New Erasmus+ project for RISE on Educational Chatbots

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New Erasmus+ project for RISE on Educational Chatbots 

The proposal submitted with the acronym EDUBOTS - Best practices of pedagogical chatbots in higher education - has been qualified under the Erasmus+ program (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Knowledge Alliances) with a total funding of 713,578 euros. 

Chatbots have the potential of tackling challenges, such as the difficulty of educators to promote  formative assessment in their classes, as well students’ need for receiving personalized feedback to increase their learning. Even though chatbots appear in several applications the last decade, their implementation in higher education is still in its infancy. The main reason is the lack of knowledge in how to implement and train the chatbots for specific scenarios in higher education. The project aims to document best practices for the use of chatbots in higher education. 


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Current state of the art will be defined and pilot pedagogical chatbots for education at partner and other invited universities will be planned and implemented. Digital learning communities (cMOOCs) will be set up and a knowledge sharing culture among educators will be targeted, so as to motivate the implementation of pedagogical chatbots for improving the quality of education in Europe.
 

The project has officially started on November 1st, 2019, and has a duration of 24 months. EDUBOTS is coordinated by EdTech Foundry in Norway and RISE CoE is a major member of the consortium which also includes distinguished organisations such as the Anna & Hubert Labs,the University of Leeds, the University of Zagreb, the University of Granada, and Riga Technical University. 

Dr. Andri Ioannou (Assistant Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology and leader of the EdMedia group of RISE) is the local coordinator of EDUBOTS and Dr. Olia Tsivitanidou (Postdoctoral Researcher at RISE - EdMedia) acts as project manager.

Other people involved in the project are Dr. Loizos Michael (Associate Professor at the Open University of Cyprus and leader of the Socially-Competent Robotic and Agent Technologies group of RISE), Prof. Panayiotis Zaphiris (Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology and member of the EdMedia group), Dr. Yiannis Georgiou (Postdoctoral Researcher at RISE - EdMedia) and Dr. Antigoni Parmaxi (Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cyprus University of Technology - Cyprus Interaction Lab). 

For more information on the EDUBOTS project or the work of RISE CoE you can email us at research@rise.org.cy.

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