t is no secret that technology has permeated across industries, markets and our personal lives. The education sector is not a stranger to the far-reaching impact of the same. Today, education is not just about textbook reading or rote memorization, the new reforms, in shape of AI, ML, data science are revolutionizing education from the way we know it. The government proclamations bolster the momentum of the building supporting infrastructure and rapid adoption of cutting-edge tech in the education sector have spearheaded the growth of the EdTech market globally.
AI has been hailed as the harbinger of total reform in the EdTech sector. It is overhauling what a traditional classroom can do and is changing the way information is consumed by students these days. AI is the study and effort to program computers with the help of algorithms to identify patterns in data and to automatically improve user experience without human interference. It is like teaching computers to think for themselves, the more data we contribute towards AI, the more adept the algorithms become, thus resulting in intelligent output. Let’s review how Artificial Intelligence will help students to enjoy the process of learning and make it a stress-free experience.
Personalized learning: Every student is unique, and therefore, has unique needs. Tending to the demands of different students at once isn’t a task a human being can easily accomplish. AI plays a critical role in serving the exclusive demands of a student.
AI constantly consumes data on what the student is doing and how they are performing by mapping their movements on the platform.
Such data is then used to generate a personalized learning module for every student in particular. With the help of AI and ML, any e-learning platform is able to offer the students subjects, concept notes, supplementary lessons, quizzes, and feedback reports depending on the needs of the student. Through constant support with a tailored learning environment, a student is able to make the most of their course. The technology also identifies how quickly a student is able to grasp a concept and accordingly decided the next course of action.
Feedback and Predictive analysis: Apart from providing a personalized learning experience, AI also analyzes the performance of the student. AI acquires data by first surveying the learning trajectory of a student or an individual. Once the data is procured, it’s analyzed using advanced analytics to generate insights, such as the strengths of the student, what are the concepts s/he is not able to understand, what are the points that be capitalized to complete a course with maximum efficiency.
Grading submissions: In a traditional classroom, the teachers are burdened with grading and the number of papers put them under a lot of pressure. But by incorporating machine learning into the system, a large portion of the pie can be scrutinized using computers. AI can also be used to detect any forms of cheating, such as plagiarizing content. Any copied content will be easily detected which can otherwise go undetected by a teacher. AI will provide a platform to promote unbiased grading as an algorithm only performs what its asked of without any prejudices, thus, putting all students on the same pedestal.
Virtual Assistance: AI is being utilized now to feature Chatbots on learning platforms that provide prompt responses to queries posted by students or guests on a platform. The more the machine interacts with a person, the more it learns and subsequently streamlines its databases of responses to give apt solutions.
Streamlining administrative processes: AI helps in turning tedious and redundant processes such as the creation of profiles, which requires constant updating and consolidating information of students, easy. Other processes are also taken off the backs of teachers such as compiling class assignments and marking the attendance. Another understated potential is regular updates to its online community. Students and alumni can be kept up to date with a daily feed framework that sends out the latest information on the sector, jobs, changes in curriculum, exams, etc.
Undoubtedly, artificial intelligence is here to stay and will open avenues to more pioneering methods for imparting knowledge. Technology will not replace a teacher’s touch but learning will become relational for us all as we will be relying heavily on machine learning and their like to feed us with the information required to make informed decisions and recommendations.
(The writer is Mr Randhir Kumar, Founder and Chief Mentor, BasicFirst Learning OPC Pvt. Ltd)