Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?

Hannah Devlin, The Guardian, Dec 27, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think it would be surprising if these new technologies did not play a significant role, particularly in environments where teachers are too expensive or scarce to provide the necessary learning support. We are already looking at significant employment of tutors to support learning. This article looks at initiatives such as "the lessons, provided by a company called Third Space Learning, (that) are targeted at pupils struggling with maths – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds." Researchers at University College London (UCL), have "analysed around 100,000 hours of audio and written data from its tutorials, with the goal of identifying what makes a good teacher and a successful lesson."

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