When we think of artificial intelligence, there is a hardwired imagery of gigantic thinking machines working in sci-fi environment. This imagery often comes from the science fiction that we have been watching or reading since childhood. However, deep diving suggests that artificial intelligence is an advanced form of algorithm that empowers machines to emulate human behaviour under real life situations. Today, there is no industry untouched by the ripples caused by artificial intelligence.
Artificial Intelligence is no longer just contained in science fiction films. It is a part of our everyday lives and in our classrooms. As we use tools like Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, we are just beginning to see the possibilities of AI in education. And, we should expect to see more. The Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2017-2021 report suggests that experts expect AI in education to grow by “47.50% during the period 2018-2022.”
AI and machine learning have the capabilities to pinpoint each student’s educational needs in a classroom. This task is much more challenging to do alone as a teacher and will be a much-appreciated help. Additionally, the student will benefit as well by having daily activities specially formulated to how they understand educational subjects and concepts.
In fact, this is one effect that is already being seen evidently. AI is already being used in order to teach students. There are so many ways in which machines are starting to play the same role that was once being played by humans and this includes tutors as well. Just like human tutors can do, intelligent tutoring systems are able to understand the style of learning preferred by students. They are also able to gauge the amount of knowledge that a student already has. All this data and analysis is being used to deliver instructions and support that is created specifically for that student.
Elevate the role of teachers as facilitators/motivators
Apart from the core teaching role, teachers often handle several mundane administrative responsibilities such as student attendance management. This reduces the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. However, artificial intelligence allows automation of these tasks so that teachers can play their real role- to be the motivator and guiding force for learners. This could lead to a significant rise in quality of education and reshape the future.
Adapting with a changing world:
AI helps people capture occurrences around the world as they happen, so students will be able to experience current events in real time. Whatever changes need to be incorporated into the syllabus also will be able to be made efficiently with constant updates.
Creating a global classroom
With AI it would be possible for schools to create global classrooms, as it were. From now on it would no longer matter as to where a student is. If she or he is unable to attend a class due to some reason or the other all she or he would need to do is visit a link, click on it, and the student can join the live classroom. Similarly, thanks to this technology it would also be possible for them to interact with their peers even if they were a thousand miles apart from each other.
Making education a lot more interesting than before
There are many ways in which AI can make education a lot more interesting. It can create the sort of immersive experience that you need in order to get students hooked on to their class and understand all that is being said. Things such as game technology and simulation are expected to play major roles in this regard. It can actually make education a lot more adaptive and intuitive. In fact, such technology can actually be used in order to encourage students to come together and develop knowledge themselves. This is something that you need so badly in this day and age of short attention span.
AI makes it a lot easy for teachers and school management to keep track of how well or poorly the students are performing. Such systems can be used to deal effectively with the vast volume of data and statistics that these schools and colleges normally have. They can use these to create definite reports that help them understand the progress being made by various students. The best part of all this is that such reports can be created as many times as needed. The quality of data can be enhanced as well.
Feedback on course quality.
AI can identify instruction gaps in the course content based on student performance on assessments. For example, if a significant percentage of students answer a question incorrectly, AI can zero in on the specific information or concepts that students are missing, so that educators can deliver targeted improvements in materials and methods.
It is not uncommon for educators has to fear how their role would be diminished by the use of technology such as leading school enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
It is true that when systems are changed en masse there are always some bad things that can happen. In some instances, there are actually logically justifiable reasons for such fears. However, at the same time, it would be absolutely foolish to ignore the improvements and possibilities that AI can offer in the domain of education. It is actually supposed to bring about a dramatic improvement in the overall educational experience with AI. In fact, as has been said already, when you have the right teacher using it AI can actually do wonders that traditional methods of education may not be able to do.