ELI Webinar: Robot Writers and the Future of Open Education

Robot Writers and the Future of Open Education

April 11, 2016


1:00–2:00 p.m. ET (UTC-4)

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Kyle BowenKyle Bowen
Director, Education Technology Services
Penn State University


C. Lee GilesC. Lee Giles
David Reese Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology
Penn State University


Bart K. PurselBart K. Pursel
Faculty Programs Manager and Affiliate Faculty, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Penn State University



Robot reporters are already used to develop original stories that cover news, sports, and economic markets. Combining the same algorithmic approaches to sources of open content, we can now imagine a future where authors outline textbooks that are written by robots. This emerging application of artificial intelligence creates opportunities to save time and money while offering new learning experiences through open learning materials that are authored jointly by human and machine. This session will explore an automated book creation platform developed at Penn State to leverage intelligent algorithms that explore OER repositories and return relevant resources that can be combined, remixed, and reused to support specific learning goals. Information gathered from initial experiments, including student reactions, will also be discussed.


After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn how machine-learning concepts can be applied to the generation of learning content
  2. Critically evaluate machine-generated content and identify typical pitfalls and concerns
  3. Identify opportunities that machine-learning offers for enabling new learning technologies
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