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How to transform higher education with AI

25 Oct, 2021





Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a major influence on higher education today. It can uproot century-long learning models, pave new routes to a degree, and redefine the idea of a perfect tutor.


Today, millennials and adult learners seek alternatives to full-time, on-campus higher education and often opt for blended and fully online programs. The opportunities for technological disruptions are so vast that Microsoft commissioned a new IDC Survey on AI Higher Education to understand where to focus its innovation efforts. The results showed that 99.4% of educators support the AI education trend, with 15% calling it a “game-changer.” Still, only 54% of institutions have developed a formal AI implementation strategy.


This article explores how AI can enable Active and Adaptive Learning online and transform higher education.

Active Learning

Active Learning is a learning method that requires students to do things besides passively listening. This highly-engaging technique entered the classrooms back in the 90s and has produced increased student attendance, higher engagement, and more than 2x greater learning compared to a traditional lecture.

“Active Learning produces more than 2x greater learning compared to a traditional lecture”

When online learning first captured global attention in 2012, higher education braced itself for a disruptive transformation. Yet, a joint study by Harvard University and MIT reveals that the top LMS and MOOCs have failed to engage their students. Their course completion rate has not improved in the last nine years and is floating around 10%. Alemira delivers AI-driven Active Learning software that can increase learning by 18% and boost course completion rate by 55%. Three elements render Alemira’s approach transformative, namely:

Active Content

Alemira enables instructors to create and stream interactive learning materials, specifically designed for virtual use. Unlike digitized passive content, Active Content is hands-on and lets students experiment with the new material.

Active Practice

Alemira develops specialized AI algorithms to enable guided deliberate practice online. The latest Carnegie-Mellon University study suggests that guided discovery helps learners achieve 4x greater understanding of the scientific principles compared to hands-on activity alone. What’s more, the combination of guided discovery and hands-on activity leads to more than 10x better understanding of the skills involved in the activity.

“The combination of guided discovery and hands-on activity leads to more than 10x better understanding of the skills involved in the activity.”

Active Improvement

Alemira implements AI agents to simulate the acquisition of knowledge and skills by a human learner. This technology enables instructors to fast-forward to course results even before students finish the course and locate areas for improvement.

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive Learning is a learning method that meets the specific learning needs of each student. The more students there are in the course, the less feasible it becomes for instructors to adjust the learning material and practices to each learner.
Alemira delivers AI-based software that automatically creates individual educational paths to help users learn most efficiently. Our platform collects and analyzes data in real-time to sync the content with the learner’s needs.
Using an AI-based education system not only provides a better learning experience but results in considerable savings, too. Both higher education institutions and businesses can scale their courses in a click and train an unlimited number of students, partners, or employees.

Conclusion

AI-powered education solutions like Alemira automatically match specific learning methods and knowledge blocks with users. Each learner can access a personalized knowledge map and reach their learning goals quickly and effectively.
Alemira offers consulting, deployment, and integration services for academic and corporate clients, looking to upgrade their learning and development capabilities through AI. Contact us to find out how you can stay ahead in the global sprint towards AI.

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