Feb 06, 2018
What’s the story? Quizlet, a major study tool used by more than 30 million U.S. students each month, has raised more than $20 million in venture capital to move beyond offering digital flashcards, and into more “machine learning and data science”-driven learning tools, giving students more specifically tailored content for their learning needs.
Quizlet’s major AI initiative is Quizlet Learn, its software app that allows students to set a study plan for a specific subject, say a big math exam, by plugging in a deadline date for knowing the material. The study plan then adapts to students’ needs over the course of study. The AI program runs through up to 2 billion study sessions previously completed by users to calculate what a student needs to learn to master their material by the deadline date.
Are the AI programs out to replace us? No. Tutors and other educators aren’t going anywhere tomorrow (or ever), if students are going to truly benefit from EdTech’s learning solutions.
The bottom line for tutors… Quizlet Learn and other AI-driven programs like it are convenient tools not only for students, but for educators, too. These new digital aids promise to free up time for tutors to focus more on actual instruction and targeted remedial lessons, and draw on an expanding wealth of resources for educational material and test prep questions.