Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras are working on two projects that use artificial intelligence and data analytics to improve learning outcomes for students.
They are analysing data from open-access learning portal NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) in order to reduce dropouts and improve understanding.
NPTEL is a platform where teachers from the IITs put up videos on subjects generally related to engineering and science.
Students can view them and get certifications for the courses they complete, at a nominal fee of Rs 1,000. In fact, engineering colleges have been mandated by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), the apex body for technical education in India, to cover 15-20% of their undergraduate syllabus through NPTEL
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