Can artificial intelligence point out employee weaknesses, training needs?

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Here’s the conundrum with corporate online learning: there are so many classes available from sites like Coursera, edX, and Udacity that companies don’t know what content to offer their employees. And once companies do choose a learning program, it’s tough for them to figure out what skills their employees pick up and to what degree they’ve mastered them.

A new AI-powered tool developed by Coursera aims to be that metric. The feature, which the Bay Area startup announced [August 7], lets companies that subscribe to its training programs see which of their employees are earning top scores in Coursera classes; how their employees’ skills measure up to their competitors’; and what courses would help fill any knowledge gaps

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The new feature is just one example of the ways online-learning providers are using AI to match learners with courses, assess their ability, and tweak class content in response to feedback. Coursera has a data-science team that does everything from “collecting and storing data in a warehouse to interpreting information for making internal decisions to building algorithms that feed back into the site,” according to Emily Glassberg Sands, who leads the group.

By addressing some of the most pernicious challenges in online learning, these AI features could inspire more people—and companies—to sign up for such training.

Read full, original post: AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

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