By Glynn Cosker
American Public University System has a couple of fun and challenging contests for students this fall as part of their Research Fest initiative: The 2021 Lightning Talk Competition and the 2021 AI Competition.
Lightning Talk Competition
Are you able to compellingly present your complex academic project in just 180 seconds? If you’re up for this communication challenge then take a look at American Public University System’s Lightning Talk Competition for 2021.
The Lightning Talk Competition challenges current American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) students to explain a research project they have completed in a course to a broad audience with just a three-minute video and using only one visual.
According to the competition’s organizers, the participants’ “Lightning Talk should provide a lively and accessible overview that helps the audience understand why this project is important – the “so what?” factor – and how the project contributes to the field and the larger public good.”
Participants are encouraged to focus on the “takeaway message” for each presentation.
All submitted entries will be judged by a panel of faculty from different university departments with prizes awarded based on specific criteria found here, and the official rules – including eligibility requirements and prize information – can be found here.
Robot Teachers vs. Real Teachers: AI Competition
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here to stay. It’s just about everywhere now, but is it welcome in education? That’s the big question asked in APUS’s other Research Fest contest this fall: The 2021 AI Competition.
APUS’s AI Competition challenges AMU and APU master’s students to write a paper between 1,000 and 2,000 words either supporting the use of AI systems/robotics – or not supporting such tools – to replace actual, living teachers in online classes.
All submitted entries for the AI Competition are judged by a panel of REAL faculty from different university departments with prizes awarded based on specific criteria found here.
The official rules for the AI Competition – including eligibility requirements and prize information – can be found here.