Issues of Learning Optimization
Issues of Learning Optimization, Universal Availability and Democratized Access
We have a problem with the way we teach people today, especially our young people. Education is decades behind technology’s ability to effectively engage and teach today’s learners. At our schools and universities, classroom lectures and computer exercises followed by solitary homework assignments and tests cannot compete with Twitter, Instagram, massive multiplayer online games, YouTube videos, texting, FaceBook, and the myriad ways students can invest their life energy. And higher-level education forums such as those offered by the government and corporate training, while moving to embrace advancements such as computer-based training, have yet to take important next steps that could dramatically enhance their training efforts.
The reality is that education and training today are out of step with our changing society. There is much we can and should do, but we are mired in tradition, binding policies, red tape, politics, union issues and financial constraints. These factors are contributors to three fundamental issues to be considered as we evaluate how we are going to learn in the future. The issues are:
Recent improvements in teaching technology and it’s application as well as how our young people engage and interact with the world have outpaced the current teaching methods and practices of our learning institutions.
There is a large gap between what is known in the world and what is being taught. Critical knowledge and skills are not universally available.
People around the world do not have equal access to learning opportunity. There is a schism between the “haves” and the “have nots”. Access to learning experiences can be democratized, giving everyone an equal opportunity to improve themselves through learning.
The problem we face is how we must overcome these issues. How can we bridge the gap? How do we move to a new, better way of learning – one offering the latest, most advanced learning technology and practices to a much broader audience? Also how do we optimize the learning experience and deliver it practically across all learning venues, including public and private applications so that the barriers to entry for learning experiences are effectively removed?
MindWalk’s white paper discusses a possible solution, the MindWalk Intelligent Digital Teacher (IDT) Protocol, which may serve to mitigate these issues while establishing a strong foundation for future learning. The MindWalk IDT Protocol is a venture beyond the bounds of normal thinking, taking into consideration new technological opportunities, emerging approaches that acknowledge today’s learning generation, and new-found opportunities to secure vital resources without which no viable solution will be possible.
MindWalk IDT Protocol – A SolutionThere is a way to get where we want to be. The issues we face are not insurmountable. But to get there we have to open our minds to new possibilities. The world has changed dramatically since the first days of the classroom. The Internet and computer technology have changed our reality and what we can do. For example, AI-driven learning technologies aimed at personalizing the delivery of learning experiences and tailoring them to each person’s skills and knowledge are now available. This development, along with the emergence of new methodologies supporting learning focused on the individual can help optimize learning contexts and outcomes. The fact is that optimizing learning should no longer be an issue. What is now needed is a mechanism for making our new opportunities available to everyone. This is also the case for the issues of universal availability and democratized access. Standing in the way are the traditional impediments. But the main underlying issue of offering and making learning accessible to everyone is the lack of resources – mainly, but not exclusively money. The utopian situation is democratized access and availability granted at no cost. But is there a means for achieving this? MindWalk, a global Initiative, thinks the answer is “yes”, and has developed a solution in the form of its “IDT Protocol”. MindWalk’s approach effectively manages all of the issues. The MindWalk IDT Protocol is a blockchain driven, advanced AI algorithm for learning and course design aimed at facilitating advanced course development. The IDT Protocol provides course creation tools used by courseware creators to build Intelligent Digital Teachers. MindWalk intelligent teachers come in a variety of forms with a broad range of teaching abilities modeling the best aspects of successful teachers. Like their human counterpart, each digital teacher optimizes the learning experience, tailoring it to exact learner needs, priorities and interests. The result is a learning experience that is fully optimized to the needs and priorities of the learner, leading to outstanding learning outcomes and effectively resolving the issue of learning optimization. The MindWalk IDT Protocol also tackles the issue of delivering accessible, cost effective, state-of- the-art learning experiences to a broad target audience with a wide range of learning priorities and objectives. The Protocol combines its advanced AI learning algorithm with a unique “Learning Innovation Engine” (shown schematically in a section below) to create a powerful mechanism for creating advanced IDT courses, developing a growing universal library (called MindWalk Learning) of generic versions of the courses with no access restrictions, and offering them to the public at no cost. The MindWalk IDT Protocol is therefore a sustainable operating platform and emergent ecosystem that effectively manages the salient issues of learning while creating a cost effective context for education of the masses. The “Learning Innovation Engine”, which is the heart of the Protocol, is activated and fueled by MindWalk’s token. The MindWalk token and its attributes are described in detail below. All learning outcomes, the MindWalk Learning course registry, and transactions associated with the “Learning Innovation Engine” are documented on the MindWalk blockchain. The following sections offer a detailed examination of the MindWalk IDT Protocol, MindWalk’s advanced technology, the “Learning Innovation Engine”, and the MindWalk token.
A Case for Intelligent Digital Teachers
Great teachers share something in common. They take the time to know their student – what she knows, the skills she possesses – and how she learns best. Then they create a highly supportive, engaging learning experience that’s unique, tailored to suit the student’s abilities and interests. The result is an outstanding learning experience. Unfortunately exceptional teachers are rare, and there may be fewer in the future.
But now there is a way around this issue. MindWalk believes that it can solve the issue of learning optimization by creating exceptional digital versions of human teachers that can be deployed en mass. MindWalk’s Intelligent Digital Teacher (IDT) technology combines near-human avatar teachers with artificial intelligence to create a new, more effective way to learn. IDT shareware makes it possible for course developers to create and offer premium, personalized learning experiences for public consumption without breaking the bank.
Here’s how MindWalk can achieve this goal. Unlike pictures, 3D digital renderings (often called avatars) can be animated. With today’s technology it is possible to give a teacher’s avatar the ability to move, speak and interact without limitation. There are no practical limits to what the avatar can be asked to do. The next step is to capture the human teacher’s unique personality and teaching style, integrating it with the newly-created digital avatar. This is not easy – it involves using sophisticated artificial intelligence to emulate those things that make each of us unique. No one has done this, but with today’s technology it is achievable. The result will be a digital version of a teacher that behaves much as the human behaves and teaches just like she teaches. MindWalk will have created the first Intelligent Digital Teacher (IDT).
Now it is possible to create digital versions of human beings that can “think” and act like their human counterparts. This introduces an interesting prospect – what if we can take the best traits of our teachers and embed them in digital versions that reach out and “personally” engage learners virtually? The result would be both dramatic and far-reaching, because it solves the first key issue we face – how to optimize the learning experience. It can transform our education system and improve our ability to function as productive members of society.
MindWalk, believes this is a possibility that can be achieved in the near-term. MindWalk’s plan is to create digital versions of the best human teachers, emulating their teaching style to address the needs and interests of both corporate America as well as those of a new generation of e-learners – Generation Z. MindWalk is leveraging new, emerging technologies to replicate the best teachers in digital form so they can convey their skills via an unlimited number of teaching applications distributed globally.