Is Knowledge Based Artificial Augmentation Intelligence Technology the Next Step in Instructional Tools for Distance Learning?

University of Phoenix
Dale Crowe
Presentation Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Event or Conference: 
Knowledge Without Boundaries
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
United States
Distance learning is becoming increasingly prevalent in both higher education and K-12. But is the technology of 2017 keeping pace with the increasing demands and tools for this mode of instruction? Knowledge based artificial augmentation/intelligence may provide a partial solution to this question. With knowledge-based systems (KBS), through the assistance of subject matter experts, instructional designers, and programmers, it is possible to develop applications for education (including distance learning) to support virtually any curriculum area; as well as numerous administrative tasks and management tools. According to Bates, LaBrecque & Fortner (2016), “Typically, students in online [distance learning] classes miss a higher percentage of course material like assignments and assessments because of lack of consistent communication and various computer and technology issues, often outside the control of the instructor” (p. 6). Operating with a KBS may be one method to minimize the disparity by providing virtually instantaneous feedback for most online curriculum areas, and harnessing the ability of a KBS to be programmed with assignment instructions and even real time tutoring and assistance.