AI and adaptive learning support - possibilities and limits

Theme 2   Entrepreneurship and business economics.

Researchers and academics.

To promote entrepreneurial skills and digital competences of young people across Europe, a spe-cial learning platform was developed by an international research team within the framework of the EU-funded project Career 4.0 as part of the "Erasmus+ - Strategic Partnerships" programme. The platform provides constructive feedback by mentors and enables the support of experts. Ado-lescents between 16 and 25 years receive decisive impulses for better orientation in the ever-changing world of work by internationally active mentors which empower them to professionalise their personal development plan.

The platform has so far been used in Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Spain and Hungary. It cre-ates the conditions for learning with agile management methods. The project builds on findings on the application of agile approaches in corporate competence development such as agile learning (Bräutigam et al., 2017) and sprinting learning (Bauer et al., 2018). The concept offers four learn-ing projects - the employment radar, talent diagnosis, expert hearing and founder workshop (Kröll, 2018). The platform enables the individual adaption of learning projects, which are composed of individual time- and location-independent learning sprints. Depending on the maturity of the ado-lescents' development plan, the mentors can compile the sprints individually in the sense of agile learning.

To carry out a usability evaluation of the platform, cross-functional teams of selected mentors, adolescents, representatives of the partner organisations and experts were formed in each EU coun-try. The evaluation questionnaire contains 53 questions and is divided into four topics: user-friendliness, content and learning tasks of the learning platform, personal experiences with digital learning and personal details. A total of 12 mentors, 25 adolescents and nine organisers from Bul-garia, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Greece took part in the pretest phase. The evaluation results show that the learning platform is mostly perceived as useful and rather easy to apply by the users. De-spite the positive feedback, the platform’s contents and its implementation should be further im-proved by identificating potentials and resistances that can arise in connection with the use of agile learning with the learning platform. Following on the evaluation it proves beneficial to improve the usefulness and ease of the platform by using selected AI tools. One approach is to adapt the platform to the characteristics of the users using algorithms and further develop the platform into an adaptive learning environment, e.g. with chatbots, speech recognition and technical assistance systems and the topics of cyber security big data and CBR recommendation system.

Presented by: Dr. Martin Kröll (1, 1) and Kristina Burova-Keßler

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