Interview with I-TUTOR contributor 2.

The I-TUTOR project team would like to show you the creative process behind the project work. We conducted short interviews with various contributors to offer you a unique view on the I-TUTOR development. Our second interview is with Kyriakos Lingas from Militos Emerging Technologies and Services, Greece.

Kyriakos1. What is your role in the I-TUTOR project?
Militos is responsible for evaluation and quality assurance with respect to the procedures, work-plan and outputs of the I-TUTOR project. A special dimension of evaluation refers to the facilitation of three external experts coming from the fields of Computer Science, Pedagogy and EU policies in the field of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). Thus, in close collaboration with the rest of the partners, Militos has managed and implemented all necessary steps in identifying, selecting and contracting these experts, while monitoring and coordinating all evaluation procedures and tasks within this scope. Of course, in terms of keeping up a collaborative spirit among the I-TUTOR partnership, Militos provides input throughout the rest of the planned activities.

2. What was your main interest in the project?
We have been and still are very active in various initiatives and programmes at the national and EU level within the frame of lifelong learning. Thus, I-TUTOR falls within our main scope of interests and respective expertise. Furthermore, participating in such a project, which actually deals with the issue of ‘human’ – ‘machine’ communication and especially in the field of education, is really challenging. It is great to be part of this conversation between actors in the fields of pedagogy on the one side and technology on the other, as it is really interesting to follow the ways by which bridges between the two worlds are built towards a common goal!

3. What did you find surprising, more complicated or easier than expected?
AIED is a very novel field, both in terms of the state-of-the-art in ICT technologies, as well as in the field of online learning, education and pedagogy methodologies. What was really surprising, in a positive way, was the gradual construction of a common ground of collaboration between the partners coming from diverse professional and academic fields. This helped enormously in touching bases with the main objective of the I-TUTOR project i.e. the development of the I-TUTOR plug-in. It was and still is a success by all means, the fact that from one consortium meeting to the other, things became more and more clear, regarding what the partnership has accomplished and what lies ahead of us.

4. What new questions arise while working on the project?
Living up to the challenge! This was the main issue! In line with this, the thing that really concerned us – which is actually the current phase of the project we are in – is the level by which our efforts would be appreciated by our piloting audiences. It looks quite nice from where we stand by now, which is good for the extra mile in front of us.

5. What do you think about the future of the results, what would you like to see as a continuation of the project?
This is about the ‘Now what?’ question. I’m sure that there will be some kind of a legacy for the I-TUTOR project and its outcomes. The work already done by everyone in this partnership – be it the leader, the tech partners and Universities, the actors responsible for dissemination, evaluation, exploitation and piloting – is really good so far as I can judge. It would be really great – and actually this is what we are up to – if various deliverables, ranging from the collected literature in AIED and our lengthy but worthy e-book, to the I-TUTOR plug in itself, could be integrated in the educational ‘toolboxes’ and reference pools of the participating educational structures, as well as other entities in the field among the consortium countries and beyond.

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