The Lemania School is getting a new superpower from artificial intelligence
For the fall 2021 session of the Swiss Maturité exam, Lemania School candidates can exercise their memory and test their knowledge with a fun new tool: an interactive version of the MCQs (Multiple Choice Quizzes) from the Swiss Maturité exams.
In short, students can access 200 interactive MCQs online in five branches of the first partial exams: history, geography, physics, chemistry, and biology. There are nearly 2000 questions in various forms: checkboxes, diagrams to label, series to reorder, and fill-in-the-blank tests.
The learning tool proves fantastic. It is not only a question of ticking boxes. The care given to the interface makes the questions burning and stimulates the desire to answer them. By the same token, the Maturité program becomes more lively: ah well, the Swiss Maturité candidates are supposed to know how much the atoms weigh?
What is even more impressive, however, is how the MCQs have been produced.
As a specialist in Artificial Intelligence applied to education, Smartest did not simply put the MCQs online based on ad hoc programming.
In fact, Smartest has created an assistant with Artificial Intelligence that can analyze documents given to it in a natural language format and identify the elements that make up the questions and answers. Any document in pdf format on which an MCQ is written can be analyzed and prepared for reconstruction as an interactive MCQ.
The process is fast and does not require any programming skills from the user who uploads the MCQs. Although the first digital MCQs were taken from the Swiss Maturité exams, the Lemania School teachers can already use the assistant with any exercises they have already created on paper.
By taking advantage of technological innovations in education, Lemania School provides new ways to make even better use of school time.
Interactive quizzes support essential phases of instruction by exercising memory and checking comprehension of required reading. By leveraging technology for these necessary and time-consuming tasks, valuable time can be freed up for other pedagogical tasks essential to 21st-century skills, such as formative feedback, differentiation, and critical debate.
The report on this innovative project would not be complete without warm thanks to Roman Bruegger, Director of the EdTech Collider at EPFL. Smartest is a part of and who regularly collaborates with the Lemania Swiss Group schools.
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