Advantages of Artificial Intelligence on Education: Can Lead to a New Future!

By : |February 12, 2019 0

The current era is deeply affected by technology and AI has a huge role in almost every sector and is going to impact deeply on education as well. New AI-based technologies are going to push toward a positive evolution of our society.

We can already see effects of implementing AI in manufacturing and healthcare. Surely Artificial Intelligence will change the education sector positively and benefit both teachers and students.

Advantages of Artificial Intelligence on Education

Monitor and analyse the continuous progress in real-time

According to Sanjay Bahl, CEO and MD, Centum Learning, “AI in education is already here and exceedingly making strides in the way students and teachers are gaining and sharing knowledge. I believe the teacher-student relationship is very sacrosanct to the education institution, and hence AI cannot and should not replace this. Instead, a blended approach, that brings forward the best of technology(AI) and human touch should be the way forward. Here, AI will play a crucial part in this education system, especially in the area of preparing customized learning paths which are then aided by the teachers. These paths will be according to the student’s competencies and, or areas of improvement.

                                 

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Teachers too would be able to monitor and analyse the continuous progress in real-time, based on student’s progress, without the need to wait for Unit/Annual exams. AI will also be able to send recommendations to teachers, as to which specific chapter needs to be reemphasised or retaught, in case its smart analytics engine concludes that majority of students did not contemplate or master certain key areas of a concept, or missed important questions. This is going to help the entire institution of education to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness without burdening the teachers or students. It is just not in the education space, rather the same is applicable in the corporate training space as well, where both the employees/learners and the trainers get benefited by utilizing AI.”

Saving teacher’s time

Beas Dev Ralhan, Co-founder, and CEO, Next Education India Pvt Ltd. talks about AI-based tools and devices – It is essential to demystify the buzzword Artificial Intelligence before elucidating its scope and potential in the K-12 education sector. Machine learning involves the ability of technology to interpret data with enough adaptation to achieve goal-based outcomes.

Often, it’s ability to demonstrate human-like skills, such as the capacity to learn, think critically and solve problems, puts humans at unease. Apprehensions that AI-enabled machines will take over teachers and their jobs are, however, absolutely unfounded. In fact, AI can do away with teachers’ repetitive tasks, easing their burden. To put it more concisely, use of Artificial Intelligence in the education sector, like in other sectors, can help bring in efficiency and effectiveness in workflow, output and outcomes.

An AI-powered grammar and pronunciation tool, for instance, can hone learners’ English language skills. Presently, a teacher spends hours correcting similar grammatical errors for all the students in a class. And often, they just point out the error without providing a detailed explanation of it. An AI-powered software, on the other hand, points out the mistakes, provides an explanation of it and also provides instances of correct usage.

Further, we can also consider using AI-powered devices in classrooms to assist teachers. AI-based devices can be designed to save a teacher’s time by doing some of the routine tasks of a teacher, such as taking attendance, presenting study material on connected display screens as per the instructional schedule and helping teachers navigate through the displayed content with ease.

We at Next Education have developed Computerised Tests (CAT) that can gauge each student’s understanding of a concept individually and accurately in the shortest period possible. This is a much more learner-centric and personalised process of evaluation as compared to fixed form tests, which with the same set of questions for all examinees do not have the ability to adjust to individual achievement levels.

AI apps can assist the teaching-learning processes at a much lower cost and faster pace as compared to human mediators.

Ability to improve weaknesses

Artificial intelligence is becoming a part of our daily reality, so we should anticipate that it will make changes in the realm of education. Apart from teaching, teachers perform multiple tasks. Grading students being one of them. With artificial intelligence, teachers will be required to do less grading themselves. As artificial intelligence develops, it is likely to be able to grade most assignments, said Arush Sogani, Director, Sysnet Global Technologies.

Students are benefited by gathering information about an individual, by an AI system. This will be helpful in measuring individual strengths and weaknesses and recommending solutions.

Probably one of the most revolutionary parts of AI in education will be its ability to improve weaknesses in the classroom. Rather than having to wait for the results of exams to see how students are doing, AI will allow teachers to see how students are learning throughout the lessons. Teachers will be able to monitor progress easier and more regularly. Also, AI will recognize when a lesson needs to be retaught, such as when a majority of students do not master a certain skill or miss a type of question.

Artificial intelligence and education will go hand-in-hand in the future, and it will create more opportunities for success for both teachers and students.

More personalized learning experience

According to Zairus Master, CEO, Shine Learning, “AI-driven technologies, such as data analytics and machine learning, are already creating major disruptions in the education segment. Top online learning platforms are using these cutting-edge technologies to gauge each user on their skillsets, capabilities, and interests before making the most contextual course recommendations. This tech-led intervention enables online learning platforms to act as guides and advisors to a candidate’s upskilling/reskilling journey and helps job seekers accelerate their career growth and access much better professional opportunities by gaining relevant, in-demand skills.

This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. AI and related technologies can play an even bigger role in both traditional and non-traditional learning environments. In my opinion, AI’s biggest impact will be in delivering a more personalized learning experience based on the individual learning speeds and needs of different students. This is something that even the best of educators often find challenging at present. I foresee AI addressing this challenge. AI-led technologies might also find application in coursework curation, helping educators gauge the demand for various topics from their learners and devising the most appropriate curriculum to suit their requirements.”

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