Technology can become the “wings” that will allow the educational world to fly faster than ever before—if we will allow it. – Jenny Ariedge
Artificial Intelligence is the field of computer science that is associated with the concept of machines “thinking like humans” to perform tasks such as learning, problem-solving, planning, reasoning, and identifying patterns.
AI technologies are now all around us, shaping every aspect of our lives and changing the world in the process. AI has had a huge share in the development of all the industries in recent years. Manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, finance, and e-commerce are just some of the industries taking advantage of AI systems.
In recent years educational institutions have realized the great potential that AI technology has and how it can empower both teachers and students, so they are now trying to catch up with the trends and join the AI movement.
Professionals in the educational sector agree that AI is essential for the future of learning and it will reshape the way we approach education. So let’s take a look at how AI will influence education in the years to come.
How AI Can Help in Changing The Education Industry?
Differentiated and personalized learning
- Adjusting learning based on an individual student’s particular needs has been a priority for educators for years, but that’s very difficult for teachers who have to manage 40 students in each class. AI will allow personalized learning for each student.
- Several companies are currently developing intelligent instruction design and digital platforms that use AI to provide learning, testing, and feedback to students from pre-K to college level that gives them the challenges they are ready to identify gaps in knowledge and redirects to new topics when appropriate.
- As AI gets more sophisticated, it might be possible for a machine to read the expression that passes on a student’s face that indicates they are struggling to grasp a subject and will modify a lesson to respond to that. The idea of customizing the curriculum for every student’s needs is not viable today, but it will be for AI-powered machines.
Simplifying Administrative Task
- Teachers have to handle tasks such as organizing educational material, evaluating assignments, grading exams, managing paperwork, communicating with the parents, HR and personnel-related issues, ordering and managing classroom materials, booking and managing field trips, etc.
- AI can make their job easier and help with many of the above-mentioned activities. Let’s take grading for example. Automated grading is a lifesaver for teachers when they have to go through thousands of tests.
- AI can take care of other tasks such as logistics issues, keeping the paperwork up to date, and providing feedback for students or serving as a communication channel for teacher-parent interactions.
- Furthermore, education administrators can benefit from integrating AI solutions into their activity. AI can help with a series of administrative duties from budget management to processing student application forms, procurement of materials, or HR management.
- The result will be higher administrative efficiency, lower costs, and a clear overall view of the institution.
HOW AI REDUCES TEACHERS WORKLOAD
Education without boundaries
- Education has no limits, and AI can help to eliminate boundaries. Technology brings drastic transitions by facilitating the learning of any course from anywhere across the globe and at any time.
- Some students can’t attend school in person or who, for various reasons, skipped school years. There’s also a growing interest in high-quality online courses for students of all ages.
- AI gives people the possibility to pursue their educational objectives, no matter where they are in the world. Those who want to further their education can forget about time and space restrictions, thanks to AI systems. They can learn anytime, anywhere, and adjust the learning process to their needs and environment.
Course creation and customized textbooks
- AI can do a lot more than providing support for courses. It can also be used as a tool for creating courses and bringing real-time improvements in the educational process.
- For example, when attending an online class, students will receive suggestions and assistance as they progress, according to their evolution and they will receive support each time they struggle to complete a task. Teachers will also be helped by receiving notifications when complicated issues arise, so they can offer further details and focus more on important aspects.
- AI is slowly changing the way we use textbooks. New technologies are making way for customized study guides that cater to students’ needs. Teachers will no longer waste their time going through manuals to extract the necessary information and put it in a form that makes it easier for students to understand and assimilate.
What AI means for teachers
- Since intelligent systems will handle so many tasks that were once performed by teachers, some people got the idea that the rise of AI technologies in education might reduce the value of teachers. But in reality, this is highly unlikely to happen.
- AI can drive efficiency, personalization, and streamline admin tasks to allow teachers the time and freedom to provide understanding and adaptability—uniquely human capabilities where machines would struggle. A more realistic scenario would be a future in which AI becomes a reliable assistant for teachers, helping them fulfill their responsibilities with higher efficiency.
- While AI can be of great help, students still need a teacher to connect with, someone that can guide and inspire them in a way that no machine ever will.
Artificial Intelligence can help us shape online learning and make it more engaging and effective. With the right use of the technology, you can improve lesson planning, implement better teaching styles, make your classes inclusive, and even flip the classrooms when needed.
A study published by e-School News indicates that by 2021, the application of AI in education and learning will be increased by 47.5%. It is expected that by 2024 upwards of 47% of learning management tools will be enabled by AI capabilities.
She is pursuing BBA from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women.
She is an enthusiastic learner and an ardent researcher.