Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are the current hot assets of technology and disrupting almost all possible domains and sectors, including education. However, not many of us are aware that much of AI’s theoretical and technological underpinning dates back to nearly seven decades ago, thanks to scientists such as Alan Turing, Marvin Minsky, and John McCarthy. In simple terms, AI is a sequence of technologies that power machines to function with higher intelligence levels, almost emulating human capabilities.
As matter of fact, Artificial Intelligence has had a profound impact on the nature of services within the education sector.
Improve quality of education:
With respect to developing economies, the population’s education and literacy levels play a significant role in the overall transition to an advanced economy. Some of the current EdTech platforms like us are bringing AI and ML learning to the online education sector to help students as well as teachers and institutions to enhance the quality of education.
The empowerment of educational systems with AI has yielded better knowledge sharing. What’s important here is to leverage these methods to deliver a more improved education and teaching.
How to use AI in education:
For instance, AI should be leveraged to conduct assessments in the rightful and most effective manner as well as worthy evaluation of the same. To start with, educational institutions should make attempts to unlock the value trapped in vast volumes of data. The huge data bank enabled with AI can be used to create customised assessments for students across subjects and grades. And the same can be evaluated with equal ease on a smartphone or a laptop.
AI can further be leveraged here to generate specific insightful reports, focusing on the strength and areas of improvement for different students. A fair assessment should evaluate students on both their strengths and areas that need improvement. While the current assessment models focus on overall dexterity, AI can create a fairer and unbiased system to assess students.
Introduce AI tutors
Furthermore, the EdTech players can ensure additional support for students with AI tutors. As a matter of fact, some tutoring programmes based on artificial intelligence already exist and can help students through basic mathematics, writing, and other subjects. While they might not be ideal for high-order thinking and creativity, they certainly help in teaching students the fundamentals.
All of us have varying degrees and forms of intelligence, therefore, educators have often struggled to design a course that would resonate with everyone. Customizing education to meet the needs of different students with varied aptitude is a mammoth task, but the EdTechs can overcome this bottleneck efficiently with the help of AI, which can help teachers and students to craft courses that are customized to their needs and also provide feedback to both about the success of the course as a whole.
Some schools are nowadays resorting to EdTechs that use AI systems to monitor student progress. Also, it alerts teachers when there might be an issue with student performance.
The AI & ML can further advance the EdTech sector by letting it sift through cluttered content. AI can ensure multiple check points to evaluate content and enable excellent recommendations. The students can even get free learning resources. This type of system integrated in an EdTech platform helps fill the gaps in explanation that can occur in courses, thereby ensuring that all students are building the same conceptual foundation.
The most prominent EdTech players are now integrating AI and3 ML in their functioning. While we at Digital Aristotle were among the first movers in this regard, some other prominent names are Byju’s, Vedantu, and Kiddopia.
By Dev Roy, Founder, Digital Aristotle.
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