Florida International University launches AI tutor

Florida International University (FIU) has announced the development of an AI-powered tutor for online students

The university has partnered with AI tech company Cognii Inc. to develop the Virtual Learning Assistant (VLA) for students enrolled in the online programme at FIU’s College of Business. 

The VLA tutor will engage in natural language conversation, and provide instant personalised feedback and assessments for students. The tutor can also automatically mark students’ short essay assessments, and use analytics to improve faculty members’ productivity. 

Personalised tutoring via the VLA will guide students, and ‘conversational’ AI technology will measure their knowledge, comprehension, and business application skills. 

David-John Palmer, associate director of educational technology at FIU Online, and professor of information systems management, said: “As we pursue FIU’s strategic plan to meet the 21st-century challenges in higher education and focus on helping students graduate in a timely fashion with minimal debt while preparing them for high-quality jobs, we believe edtech innovations such as Cognii virtual learning assistant will play a key role in improving our scale, efficiency and sustainability.” 

For more information about FIU’s College of Business, visit business.fiu.edu