Will we with machines create personalized education together?

Sure, online education can help scale higher ed. But when will it finally personalize it?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the promise of online education has always been broader than merely teaching more students at once. We’ve used like predictive. Adaptive. Personalized. But are we finally getting there?

MIT Sloan Professor Erik Brynjolfsson claims that machines are able to pick up on subtleties in micro-expressions on students’ faces that happen too fast for a live professor to even be able to pick up on, and therefore, this real-time analysis of a student’s emotions while learning can be a huge leap forward from the traditional classroom.

The takeaway? Being able to recognize a student is struggling is amazing. But then adapting curriculum to that student? While we’re quickly getting better, higher ed still has a long way to go to effectively scale this part of the promise. May we together with machines create this beautiful and personalized education future together.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.