Build a Chatbot

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Session Description

Currently we are witnessing the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has contributed to the improvements of many technologies, including chatbots. Many vendors have successfully developed chatbots that go through a set process for a defined outcome: for example, customer service inquiries. Students are already using chatbots as they are integrated into many social media platforms. A ‘Teaching Bot’ could provoke broader group conversations, or provide students with tailored learning experiences. A chatbot could send out reminders of daily tasks and/or suggestions for self-study strategies. A ‘Teaching Bot’ has the potential to help faculty concentrate on high quality teaching or more complex questions made by students by answering common course queries.

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of chatbots in education and will involve attendees working in groups to identify a use case and build a paper-based chatbot. At the end of the session, participants will have gained an overview on chatbots in education and can reuse the paper prototyping exercise to help identify and design chatbots.

Session Agenda

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Chatbot presentation
  • Attendees form groups
  • Identify use case, audience and name
  • Create a list of questions the chatbot will answer
  • Design a chatbot conversation
  • Group presentations and reflection

Facilitated By:

Jamie Drozda
and
Brenna Clarke Gray

Please email jdrozda@tru.ca or bgray@tru.ca to share your work or with further questions.

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Try It Yourself!

You will need:

  • Chart paper
  • Sharpies
  • Post-its

Create a persona for your chatbot and give your bot a name. Choose your own question or consider one of the following questions to use to design the conversation:

  • What date are convocation ceremonies this/next year?
  • How do I get my transcript?
  • What citation style do I use for my assignment?

Mock-up you conversational flow chart using you chart paper, markers and Post-it notes.

Further Resources

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