Potential Abstract: This research article explores the potential of connectionist affordances in the field of generative artificial intelligence (AI) through a semiotic paradigm for educational purposes. As AI technologies rapidly advance, their potential impact on education becomes increasingly salient. However, there remains a critical need to examine how these technologies can be harnessed to enhance learning experiences and pedagogical practices.
Drawing upon the theoretical framework of semiotics, this study investigates the role of connectionist affordances in generative AI systems. Connectionist affordances refer to the inherent capabilities of AI systems to provide learners with opportunities for meaningful interaction, exploration, and sense-making. Through a thorough review of the literature, we explore how these systems can foster cognitive engagement, promote deep learning, and facilitate knowledge construction in educational settings.
The study adopts a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative analyses of AI-generated content with qualitative methods to investigate the impact of connectionist affordances on student learning outcomes. By analyzing student interactions with the generative AI system, we aim to uncover potential affordances that facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
Moreover, this research examines the ethical considerations associated with the use of generative AI systems in education. By considering issues such as algorithmic bias, privacy concerns, and the responsible use of AI technologies, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of the potential benefits and challenges that educators may face when integrating these systems into instructional practices.
This research contributes to the broader field of AI in education by providing insights into the design, implementation, and evaluation of generative AI systems within a semiotic paradigm. The findings of this study have implications for educators, policymakers, and designers of educational technologies, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding the integration of AI systems into educational settings.