Automatic curriculum generation from prerequisite concept networks

To ensure that knowledge will thrive and receive exposure beyond the boundary of its discipline, dissemination of accessible material is crucial. With today’s abundance of content, the key challenge is not creating it, but organizing it in a way that will facilitate acquisition. This explosion of information has also created a “burden of knowledge”: inflation of the prerequisite knowledge to be mastered before contributing to a field. To ease this burden and promote access, Lipson and his group propose to build a network of the web of documents based on prerequisite relationships, which they can leverage to create effective learning pathways. This will provide large-scale data-driven insight into curricular relations within and across disciplines, automatically generate sequences of tutorial documents, and identify gaps in knowledge transfer and emerging knowledge areas.