Towards Student-Centric AI-Supported Learning: Teaching Chatbots to Ask the Right Questions

Abstract: In the rapidly evolving landscape of educational technology, the integration of Large Language Model (LLM)-based chatbots presents a transformative opportunity to enhance learning experiences. Our project introduces "Maike", an innovative educational chatbot designed to revolutionize the traditional learning paradigm by fostering critical thinking, purposeful learning, and self-efficacy among students. Unlike conventional chatbots that provide immediate answers, Maike employs Socratic dialogues to engage students, prompting them to explore and reflect upon their queries through guided questions. During this presentation, we will delve into a comprehensive literature review highlighting the significance of such technologies in education and detail the theoretical framework underpinning Maike.

Short bio: Lucile Favero is an ELLIS PhD student, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Geneva and a master’s degree in Mathematics and Neuroscience. In her master thesis in Mathematics, directed by Dr. Sylvain Sardy, she developed a machine learning model to optimize heat pump systems. In parallel, in her neuroscience studies, Lucile did a full-time internship for three years under the supervision of Dr. Giulio Matteucci at the El-Boustani laboratory. There, she implemented a decision-making model that promises to provide invaluable information to experimenters when designing, analyzing and refining behavioral tasks. Lucile is currently pursuing her PhD studies under the guidance of Dr. Nuria Oliver (ELLIS Alicante), Dr. Tanja Kaser (EPFL) and Dr. Juan Antonio Pérez Ortiz (UA) focusing on the integration of the Socratic method in chatbot development to improve educational outcomes.

Presenter: Lucile Favero

Date: 2024-03-01 11:30 (CET)

Location: Salon de Actos Politecnica IV, Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, San Vicente del Raspeig 03690, Alicante ES