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The 'stand-alone and self-contained' approach in the design and implementation of educational technology is rapidly coming to an end. In the future, educational technology resources will be integrated, requiring that the traditional 'module' based focus is replaced with a design approach supporting a 'community of modules' that are selectively integrated by a 'community of teachers' for various courses to suit a 'community of learners'.The original purpose for the use of computers in education was to individualise instruction and a lot of attention has been paid to the individual learning styles, though a lot remains to be done in terms of enhancing the individual learning experience. It appears, however, that efficient and effective methods of attaining the social goals of a better educated and well informed citizens and the role intelligent systems can play in it have not been explored significantly. The focus should be on both the individual and social objectives of education. Accordingly, there is a need for a public platform where the educational system developers community (including artificial intelligence community) and educators (teachers, academic managers, educational policy makers) can discuss their own perspectives on prevailing situations and priorities for further research and development. The need for such a dialogue is apparent when we see how insular these communities are in relation to each other: Educators aim to use technology to enhance individual learning as well as to achieve wide spread education and expect the technology to blend with their individual approach to instruction. However, most educators are not fully aware of the benefits that may be obtained by proactively harnessing the available technologies and how they might be able to influence further developments through systematic feedback and suggestions. Educational system developers and AI researchers are sometimes unaware of the needs and requirements of typical teachers, with a possible exception of those in the computer science domain. In transferring the notion of a 'user' from the human-computer interaction studies and assigning it to the 'student', the educator's role as the 'implementer/ manager/ user' of the technology has been forgotten.
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