Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Education

Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Education
Although you may not realize it, artificial intelligence (AI) is a part of our everyday lives.
We use AI technology all of the time, from the sensors on our smartphones allowing us to take awesome photos, to personal assistants such as Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. In a similar way, artificial intelligence has made its way into education, and dramatically changing the traditional teaching methods.

Thanks to AI, academic study is more personalized and convenient than ever before. People can now access a higher education online and even through smartphones. Today’s students don’t necessarily need to go to class in a physical classroom as long as they have a computer and an internet connection. AI has also allowed the automation of many administrative tasks, allowing educators to spend more time with their students.

 Let’s discuss the important changes AI has brought to education. To further educate yourself about AI in general, this awesome list of the best books on artificial intelligence in 2020 is very helpful.

• Smart Content

AI technology can create a virtual classroom through platforms like video conferencing and video lectures. A student can browse an online curriculum to find the exact information they need to truly understand the subject matter. These new technologies could be all that’s necessary to ensure that every student can attain academic success. 

Textbooks are also being reshaped by AI; traditional textbooks can be digitized, and presented to students in the form of eBooks. AI can also be used to make textbooks easier to navigate and more comprehensible, by summarizing chapters, creating flashcards, and devising tests. Educators can also use AI software to create an electronic curriculum that can be used across a variety of devices. 

• Personalized Learning

Personalized learning gives a degree of control to students, allowing them to have input as to how they progress on their studies. The same technology that can personalize video recommendations on YouTube or suggest products on Amazon is also being used in education. Personalized learning takes into account personal preferences and learning styles, and AI makes this possible. Machine learning algorithms can predict a student’s outcome, and then provide specific educational content based on the student’s past performance and personal goals.

While the traditional education system caters to the middle of the Bell curve, that doesn’t really serve every pupil’s needs. A personalized curriculum can be designed to suit each individual student at the learning level they’re at. AI can not only customize in-class assignments, but also final exams, ensuring that every student receives the best possible education.

• Global Learning 

Thanks to the internet, education has no borders. Students today can use technology to participate in any course from anywhere in the world, at any time of the day. Someone in a rural community can easily “go to school” at a major university via the internet. Students can also cross international borders online, and attend virtual classes in another country. With the help of AI, a curriculum can even be translated from one language to another, breaking down the language barrier to learning.

There is already a wide range of global educational opportunities available online with much more to come. The ability to get a college education across international borders will eventually become common.

• Simplify Administrative Tasks

Artificial intelligence can automate administrative tasks such as grading homework and scoring tests. That means educators can spend more time with their students as well as come up with a more innovative curriculum. AI can also be used by the school administration to process paperwork. The ability of artificial intelligence to automate mundane paperwork tasks in nearly endless.

• AI Paves the Way for New Ways of Learning

Up until recently, learning has been a field dominated by person-to-person interaction. While AI has yet to develop a desirable level of the human qualities of receptivity, understanding, and versatility, the technology has proven useful.

The fact is, there are a lot of areas where AI’s intrinsic strengths can help fill in the gaps when it comes to both teaching and learning. For example, the ability of AI to analyze huge amounts of data in real-time is incredible. Artificial intelligence can automatically give students new content to help meet the student’s need for targeted material as well as feedback.

Artificial intelligence can also pinpoint a student’s weaknesses, freeing educators to better understand the student’s performance, and devise a more personalized and effective learning plan. While AI has made significant advancements in education, there is no fear that human teachers can or will ever be replaced. As AI advances, it’s more likely that it will provide support to educators rather than supplanting them.
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