Energy-based models (EBMs) have emerged as a promising area of research in artificial intelligence (AI), with applications in image and speech recognition, natural language processing, and more recently, education. At the 5 Steps Academy Research Center, we are exploring the potential of EBMs in educational settings to improve student learning outcomes.
EBMs are a class of generative models that learn to associate a scalar energy value to each possible input. The model then generates an output that minimizes the energy of the system. Unlike other generative models, EBMs do not have a probabilistic interpretation, but they still perform well on a range of tasks. In education, we are interested in exploring how EBMs can be used to generate educational content, such as quizzes or exercises, that adapt to a student’s learning needs and preferences.
One way that EBMs can be used in education is through personalized curriculum generation. By analyzing student data such as past performance, interests, and learning style, an EBM can generate a customized curriculum that optimizes the student’s learning trajectory. This allows for more efficient and effective learning, as students are able to focus on the topics and skills that they need to improve upon the most.
Another potential application of EBMs in education is in the generation of multimodal content. In this case, the EBM can be trained on multiple modalities such as text, images, and audio to generate more diverse and engaging educational content. This can help to keep students motivated and interested in the learning material.
At the 5 Steps Academy Research Center, we are also interested in exploring the use of EBMs for adaptive assessment. By generating assessment questions that are tailored to a student’s individual learning needs, we can create a more accurate picture of their knowledge and abilities. This can help educators to identify areas where students are struggling and provide targeted support to improve their understanding.