Inquire, which is being dubbed the intelligent textbook, is the latest development in eBooks.
“Inquire is an iPad app that combines the popular Campbell Biology textbook with a knowledge representation and reasoning system that answers questions. The transition to digital textbooks should be more than a superficial change in medium, and Inquire is an example of how AI technology can help ensure the transition to digital textbooks leads to improved learning for students.
Science textbooks are complex and intimidating: a typical college-level biology textbook introduces thousands of new concepts and tens-of-thousands of relationships between them. By providing quick, factual answers and repeatedly exposing students to the patterns of comparing and relating concepts that are fundamental to human learning, Inquire addresses this challenge head-on.”