Harnessing Generative AI For Creating Educational Content With Illumidesk


August 20th, 2023

54 mins 52 secs

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Generative AI has unlocked a massive opportunity for content creation. There is also an unfulfilled need for experts to be able to share their knowledge and build communities. Illumidesk was built to take advantage of this intersection. In this episode Greg Werner explains how they are using generative AI as an assistive tool for creating educational material, as well as building a data driven experience for learners.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I'm interviewing Greg Werner about building IllumiDesk, a data-driven and AI powered online learning platform


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Illumidesk is and the story behind it?
  • What are the challenges that educators and content creators face in developing and maintaining digital course materials for their target audiences?
  • How are you leaning on data integrations and AI to reduce the initial time investment required to deliver courseware?
  • What are the opportunities for collecting and collating learner interactions with the course materials to provide feedback to the instructors?
  • What are some of the ways that you are incorporating pedagogical strategies into the measurement and evaluation methods that you use for reports?
  • What are the different categories of insights that you need to provide across the different stakeholders/personas who are interacting with the platform and learning content?
  • Can you describe how you have architected the Illumidesk platform?
  • How have the design and goals shifted since you first began working on it?
  • What are the strategies that you have used to allow for evolution and adaptation of the system in order to keep pace with the ecosystem of generative AI capabilities?
  • What are the failure modes of the content generation that you need to account for?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Illumidesk used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Illumidesk?
  • When is Illumidesk the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Illumidesk?

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