to decide what it will do with collected information.
Software such as Nestor aims to improve the performance of students who study online, which various studies have claimed pale in terms of student engagement when compared to a lecture which one could attend physically.
One such answer might be evident in the form of ‘blended learning’, which involves a mixture of physical lecture attendance and the use of various technologies to facilitate teaching. Read: Microsoft unveils the ‘Classroom of the Future’ at the Cape Town Science Centre
What are your thoughts? Would you be prepared to attend an ‘AI-led’ class such as one handled by Nestor? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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Source: The Verge