Supporting teachers and pupils through a smart signal

Created Dec. 9, 2023, 2:24 p.m.
Updated Jan. 21, 2024, 11:56 a.m.

Smartschool aims to develop a signaling function utilizing AI that can alert to potential learning issues using available data on their platform. The application is intended to serve as a tool for teachers who wish to monitor their students despite their demanding schedules. The project is being conducted in collaboration with students, parents, and education professionals. Through partnerships with the Hasselt University and GO!, there is a focus on ethical considerations and practical usage of the application among teachers. Additionally, Cegeka contributes its expertise in the field of AI to the project.


The development of the AI-functionality aims to support teachers and should result in the early detection of potential learning issues and less drop out of pupils. By taking a Citizen Science perspective we try to bridge the gap between science, developers and education and let teachers, pupils and other education actors (who are ultimately at the heart of the education processes that are being automized) participate in the development process.

How to participate

Citizens (students, teachers, and other education actors) are engaged in the realization of the Smart signal.

  1. In the agenda and data creation phases, citizens gather and rank social and ethical requirements. This is facilitated through workshops ‘guidance ethics approach’, a method which helps citizens to understand the Smart signal and collaboratively generate social and ethical requirements, thereby ‘guiding’ the emerging technology. The ranking subsequently takes place through online voting.
  2. Throughout the research phase, citizens can contribute to the underlying AI algorithms, which will be released as a testable entity through a public GitHub repository.
  3. Citizens are also involved in evaluating the prototype through focus groups.
  4. Citizens are engaged in evaluating the end product through focus groups, providing input for future iterations of the tool.
  5. Selected citizens per school receive training sessions on the functioning of the signaling function, practical instructions for its usage, and insights into the social, ethical, and legal aspects involved in its usage. Subsequently, these citizens can train their colleagues (dissemination). From these training sessions, we expect further input from citizens for enhancing the Smart signal and potentially addressing any remaining social and ethical aspects.

About funding

Funding bodies: Flemish government

Active from 01/01/2023 until 01/01/2025
Public Education Artificial Intelligence
Science Topics


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