Developing a generative AI-driven study buddy
With their online learning platform, Acco bridges the gap between physical and digital education. Acco embraced the shift to GPT-integrated education, seeking to integrate the technology into their digital platform to enhance learning experiences for students.
Acco, a well-known retailer and publisher in the Belgian educational sector, collaborates closely with universities to provide study materials en publish courses. With their online learning platform, Sofia, Acco bridges the gap between physical and digital education.
When ChatGPT launched in November 2022, it set the educational world abuzz with diverse opinions. Some argued it would make students cut corners as they wouldn’t have to write assignments on their own; others argued students would have to embrace another type of learning which would make them more productive. Acco embraced the shift to GPT-integrated education, seeking to integrate the technology into their digital platform Sofia to enhance learning experiences for students.
Building a GPT-driven educational platform
Acco contacted us to explore the potential of artificial intelligence in education. During our deep dive into generative AI in our masterclass, Acco came up with several ideas to integrate the technology in their offering. We decided to create a proof of concept (POC), hosted on Microsoft Azure, that leverages GPT 4.0’s capabilities to enrich the educational content available on Sofia. The essence of this POC lays in its transformative approach to course material processing, characterized by several innovative attributes:
- Summarization: The main capability of the tool to summarize any course Acco offers with one click
- Customizable prompts: An interactive front-end allowing users to tailor the model’s output, catering to different learning styles and needs
- Multilingual capability: To serve Acco’s diverse user base, the POC supports multiple languages, breaking down language barriers in education
Special attention was given to designing a user interface in line with the Sofia brand guidelines, accommodating the diverse needs of students. Among testers, this tool has already proven to an adaptable study aid, saving them time and making the traditional study process more engaging.
Scaling and integration
Thanks to the success of the POC, Acco is now focusing on integrating this first version tool into Sofia on a larger scale. Overall, this successful example of generative AI in the field paves the way for a new era of innovative and accessible digital learning. This move is not just about keeping up with technological trends. It's about fundamentally changing how students learn, making education more adaptive, and preparing students for a future where AI is an integral part of many professions.