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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity. He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations. He has a combined following of 4 million people across his social media channels and newsletters and was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world.

Bernard’s latest books are ‘Future Skills’, ‘The Future Internet’, ‘Business Trends in Practice’ and ‘Generative AI in Practice’.

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Bernard Marr ist ein weltbekannter Futurist, Influencer und Vordenker in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Technologie mit einer Leidenschaft für den Einsatz von Technologie zum Wohle der Menschheit. Er ist Bestsellerautor von 20 Büchern, schreibt eine regelmäßige Kolumne für Forbes und berät und coacht viele der weltweit bekanntesten Organisationen. Er hat über 2 Millionen Social-Media-Follower, 1 Million Newsletter-Abonnenten und wurde von LinkedIn als einer der Top-5-Business-Influencer der Welt und von Xing als Top Mind 2021 ausgezeichnet.

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Online Education And Generative AI: Welcome To The Age Of Virtual AI Tutors

17 June 2024

If you’re a lifelong learner, chances are you’ve taken an online course or two over the years. But the next time you take an online course, you might enjoy a more personalized experience, thanks to generative AI. Because in this age of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools, online course providers are increasingly using generative AI to offer a better, more adaptive experience for online learners.

In this article, we’ll explore how two providers, Khan Academy and Udacity, have embraced generative AI technology to improve online learning.

Online Education And Generative AI: Welcome To The Age Of Virtual AI Tutors | Bernard Marr

Khan Academy’s Khanmigo Assistant Helps To Deepen Learning

Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization on a mission to provide free education for students of all ages anywhere in the world. To fulfill this mission, Khan Academy partnered with OpenAI to create Khanmigo, a virtual tutor for students that can, among other things, ask each student individualized questions to prompt deeper learning.

Every student is unique. And one of the long-promised benefits of online learning is that the learning journey can be personalized according to each student's grasp of the subject matter. Some people need more help to grasp a concept before they can move on, for instance. But achieving this sort of personalization on a mass scale has proven tricky, which is where generative AI comes into play. Using OpenAI's GPT-4 large language model, Khan Academy can provide exactly the kind of personalized support and tuition that learners need. As Kristen DiCerbo, chief learning officer at Khan Academy, put it, “We think GPT-4 is opening up new frontiers in education. A lot of people have dreamed about this kind of technology for a long time.”

One of the things that makes GPT-4 so transformative is its ability to understand and formulate freeform questions and prompts in natural language. It facilitates a natural back-and-forth discussion, in other words, exactly like a human conversation - like a conversation between a student and teacher in a physical classroom. In online terms, this capability can be used to ask each student individualized questions, gauge their progress, and prompt deeper learning. Questions like, "What would happen if…?" or "Why did you give that answer?" This helps to ensure that students aren't just getting the question right but also fully understanding the underlying concepts.

Interestingly, the Khanmigo virtual tutor can also function as a classroom assistant for teachers in traditional education settings. Indeed, Khan Academy has been testing ways teachers could use the technology in classrooms – for example, to create instructional materials and classroom prompts. This, again, would help teachers tailor learning to each individual student.

Udacity’s Chatbot Tutor Can Work With Thousands Of Students At Once

Udacity is another online course provider using OpenAI’s GPT-4 to create a virtual, on-demand AI tutor. As Udacity explains, one of the challenges of online learning is how to provide personalized guidance and support when people need it most – i.e., when they're in the flow of learning and working through tough problems. Udacity's virtual chatbot tutor meets this need by providing detailed explanations and guidance tailored to each individual learner. The virtual tutor can also be used to summarize concepts, provide deeper questions and alternative explanations on demand, and even translate learning materials into other languages.

The AI tutor can handle thousands of interactions at once, providing personalized feedback and answers to each learner. But Udacity says the chatbot tutor is a “real-time complement to our human mentors,” not a replacement for human mentors, who are a vital part of the Udacity learning process. That’s an important point to note: generative AI can help to enhance learning in a wide range of settings, but it will not eliminate the need for human teachers and mentors.

To sum up, generative AI is enabling online learning providers to deliver a better learning experience for students. In the future, we can expect more providers to introduce AI tools designed to deepen understanding, aid personalized learning, and make learning online more fun. It’s an exciting new era of smart virtual tutors.

Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr
Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr

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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity.

He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations.

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