Unleashing the Potential of Blockchain Technology in Ill-structured Educational Environments: Exploring Artificial Intelligence Anchors for Nuanced Learning

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Abstract: This research investigates the untapped potential of blockchain technology in addressing the challenges posed by ill-structured educational environments, leveraging artificial intelligence anchors to facilitate nuanced learning experiences. Ill-structured problems, characterized by their lack of clear problem definitions and multiple possible solutions, require learners to navigate complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty. While educational technology has made significant strides in supporting structured learning activities, the integration of technology in ill-structured learning contexts remains limited.

This study proposes the use of blockchain technology to enable greater transparency, accessibility, and collaboration in ill-structured educational environments. By utilizing blockchain to store and securely share educational artifacts, learners can benefit from a decentralized system that promotes trust, authenticity, and accountability. Additionally, blockchain’s inherent immutability ensures the integrity of learners’ work, allowing for comprehensive assessments of their learning progression.

The integration of artificial intelligence anchors further enhances the learning experience within ill-structured environments. Through machine learning algorithms, AI anchors can assist learners in sensemaking, providing personalized recommendations, and fostering metacognitive skills. AI anchors can also facilitate the identification and exploration of diverse perspectives, promoting critical thinking and fostering a deeper understanding of complex problems.

This research will employ a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative data from participant observations, interviews, and focus groups, with quantitative data collected through pre- and post-assessments, surveys, and learning analytics. The study will be conducted in collaboration with a diverse group of secondary and tertiary learners, examining their experiences with the blockchain-based learning platform and AI anchors. Data analysis will employ both qualitative coding techniques and statistical methods to explore the impact of blockchain and AI anchors on learners’ engagement, collaborative problem-solving abilities, and knowledge acquisition.

The findings of this research are expected to contribute to the emerging field of educational blockchain technology, shedding light on the potential benefits and challenges of integrating blockchain and AI anchors in ill-structured educational environments. By exploring the nuances of this innovative approach, educators and researchers can design more effective pedagogical interventions that empower learners to thrive in complex and uncertain contexts.

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