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Common problems students face during their studies include how to study effectively, coping with the amount of reading , how to manage their time, avoiding procrastination and distractions, and improving their concentration. The ability to focus the mind is one of the most important abilities one should possess. An important factor in being able to complete any task relates to one’s ability to concentrate on that task.
As a matter of fact, most people lack the ability to concentrate. Their attention usually wanders, without being able to fix it on one subject for any reasonable period of time. A problem many people have is that they become easily distracted such that they do not focus at the task at hand. They do not finish what they want to do.
This can be seen very clearly among students and pupils, who do not manage to pass exams and decide to quit from schools/universities. According to the Report “Education and Training in Europe 2020” prepared by EC, in 2012, the EU-28 average for the population aged 18-24 with lower secondary education at most and not currently in further education or training was 12.7 %. Solution for that may be show these young people how they can learn more effectively.
According to the recommendations contained in the ” High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education”, (report to the European Commission on improving the quality of teaching and learning in Europe’s higher education institutions) HEIs should exploit the opportunities presented by technology to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
The main objective of the project is to create a set of tools that will help to increase the effectiveness of learning by supporting the high level of concentration in a manner adapted to the individualized rhythm of learning.
Initially, the project will be directed to students from partner universities, who will study math. However, after the completion of the project, it will be possible that tools developed under this project will be used by any group (age, occupational, social), and not only to learn math but also any other subjects.
Many researchers have shown the effectiveness of affective ITS for supporting student learning. An intelligent tutoring system (ITS) is a computer system that aims to provide immediate and customized instruction or feedback to learners, usually without intervention from a human teacher. ITSs have the common goal of enabling learning in a meaningful and effective manner by using a variety of computing technologies. There are many examples of ITSs being used in both formal education and professional settings in which they have demonstrated their capabilities and limitations. There is a close relationship between intelligent tutoring, cognitive learning theories and design; and there is ongoing research to improve the effectiveness of ITS.
The solutions offered under the framework of LEARNIT project may be a good alternative for traditional ways of stimulation of concentration and focus during the process of learning. Tools developed during implementation of the project would be also great answer to the need to improve the effectiveness of ITS.
LEARNIT project offers combination of traditional theories about necessity of stimulation of concentration to ensure efficient learning, with current attitude to use new tools, personalized, based on personal features, adjusted to individual needs of user, and highly connected with latest technologies. It is also response to identified needs of representatives of target groups, as well as partner universities.