Since the advent of the concept of education, the teaching methods and the disciplines have evolved greatly. Education has evolved from using textbooks and blackboards to tablets and projectors. Technological advancements have transformed the education industry for better outcomes. One such aspect of technology is artificial intelligence.
As artificial intelligence becomes an increasing part of people’s daily life, the education sector is catching up. Not only is the curricula changing but the education industry as a whole is being transformed. Increasingly, educational institutions have adapted these techniques that are helping humans learn better and achieve their learning goals.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been playing a major role in changing old trends in the education sector. AI is making education accessible worldwide, simplifying administrative tasks, customizing education, etc. It is making learning easy and fun for both teachers and the students. AI plays various roles in expanding the horizon of the education industry. Let’s have a look at some of these roles:
As of now, AI technology is used to grade multiple choice materials. Grading and checking homework and tests can be a tedious job. It takes up an immense amount of time for the teachers which can be utilized to interact with students. The time can be used to help students, solve their doubts, prepare for the next class, develop professional skills, etc. AI might not be able to replace human grading completely but it is pretty close.
Inclusion of Voice Assistants
Educational institutions are making use of voice assistants in classroom environments. These voice assistants are replacing student handbooks and hard-to-navigate websites. These are easy to use in non-educational environments like home, car, park, etc. too, provided that the person has the required device. These assistants help answer common questions about various things. It gives access to educational material without interacting with the teachers. It greatly reduces the internal support needed from the colleges or schools and also reduces the wasteful costs of handbooks, worksheets, etc. This makes learning much more exciting and interesting for the students.
Assisting in Organizational Tasks
In addition to teaching, it also helps the teachers to handle organizational tasks easily. Many non-educational duties like HR issues, managing classroom materials, responding to parents, managing field trips, deciding activities for students, etc. are handled through AI systems. It is very useful to manage the back office tasks, handle routine work, etc for the teachers. Educators spend almost half their time doing other tasks apart from teaching. AI lets teachers use this time in helping students in their issues, learn, or do some other important work.
Personalized Learning for Students
AI impacts education through the application of great levels of individualized learning. Some applications already provide adaptive learning programs, games, activities, etc. Students at different levels can learn the same topics in different ways. Personalized learning helps the students to understand the topic better and remember it too. All types of students get to work at the same level in the classroom. Students can learn the same topic numerous times on such platforms and learn at their own pace. For the slow learning students, these apps act as a support and let them cope up with their classmates outside school too.
Helps Improve Courses
At times, there could be a gap between the teaching approach of a teacher and the materials they use for tutelage. This gap is not always identified and understood by teachers. Such gaps can leave the students confused about concepts. There are some platforms that help students understand where their answers went wrong. In a case, where many students of the same class make a particular mistake, the application sends a message to the students with a hint of the right answer and also notifies the teacher about the mistake committed. AI ensures that all the students are on the same page when it comes to learning. Rather than students waiting for the teachers to correct their mistakes, these platforms give immediate response along with tips to improve.
The academic world is becoming more convenient and personalized, for both teachers and students, with the emergence of numerous applications of Artificial Intelligence in education. It has expanded the boundaries of learning, be it within or outside educational institutes. With time, many more enhancements of AI are expected to influence the education industry, while introducing numerous innovations for better outcomes.