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:

Learning Optimization   

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.

Universal Availability

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.

Democratized Access

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 Solution

There 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.

A Powerful New Method of Learning

MindWalk  believes that  IDT with its near-human,  personalized “intelligent” user  interface can bridge the gap, capturing what has been missing in the learning experience. Once implemented it can  become the preferred method of reaching out to people to teach them. The power and flexibility of mobile devices equipped with IDT’s will make our technology available any time, anyplace, anywhere. MindWalk’s Intelligent Digital Teachers will have broad-based functionality, offering educational experiences for learners; the avatar teachers incorporate application development tools for a wide range of markets. There are tremendous advantages linked to creating a digital version of an exceptional teacher. First and foremost, the digital teacher possesses the best attributes of its human “donor”; using its strengths to reach out to an unlimited number of others, personalizing their learning experience via one-on-one instruction and untiringly teaching until mastery is achieved. Second, MindWalk’s IDT approach economizes the learning experience. Students learn what they need, when they need it, in the form that best suits their learning style and ability.   No time is wasted teaching what is already known or can already be done. A key feature of the Intelligent Digital Teacher is that it can be implemented with existing learning products and services.  It is designed to function “stand-alone” as a template for new courses, or it can augment existing courses without significant  modification. This feature can dramatically reduce the time (and cost) of converting existing courses. It can eliminate a major barrier to entry for entities with a significant investment in their course inventory. The advent of intelligent digital teachers can be a disruptive force with the potential to change how our  society approaches training and education. It can lift us to new levels of productivity and achievement.  This is something that must be aggressively pursued. MindWalk has accepted the challenge – the goal is to create the first Intelligent Digital Teachers that are highly capable and affordable to everyone.