Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats | Inside Higher Ed | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

"The study, called “Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities,” involved students taking introductory statistics courses at six (unnamed) public universities. A total of 605 students were randomly assigned to take the course in a “hybrid” format: they met in person with their instructors for one hour a week; otherwise, they worked through lessons and exercises using an artificially intelligent learning platform developed by learning scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative. Researchers compared these students against their peers in the traditional-format courses, for which students met with a live instructor for three hours per week"

"In terms of instructor compensation, the researchers estimated, a machine-guided course featuring weekly face-to-face sessions with part-time instructors would cost between 36 and 57 percent less than a traditional course.."