How AI Can Support the New (and Old) Way of Learning


  • How AI Can Support the New (and Old) Way of Learning

When COVID-19 made its presence know in early 2020, everything ground to a halt – including school. A whopping 1.6 billion children in 191 countries were out of the classroom for the remainder of their school year, with parents trying desperately to help them learn at home. Meanwhile, education institutions, private schools and teachers around the world have been scrambling to map out a strategy for bringing kids back to school in the fall. Those strategies are now in place and kids are going back.

The development of the new back-to-school strategy has created the need to adopt technology that will support remote learning. And while many schools hope to see their students back in the classroom, the reality is often a hybrid model of learning, with some of it done remotely, or a full remote learning schedule. Fortunately, the technology exists to make this remote learning journey a smooth one.

RPA to the Rescue

AI In Education & Private School Learning Environments Not long ago, it was thought that the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the classroom would lag far behind that of other industries. However, the need for remote learning that COVID-19 has created is shining new light on the need for AI technology to support learning.

Fortunately, AI, along with the Internet of Things (IoT), has advanced enough to become a powerful tool for education systems, the teachers they employ, and the students they educate. Simply put, AI can benefit the teachers and the students in many ways.

Teacher Benefits

AI can help teachers, whether they are teaching in the classroom or remotely. According to McKinsey, teachers work 50 hours a week and only 49% of that time is spent interacting with students. In addition, 20%-40% of those hours are spent on tasks that could easily be automated with the technology that currently exists. That is time teachers could be using to
improve the student experience and provide them with higher quality teaching.

Tasks that can be automated include administration, preparation, and student evaluation and activities that directly support student learning. This would benefit students whether they are learning in the classroom or online.

Student Benefits

The use of AI and chatbot technology can bring immense benefit to students, either in the classroom or remotely. This technology makes it possible for teachers to personalize the learning of every child they teach. This tailored learning approach will take into account personalities, learning disabilities, learning styles, and interests to create a unique and rewarding experience each and every student.

AI can also act as a teaching assistant, with chatbots available 24/7 to answer student questions as they arise. This means a child doing work at 8:00 pm can ask a question if they get stuck on a problem and receive an immediate answer.

Student safety is also a major issue when it comes to going back to the physical classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. AI can be used along with IoT to connect devices with cameras and sensors to gather data in real-time and detect unsafe situations as they unfold. Alerts can be sent to teachers and staff, who are not able to monitor every child at every moment,
allowing them to respond and ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Ultimately, the technology that is available to education administrations can support teachers and students in ways that can help them maximize their time, improve outcomes, and increase safety. With student needs growing more complex and no way of knowing how long this current pandemic will last, the time to adopt AI in the classroom, whether physical or virtual, is now.

Learn more about Tangentia’s TIA (Intelligent Automation) Education platform and discover how to the harness the power of AI to streamline processes, support students and enable
learning.

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Tangentia is a Platinum Partner of IBM and well as partners with Automation Anywhere, UI Path, Blue Prism, Adobe, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon and leading enterprise software vendors. We work with customers globally with offices in Canada and India to implement their RPA strategies using an agile methodology.
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AI Powered Chatbots in Higher Education | A Positive Impact for Students and Administrations


  • AI Powered Chatbots in Higher Education
    A Positive Impact for Students and Administrations

Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking the world by storm. The global intelligent virtual assistant (VA) market is set to reach more than $25 billion by 2025. In day-to-day life people interact with AI for shopping, banking, and smart home devices. In business, chatbots have made customer communications more efficient and a VA can help people organize their schedules and more quickly connect with the information they need to do their job better.

A VA is an AI technology that is also useful in the realm of higher education. In this setting, the VA can transform the university and college experience by helping students access the information they need when they need it. It can also help universities manage the inquiries and communications they receive from students and the general public.

How Students Can Use AI Powered Chatbots

AI Powered Chatbots make it possible for each student to individualize their on-campus experience and education. From asking questions regarding registration to finding out where the nearest campus coffee shop is to getting help with their work, an AI Chatbot is there to help students. There are many ways that students can enhance their college experience with an AI Chatbot such as:

  • Act like a teacher’s assistant, with 24/7 availability to answer student questions and complete tasks more quickly than a human assistant
  • Provide individualized teaching methods to help students learn better and more efficiently
  • Help international students with application and administration support using multi-language capabilities.
  • Provide students with reminders, on-campus information, help connecting with tutors, and answers to questions about facilities and life on-campus
  • Connect students with the on-campus support and processes they need to ensure their success and post-secondary education transition is as seamless as possible

AI Chatbot technology is advancing quickly, improving its capacity to provide more intuitive guidance for each student based on their individual needs.

How AI Powered Chatbots Can Help Universities

Universities have a limited staff that needs to service a very large student body. If enrollment grows, hiring more staff can be costly. With the use of a AI Chatbots, a university can easily and efficiently service a large student body by deploying an AI Chatbot to:

  • Answer standard student questions
  • Provide information to students quickly
  • Flag more complex questions or problems for staff to take care of
  • Free up staff to have more one-on-one time to help students where they need it most
  • Act as a teacher’s assistant for online and virtual learning environments
Introducing TIA – Tangentia’s Intelligent Automation Chatbot powered by IBM Watson

TIA can be built, trained, and deployed to provide individualized conversations via any application, device, or channel. It has the capability to:

  • Learn from minimal data
  • Process unstructured data
  • Handle massive amounts of data
  • Act as a decision support system for students
  • Be deployed on the public cloud and on-premises networks
  • Recommend improvements to the system
  • Rely on people or its own search engine as fallback

These capabilities provide higher education institutions with the means to offer the following services:

Language:

  • Assistant
  • Document Conversion
  • Natural Language Classifier
  • Natural Language Understanding
  • Tone Analyzer
  • Retrieve and Rank
  • Personality Insights
  • Speech:
    • Speech to Text
    • Text to Speech

Vision:

  • Visual Recognition

Data insights:

  • Discovery
  • Knowledge Studio
  • Discovery News

As an example of the use of TIA, an IBM Powered Watson Chatbot, a Canadian University was looking for a chatbot digital assistant that would allow the Office of the Registrar to improve their response time to student inquiries, particularly with online inquiries via email and direct chat services. With more than 80,000 emails, 71,000 phone calls, and 37,000 in-person inquiries, staff was frequently overwhelmed and working overtime to keep up.

Tangentia was chosen as the service provider and to demo their TIA Chatbot to the University. We trained the chatbot to help students and website visitors find the information they needed quickly and easily. In addition, we were able to provide smart integration with the University’s website and include live agent integration. Not only that, but we worked closely with the IBM Watson AI team and had a working chatbot demo built within five days!

Contact Tangentia today for more information and to schedule a POC on the IBM Watson Virtual Assistant and TIA.

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Tangentia is a Platinum Partner of IBM and well as partners with Automation Anywhere, UI Path, Blue Prism, Adobe, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon and leading enterprise software vendors. We work with customers globally with offices in Canada and India to implement their RPA strategies using an agile methodology.
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