After the pandemic, AI tutoring tool could put students back on track

The coronavirus pandemic forced students and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in March to abruptly stop testing an adaptive learning software tool that uses artificial intelligence to expand tutors’ ability to deliver personalized education. But researchers said the tool could help students get back up to speed on their learning when in-person instruction resumes.

The software, which was being tested in the Pittsburgh Public School District before the coronavirus outbreak began closing universities, relies on AI to identify students’ learning successes and challenges, giving educators a clear picture of how to personalize their education plans, said Lee Branstetter, professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.