AI chatbots to watch videos for students to help them revise for exams – The Telegraph

Education publisher Pearson to roll out chatbots trained on textbooks and other AI tools
Students will be offered artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots to help them revise for exams as education publisher Pearson steps up its use of the new technology.
The London-listed company has launched a new generative AI tool in its Pearson+ app that allows users to automatically summarise the content of videos into bullet points.
It will also roll out chatbots trained on its textbooks to provide real-time support for students struggling with difficult subjects.
The new software will launch this autumn in time for the back-to-school period, with further features expected to be added next year.
Andy Bird, chief executive of Pearson, said he saw generative AI as a “net positive” for the education group, but insisted it was working to tackle the risks.
He said: “As has been noted many times, generative AI is a phenomenal creation but it does come with a health warning around hallucinations.
“As we have dug deeper into the challenges of maintaining accuracy, it turns out surprise surprise that doing this well is really hard, and so we’re focused and very thoughtful on doing things appropriately that are going to benefit both students and faculty.”
The new resources come amid increasing debate over how AI should be used in education.
Earlier this year, UK exam boards issued guidance for schools stating that students should only be allowed to use AI for tests that permit use of the internet, adding they must appropriately reference where they have used the technology.
Many universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have taken a more hardline approach, banning the use of chatbots due to plagiarism fears.
Pearson, which was founded more than 180 years ago, has attempted to transform itself from a publisher of school textbooks into an online learning platform, launching its student subscription app Pearson+ in 2021.
It also owns the Edexcel exam board and awards GCSEs, A-Levels and BTECs, but has put increasing focus on workplace skills and professional qualifications in recent years.
The company posted a sharp rise in profits for the first half of the year as it was boosted by strong demand for English language learning and its cost-cutting measures.
Operating profit jumped 44pc to £250m, including around £60m from its previously-announced cost-saving programme.
Pearson enjoyed strong growth in its English language learning and tests division, with test volumes up by three-quarters in the first half of the year. There was also stronger demand for assessments and qualifications, particularly in the IT and healthcare sectors.
Overall, Pearson’s sales rose 5pc to £1.9bn. The company maintained its outlook for full-year revenue and profit.
Mr Bird added: “We have continued to execute well operationally and maintained a sharp focus on delivering efficiencies whilst positioning our portfolio for long-term growth.
“The progress we are making to accelerate our digital journey, increase interconnectivity and leverage our long-standing AI capabilities will enable us to serve an ever-greater number of individuals and enterprises with our trusted, proprietary learning content.”