One of my favorite strengths of ChatGPT is ABSTRACTING a concept and applying it elsewhere. Now when I first saw this video 2 years ago, I IMMEDIATELY abstracted it in my head and thought of other applications of time warping that could be used, one of which was a use of it conceptually for teachers in a classroom. I wanted to see if ChatGPT4 would ‘see it’ as I had, and it does, precisely.
Me: “How could the DTW concept be abstracted and applied to a classroom setting whereby what is being tracked and ultimately synchronized over the long term is learning materials and understandings of the students?”
Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) could be abstracted and applied in a classroom setting by tracking the progress and understanding of students over time. Here’s a conceptual application:
Mapping Learning Materials: Each learning material or concept can be considered as a point in a sequence, similar to a time series data point in DTW. This sequence forms the “ideal” learning path.
Student Understanding as a Sequence: The understanding and progress of each student can be tracked as another sequence. Each point in this sequence represents the student’s understanding or mastery of a particular concept at a specific point in time.
Applying DTW: DTW can be used to align these two sequences – the ideal learning path and the student’s actual learning path. This alignment can help identify areas where the student’s understanding diverges from the ideal path.
Identifying Learning Gaps: The areas of divergence identified by DTW can indicate topics that the student has struggled with or concepts that they have not fully understood. These are the learning gaps that need to be addressed.
Personalized Learning Plans: Based on the identified learning gaps, personalized learning plans can be developed to help the student get back on track. This could involve revisiting certain topics, providing additional exercises, or using different teaching methods.
Long-term Synchronization: Over the long term, the goal would be to synchronize the student’s learning path with the ideal path, ensuring that the student has a solid understanding of all the necessary concepts.
This is a highly abstracted application of DTW, and implementing it would require a system for quantitatively measuring student understanding over time. However, it illustrates how the principles of DTW could be applied to education.