We believe 2024 will usher in an era of ubiquitous AI use across all industries.

We are moving quickly, but thoughtfully, to evaluate & adopt appropriate new technologies so we can continue to best support our clients.

We see many advantages in using AI in learning design

And we continue to evaluate new tools & test new functionality for our clients - all to determine where to partner with others and what to add to our own toolset.

How we're using AI

Increased Efficiency

We seek to be more efficient through:

  • AI-assisted analysis of documents & data
  • AI-assisted course design
  • AI-generated drafts of course content
  • AI-generated digital artwork & photos
  • AI-generated audio & video
  • Semi-automatic PDF-to-course generation

Faster Development

  • We seek to use a more agile development process by using AI-based placeholder assets prior to & while working with SMEs and other stakeholders
How we're using AI

Additional Features

We can add learning-by-doing features that were impossible before, such as:

  • Real-time semi-Socratic dialogues with learners
  • Real-time evaluation and feedback for learner submissions
  • Virtual simulations with multiple agents and real-time conversation
  • AI-generated audio and video
  • SCORM-compatible AI-generated simulations

We are the only learning design services firm with decades of experience in both cognitive and computer science, including AI

This puts us in a unique position as a trusted advisor and partner for AI-assisted development projects.

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Ray Bareiss, Ph.D.

Principal AI Scientist

  • Began career as an AI researcher
  • Initial work in machine learning
  • Transitioned to automated knowledge acquisition systems that interact with SMEs directly to acquire knowledge
  • Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (UT Austin 1988)
  • Inspired by Roger's Dynamic Memory, he and many others developed the field of Case-Based Reasoning
  • Was assistant director of ILS at Northwestern University 1990,1998
  • Held faculty positions at Northwestern University (1990-1998) and Carnegie Mellon University (2002-2012)

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Greg Saunders, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science (The Ohio State University 1994)
  • Studied neural networks under Jordan Pollack. These much smaller networks are a precursor to today's LLMs
  • Research focused on evolution of communication between autonomous neural agents
  • Was a Research Assistant Professor at ILS at Northwestern University and developed tools to turn educational theories into learning-by-doing simulations
  • Has been using AI, cognitive science & learning sciences insights & methodologies to design and build digital learning programs for 25 years

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Roger Schank, Ph.D.

Socratic Arts founder

  • One of the early giants in the field of AI
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics (UT Austin 1974)
  • Initial work in natural language processing at Yale
  • Interest transitioned to improving education
  • Seminal publication - Dynamic Memory in 1982 ("revisited" in 1999) - is the foundation of our work and inspired of much of modern Cognitive Science
  • Founded the Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS) at Northwestern in 1988

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