Harvard University’s CS50 Online Course Will Add AI Teacher Assistants

IBL News | New York

The edX.org’s CS50 course, taught by Harvard University’s Professor David J. Malan, will use virtual TAs to grade assignments, teach and provide feedback on coding, and personalize learning tips.

In terms of pedagogy, this AI assistant will ask rhetorical questions and offer suggestions rather than simply catch errors and fix coding bugs.

“Providing support tailored to students’ specific questions has been a challenge at scale, with so many more students online than teachers,” said Malan to Fortune Magazine. “AI is just hugely enabling in education.” 

CS50 (Computer Science 50) was originally an introductory class on computing but has now evolved into multiple classes with 4.7 million people enrolled, 1.4 million YouTube subscribers, and branded merchandise.