Market Updates

Development and Usage of Artificial Intelligence in Colleges & Universities

November, 2018

Using artificial intelligence-powered analytics in academies

The Tacoma Public School District used AI-powered analytics to improve their student graduation rates from 55% to 82.6% over the course of six years. The school sets out to “measure the complete learning process of the child” and developed the programme based on major four goals:

  • Creating collaborations between parents, community, and staff for better education for students

  • Focusing on early assessment and intervention to ensure academic success

  • Creating and maintaining safe learning environments

  • Supporting students accomplish academic excellence

By combining all available institutional information about the students in the Azure cloud, along with accessing data from government departments and social media, the Tacoma Public School District had been able to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to gain deep insights into their students and identify in real time any “at risk” students who required immediate intervention and support. Similarly, at Catholic Education of Western Australian (CEWA), the institutes have deployed “LEADing Lights”, a cloud-first approach to deliver personalized and AI-enabled education to more than 78,000 students across 163 geographically dispersed schools. The application collects data points from a range of sources and provide rich insights for teachers to take early intervention with students.

Using artificial intelligence as teaching assistants in universities

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has collaborated with IBM and developed a collective project called “The Mandarin Project” with the help of which the institute place students in the virtual world. Thus, the learners get the freedom to practice their Mandarin language skills in a series of simulated scenarios. Learners get accurate feedback and coaching on correct pronunciation and sentence structure not by a teacher but with the help of artificial intelligence. Professor Zhou of the institute is experimenting with artificial intelligence and therefore is closely observing the performance of AI-enabled assistance to help students in the course in real time. Furthermore, Georgia Institute of Technology has used AI-enabled teaching assistants in undergraduate computing course. Professor Ashok Goel has been working with virtual teaching assistants for several years. Professor Goel has built his famous AI-powered teaching assistant—Jill Watson in collaboration with IBM.

Artificial intelligence provides precise & detailed feedback on students

Professor Erik Anderson, a Computer Science Professor at Cornell University has built an educational program in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, and Microsoft. The program is designed in such a way that instructors and teachers discover how students arrived at incorrect answers especially in the subject of mathematics. The program is still in its developing stage, and with more enhancement made on the technology, Professor Anderson believes that the program would be able to understand more complex mathematical calculations and grade lesson intelligently that will help and give students more detailed feedback and awarding partial credit.

Pradeep Singh,
Sr. Research Analyst,
Infoholic Research