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Scientists develop algorithm to match pupils with tutors using AI

The full article here – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/09/08/tutor-future-scientists-develop-algorithm-match-pupils-tutors/

University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education has partnered with the online tutoring platform MyTutor to harness technology to create the “tutor of the future”. James Grant, the founder of MyTutor, said that building a “strong rapport” between a tutor and student is crucial for academic success. He said he believes that AI will be the future of tutoring, adding: “Tutoring is something that hasn’t really changed in so many years. If tutoring can cost less, be more convenient and better quality, then that has to be the future of tutoring.”

Professor Rose Luckin, from UCL’s Institute of Education, said: “One of the difficult problems is the matching of a student and a tutor.” “We are starting to develop a way of using artificial intelligence to automate the interview process and make sure the initial relationship has the potential to be successful.” Prof Luckin said she believes the use of artificial intelligence in education will become increasingly common in the coming years.

Clearing should offer a second chance – even for the most competitive courses

Medicine places are fiercely fought over. But at St George’s, we’re saving spots for students who missed their offer the first time around.

Philip Adds is an admissions tutor and reader in anatomy at St George’s, University of London

The full article can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/aug/25/clearing-should-offer-a-second-chance-even-for-the-most-competitive-courses

An extract below:

“The higher education market is changing. Fewer young people are applying to university and we are seeing more places available through clearing and adjustments. Even Russell Group universities and prestigious courses, such as medicine, are available this year.”

Jason Goodyear CEO of Qualifi Awarding Organisation concurs with Mr Philip Adds and Professor Luckin’s comments; the higher education market is indeed dramatically changing and will continue to do so at an increasingly rapid pace. With the advent and application of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality enabling 24/7/365 access to high quality content, e-tuition and online assessment; physical classrooms and tutors could be replaced by e-learning spaces, digitally rich resources such as 3D holograms and an e-tutor specifically chosen to match the individual learner needs. There a realisation among many learners that there is an alternative, cost effective and time efficient route to a University Degree or Masters such as Qualifi’s vocationally related qualifications.

Students as consumers are also increasingly seeking a means by which learning fits round their other commitments. The flexibilities that Qualifi qualifications presently provide, which will improve as the technologies referred to become increasingly embedded, will see students as purchasers of education become more discerning and savvy, especially given the high cost and debt associated with tuition fees and maintenance loans 3 year full-time university degree programmes.