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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Dynamically Building Books Using Open Educational Resources

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We now live in an era of ubiquitous learning where information is rapidly increasing and dynamic. To facilitate learning in such an environment, customized and personalized educational options and learning resources, such as MOOCs, online badging systems, Wikibook, Wikiversity, and others, have been proposed. While they provide choice and flexibility, creating and maintaining high-quality and up-to-date learning resources at large scale is a challenging problem, especially for some domains such as computer science where knowledge quickly changes. For example, the latest version of the popular book "Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition" from 2009 misses much of the recent development of machine learning techniques such as deep learning and transfer learning. However, most of this content is publicly available online in high-quality and readable formats provided by expert researchers and scholars. Thus, a solution we are prototyping intelligently harvests online resources and reorganizes them in a format of a personalized learning resource similar to a textbook.

By building an interactive online book generation tool, we can significantly reduce the cost of creating and maintaining learning resources, give more personalized customization, offer a larger selection of learning resources, and enable more efficient online collaborative learning.


Lee Giles


Bart Pursel

Faculty Programs Coordinator

Saturday March 21, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 109

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