2022 | Early stage | Education | SDG1 | SDG10 | SDG11 | SDG12 | SDG13 | SDG14 | SDG16 | SDG4 | SDG8 | SDG9 | United Kingdom
X5GON: Cross Modal, Cross Cultural, Cross Lingual, Cross Domain, and Cross Site Global OER Network

Company or Institution

University College London






United Kingdom

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 1: No Poverty

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 14: Life Below Water

SDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

General description of the AI solution

X5GON is a project that applies different AI techniques supported by a technology stack allowing the AI technologies to support sustainable education to scale. The system that incorporates the different AI technologies discovers 100,000s of Open Educational Resources (OERs) scattered around the world (on the Internet) and enriches them with meaningful and detailed metadata that can be used to enhance their discoverability and utility to human learners. The technology stack consists of i) an ingestion pipeline, that uses AI to harvest and enrich metadata about new OERs, ii) an Application Programming Interface (API), that facilitates the communication of external software systems with X5GON and iii) X5Learn, an intelligent learning platform that personalises learning pathways and allows humans to consume OERs harvested from a multitude of repositories directly.

The X5GON technology stack directly addresses SDG4 treading toward equitable, quality education. At the same time, it also passively impacts other SDGs such as poverty eradication, good health and well-being, sustainable cities, decent work, climate change etc. by making available high-quality informational content across languages and modalities. AI technologies such as transcription, translation, scalable, automatic quality assessment, search and recommendation are used to connect individual learners to learning materials. Currently, learners are the key user group that can benefit from X5GON and X5Learn systems. But we have also identified that X5GON can become a powerful tool that teachers can use to discover high-quality, openly licenced learning materials that they can use in their teaching. Furthermore, we also see how the wealth of knowledge accumulated by X5GON can help employers and commercial entities to support upskilling and career development of employees. Going to the future, we aim to work with governments, social good organisations and commercial partners to leverage AI to democratise education.

Github, open data repository, prototype or working demo



Bulathwela, S.; Pérez-Ortiz, M.; Yilmaz, E.; Shawe-Taylor, J. Power to the Learner: Towards Human-Intuitive and Integrative Recommendations with Open Educational Resources. Sustainability 2022, 14, 11682. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141811682

Bulathwela, S., Pérez-Ortiz, M., Holloway, C., & Shawe-Taylor, J. (2021). Could AI Democratise Education? Socio-Technical Imaginaries of an EdTech Revolution. arXiv preprint arXiv:2112.02034

Perez-Ortiz, M., Novak, E., Bulathwela, S., & Shawe-Taylor, J. (2021). An AI-based Learning Companion Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All. arXiv preprint arXiv:2112.01242.

Perez-Ortiz, M., Dormann, C., Rogers, Y., Bulathwela, S., Kreitmayer, S., Yilmaz, E., … & Shawe-Taylor, J. (2021, April). X5learn: A personalised learning companion at the intersection of AI and HCI. In 26th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces-Companion (pp. 70-74).

Bulathwela, S., Yilmaz, E., & Shawe-Taylor, J. (2019). Towards automatic, scalable quality assurance in open education. In Workshop on AI and the united nations SDGs at international joint conference on artificial intelligence (IJCAI).





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Mentorship Program

HPC resources and/or Cloud Computing Services


International Research Centre
on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI)
under the auspices of UNESCO 

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana



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