Kick – off meeting of the EDUBOTS project

The kick-off meeting of the EDUBOTS project (Best practices of pedagogical chatbots in higher education) took place on January 15, at the Startup Campus, Oslo, Norway. The EDUBOTS project, which is funded by the European Commission. See https://www.edubots.eu/

Cyprus was represented by CYENS CoE (https://www.cyens.org.cy/en-gb/) who has a leading role in examining the state-of-the art in educational chatbots and understanding the users and has a major contribution in piloting the project’s chatbots in higher-education student populations.

The project aims to make a state-of-the-art analysis of the use of pedagogical chatbots in university’s settings, then pilot  two different chatbots in courses across different countries and create a community of educators, sharing their experience and practice in the field. Specific challenges which will be addressed in the first pilots, involve the lack of social interaction and proper integration of freshmen in the university environment as well as lack of information about the quality of educators’ teaching quality in a formative manner.

The kick-off meeting began with an introductory presentation by Gregor Jarisch (project coordinator) and Lars Willner (EdTech Foundry CEO) providing an overview of the project, as well as, the vision and strategy of the company in relation to the chatbots’ development.

Then, presentations by all partners took place, providing insights on the project’s work packages, including tasks’ planning and implementation.

The EDUBOTS European project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021. The official website of the project will be announced soon. Don’t forget to bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague or sign up to get instantly notified on every new blog post. Of course, we’d love getting your feedback on CYENS and this blog — and what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future.