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The eventual convergence of distance learning (DL) computer systems, artificially intelligent (AI) dynamic learning content generation computer systems, and Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSes) is inevitable. Human to human education, sometimes called instruction or tutoring, assisted by such advanced computer based technologies could become "better", more accessible, more affordable, and more effective, by a factor of 10 or 100.

But saying so does not help non-technical educators plan for that eventuality or prepare them to make better informed decisions that let the educators determine which of those technologies are or will be good and best for education.

In this category "we" list (and will rank and 'tag') web links to Internet articles that this investigator (and her interested volunteer computer technical and computer science friends) think are most informative about emerging trends in these fields.  The content of the articles selected will present their information in non-technical and introductory "light technical" easily understood terms and concepts.

Why the Convergence of DL and ITS is inevitable.

To repeat: The eventual convergence of distance learning computer systems, artificially intelligent dynamic learning content generation computer systems, and Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSes) is inevitable. The convergence is going to happen sooner than later if and when more educators learn what is possible and will become possible "soon" with such technologies.

Such software tools have existed and have been used in "their more primitive forms" by a small number of very priviledged "students" since at least the 1980s within the U.S. military.  They have been used by some other government agencies as well and used in some big corporations' training departments and their "experimental new computer software" departments -- which only these entities could afford in the "earlier days".

There has been a very slow .  "trickle down effect" and evolution of this technology into their uses to serve the ever growing needs of public education and open education that occurs on the Internet.  That "trickling evolution" will happen faster if and when more educators -- especially the computer phobic or computer novice educators --- come to know what can be done with this technology, what to expect, and learn who to push to make educationally appropriate technological innovations happen more quickly that serve their particular needs if and when they use distance learning on the Internet.

Here is how this investigator (and computer technical and computer science friends) think it is going to happen and why.

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Why you, an educator, should care (in this PI's opinion):

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