International Journal of Advanced Educational Research

International Journal of Advanced Educational Research


International Journal of Advanced Educational Research
International Journal of Advanced Educational Research
Vol. 1, Issue 6 (2016)

Comparing a-list empire educational software to Khan Academy’s: increasing student performance by incorporating artificial intelligence into video-based instruction


Rahul Kindi, John Leddo, Mayukha Kindi, Shaan Bhandarkar, Neehar Chadeva, Sanjana Dasari, Ayush Karmacharya, Ninad Varshney, Samhitha Somavarapu, MyEdMaster LLC

The Internet has given rise to a plethora of educational resources that are available to students. These resources come in a variety of formats including downloadable worksheets with answer keys, online problem solving calculators, and instructional software that allows users to learn a topic and solve problems. One of the most popular websites is produced by Khan Academy, which allows users to watch educational videos and then practice what they have learned by solving problems. One weakness in the site is that its interactivity with the student is limited to evaluating the correctness of answers to problems. A human teacher, on the other hand, could review the student’s work and see where the student made his/her mistake and then explain to the student how to correct it. Such feedback is valuable to helping a student improve. A-list Empire is a social media website that is creating educational content using a similar format to Khan Academy’s. The primary difference is that students are given an electronic worksheet to enter their step-by-step problem solving and artificial intelligence (AI) software then evaluates their work and points out where mistakes are made and how to correct them. An experiment compared the effectiveness of Khan Academy’s software compared to A-list Empire’s. Students were taught arithmetic operations on complex numbers. Half practiced problem solving using Khan Academy’s software and half practiced using A-list Empire’s AI-based software. On a post-test, students using A-list Empire’s software showed higher performance, and more so for difficult topics, and more consistently high performance than those using Khan Academy’s software. The results suggest that AI can improve educational performance when added to the video-based instruction paradigm.
Pages : 01-06