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Stephen Downes

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When I tell people that AI will replace tests and assignments to grade people and award certifications, they think I am talking about the far future. But while it will still take years, maybe decades, for this to be widely deployed, this future is already a lot closer than many people realize. This article is a case in point. Here's the gist, based on a working paper (53 page PDF) from the National Bureau of Economic Research: "An experiment suggests colleges can help students bypass remedial courses for college-level classes by using algorithms instead of placement tests to predict academic outcomes." What's significant is that not only does the AI appear to do the job at least as well as tests, they also may make the entire process more equitable.

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