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Defense Acquisition University
DAU Completes Their First AI-Powered Course Pilot
Written by: Marina Theodotou
December 13, 2018
Defense Acquisition University is exploring how AI-powered technologies can enhance learning experiences away from the classroom and provide more robust on the job support. Known as "adaptive learning," this new technology can recognize a student's preferred learning patterns, adapt to their level of knowledge on a particular topic, and provide them with a personalized path to learning -- all easily accessible through mobile devices or a traditional web browser.
The first 13-week pilot using this technology concluded Nov. 19, 2018.
The pilot comprised two groups of acquisition workforce members, each with 100 participants. One group took the course through the traditional DAU online method and the other through the AI-powered Cerego platform. The goal of the pilot was to test whether students can learn more efficiently, retain learning longer, and find value in the Cerego experience. Results from the pilot indicated that 78% of the post-course survey test group respondents felt they learned more using Cerego than those in the traditional DAU portal course and 90% agreed that Cerego improved their knowledge on the training topic. Additionally, the pilot uncovered several technical and user experience opportunities for improvement.
The results of this initial pilot are encouraging. Throughout FY19, DAU will continue to use agile processes to explore additional AI-powered learning technologies that improve the learning experience for the Defense Acquisition Workforce.