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3:39 PM  January 9, 2019

"Active" math: Tomsk residents prepare break in online education

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийActive math: Tomsk residents prepare break in online education

TOMSK, Jan 9 – RIA Tomsk.Tomsk State University (TSU) and ENBISYS company will present essentially new online course on mathematics in 2019 which will be equal in effect to individual lessons with a teacher. Scenario of each lesson will change depending on questions of the student, there is no such interactive training in the world yet. Details – in material of RIA Tomsk.

"To stick together" a lesson

We have: the first-year student who arrived on one of 20 faculties or institutes of TSU. Task: he has to have a certain level on mathematics by the end of the first semester (because сan't get along in the world without math).

But today considerable number of students come to the first course with low knowledge of mathematics. The huge amount of time, forces and other resources of teachers are necessary "to push" them to the necessary level…

"Together with TSU (with the Center of mathematical education) we develop the course of adaptive mathematics essentially different from the existing online courses. It will be the same individual training – that now is practiced in universities for work with the lagging behind students – but with a virtual teacher, that is much cheaper and at the same time not less effective", – the director of ENBISYS Dmitry Bubnov tells.

In classical online training little is taken into account in the degree of student involvement in each particular moment. Developers of a new course on mathematics also want to correct it: adaptive content will be adjusted on individual basic knowledge and features of each pupil. First of all the platform has to "hear" his inquiry …

"For the solution of this task we built artificial intelligence from GoogleCloud in the platform – it "is responsible" for exact recognition of the speech. Own ENBISYS technology is responsible for fast delivery of a voice of a pupil from the browser to the server of a cloud and back", – Bubnov explains.

Also programmers of the company wrote algorithms which help to distinguish sense of the speech and to allocate standard patterns of behavior instantly to choose the suitable scenario depending on reaction of the user.

It looks so: a student in a course of a lesson asks questions, the system distinguishes them and "palms off" the educational content suitable in this specific case in Real-time.

Specialists of the Center of mathematical formation of TSU wrote down pieces of scenarios – units of educational content, for example, devoted to some theorem. The program will also make different options of lessons of them. Understood the theorem – the scenario went on one way, there are questions – dwelt upon material …

"So far the course on the platform will be one, according to the narrow section of mathematics (a formula of abridged multiplication). Having proved that the technology works, we can scale it on other sections of mathematics and on other disciplines which can be formalized", – Bubnov says.

© предоставил Дмитрий Бубнов
"The most part of content in fundamental education is in paper form. At the same time it is more and more information, and it needs to be loaded into a student's head quickly. For this purpose also adaptive training is necessary", – Dmitry Bubnov says.

Experiments with a system

In February, 2019 the team has to present the working prototype of the educational platform. The rector of TSU Eduard Galazhinsky expects that the technology automates the whole cluster of routine teaching work on tutoring and alignment of hundreds of students annually in the future.

"It will allow teachers to focus on scientific, research, on creation and development of schools of sciences", – Galazhinsky says.

He emphasizes that electronic training – only a part of the concept of development of the education system in TSU:

"I will give an example: on the experimental course "Alternative History" we work now technology when the concrete faculty gives the order for competences which have to appear at its students within a general education course.

One more experiment – "a bachelor degree kernel" when by means of general education courses we form identity of the student of TSU at first-year students. It both certain set of books, and critical thinking, and system analysis, and other qualities inherent, in our opinion, to students of TSU", – the rector concludes.

© предоставлено пресс-службой Томского госуниверситета
According to the rector of TSU, today there are more than 40 experiments with educational models at various faculties.

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