In a new era of education, distance learning has taken center stage and education apps have become the norm for students. In fact, weekly education app downloads skyrocketed 90 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the last quarter of 2019, according to App Annie. And it’s not just young people — folks of all ages are turning to learning apps to better themselves in the new year.
Virtual education, however, poses a unique set of challenges that include complicated technology and a lack of self-motivation. Issues like these can be resolved by integrating voice assistant technology into education apps. An AI virtual tutor can also enrich education apps by creating a conversational experience for users that provides a broader approach to learning.
As students continue their curriculums on mobile apps during the ongoing pandemic, they face four major obstacles. Thankfully, virtual voice assistants can easily address these common problems with voice recognition technology.
First, app users face increased distractions and decreased focus at home, often lacking the self-motivation they need to succeed. Virtual tutors can provide consistent vocal encouragement that approaches face-to-face instruction. They can also identify problem areas for each student and create tailored practice sessions and recommend one-on-one tutoring.
Second, education apps may not have the formal structure and lesson planning that many people rely on while studying. Voice-enabled assistants can provide direction such as verbal reminders of assignment due dates and scheduled study sessions and breaks.
Third, users must navigate sometimes complicated or unfamiliar technology while using new apps, which can be a significant barrier to learning. By conversing casually with an AI assistant, they can have a more simple and natural app experience.
Finally, some students may feel isolated in a virtual classroom, which is compounded by continued social distancing measures. Fortunately, they can interact safely with a virtual assistant as they study from home.
Enriching Education Apps
In a traditional classroom setting, students learn largely through listening to their teachers and interacting with other students. However, as the pandemic continues and education apps rise in popularity, people lose the conversational aspect of studying. Voice assistants like Alan® can offer a more comprehensive approach to education by incorporating auditory and interpersonal learning into apps. These virtual study buddies are just what students need to stay focused on as they navigate virtual classrooms.
Voice technology elevates learning apps by combating common distance learning issues and expanding the virtual learning experience. Giving a voice to education apps can make all the difference in the world for students in 2021 and for years to come.