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Cognitive Differentiation in Learning Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249582D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-04
Document File: 5 page(s) / 307K

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A method and system for cognitive differentiation in learning applications is disclosed.

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Cognitive Differentiation in Learning Applications

Disclosed is a method and system for cognitive differentiation in learning applications.

Differentiating education materials and content to suit the varied abilities of multiple students is a significant challenge for teachers. This is true for various reason, some of which include the following: Creating differentiated content for students with learning styles or abilities consumes much of a teacher’s already limited bandwidth. Separate instruction streams may be necessary. Many students are already taught to a mainstream style because fine-grained differentiation is challenging to create.

In order to facilitate addressing these challenges, the disclosed system and method automates lesson material differentiation and discrimination. The system is based on a population described with persona to simplify analysis and adaptation of materials. As depicted in Figure 1 a corpus of ability tuples is defined. The ability tuples include materials describing a student’s abilities, pedagogical approaches that work with that student, and functions to adapt and assess candidate student materials.

Figure 1

As shown in Figure 2, the teacher describes student abilities into a persona.

Figure 2

As shown in Figure 3, the system uses natural language processing (NLP) to find tuples


that are a best fit for the persona.

Figure 3

The teacher refines the persona and which tuples to apply. As shown in Figure 4, the teacher builds a lesson plan by assembling materials to teach the lesson and assembling activity description for the teaching of the class.


Figure 4

The systems aids in lesson transformation by transforming the lesson plan per the classroom persona population. The lessons are assessed and adapted per the material tuple. Associated pedagogical materials are presented to give insight on teaching approaches for best experience by the student. The teacher assesses the lesson differentiation by providing feedback to the system. Positive feedback strengthens solution. Negative feedback weakens the association for the persona and may cause an alternate approach to be suggest for the persona.

The teacher chooses to teach a lesson for a class and applies differentiation. As shown if Figure 5, the Lesson materials ar...