Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Education

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that has gained considerable notoriety recently. The theory has gained a lot of attention as a result of recent statements made by a Google engineer that an AI bot may become sentient. Science fiction authors and film producers have been foreseeing the amazing (and occasionally disastrous) events that will result from the development of artificial intelligence for years. Monsters living inside your computers to the destruction of the world. Movies have portrayed AI in an extremely dramatic way. AI hasn’t yet become a significant issue or even a presence in our daily lives. AI has so far made straightforward and useful advancements. ranging from our car parking systems to the sophisticated sensors that support the operation of our phones. 

We must think about the uses of this technology while keeping all of this in mind. Many new technologies are being tested and used in the field of education. The Internet has opened the door for AI to enter this industry by making online learning and computer use essential for education across the globe. Artificial intelligence is prepared to make changes in this area, among others.

While robot teachers may not be a reality within the next ten years, there are already a number of projects in development that make use of artificial intelligence to improve the educational outcomes for both staff and students. Just a few applications of artificial intelligence in education are listed below:

  1. AI can automate basic activities in education, like grading.

Grading homework and exams for lengthy lecture courses in universities might be considered administrative labour. Teachers frequently find that grading consumes a large amount of time, even in elementary school. You may use this time to talk to students, get ready for class, or work on your professional development.

Even though artificial intelligence may never be able to completely replace human graders, it’s coming quite close. Nearly all types of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank tests can now be graded automatically by teachers, and automated grading of student writing might not be far behind. Currently, essay grading software is in its infancy and not nearly up to pace, but it may (and will) improve over the following years, allowing teachers to concentrate on other tasks.

  1. Educational software can be adapted to student needs.

One of the significant ways artificial intelligence will affect education, from elementary school to graduate school, is through the implementation of more individualised learning. Through the increasing use of adaptive learning software, games, and programmes, some of this is already taking place. These programmes adapt their lectures to the needs of each student and take into account their aptitudes. This is already being done at a very minimal level in GMAT/GRE testing as well as recruitment testing.

With teachers enabling the learning and providing assistance as needed, this type of custom-tailored education could be a machine-assisted answer to assisting students at various levels to work together in a classroom. The impact of adaptive learning on education has already been enormous, notably

  1. It can point out places where courses need to improve.

There may be omissions in teachers’ lectures and instructional materials that cause pupils to be perplexed about specific subjects. To address such issue, artificial intelligence provides a solution.

This kind of method helps ensure that all students are laying the same foundation by filling in the explanation gaps that can emerge in courses. Students receive quick feedback that helps them understand a subject and remember how to do it correctly the next time around rather than having to wait to hear from the lecturer.

  1. Students could get additional support from AI tutors.

Even though there are still undoubtedly benefits that human instructors can provide that robots cannot, the number of pupils who receive instruction from instructors who can only communicate in binary code may increase in the future. There are currently some artificial intelligence-based teaching tools that can guide students through fundamental math, writing, and other topics.

These programmes can teach students the fundamentals, but they’re not the best at teaching pupils higher-order thinking skills or creativity—skills that still need to be fostered by actual teachers in the real world. However, this shouldn’t exclude the prospect that AI tutors could someday be able to perform these tasks. Advanced tutoring systems might not be a pipe dream with the high pace of technology innovation that has distinguished the past few decades.

  1. AI-driven programs can give students and educators helpful feedback.

AI can not only help teachers and students to craft courses that are customised to their needs, but it can also provide feedback to both about the success of the course as a whole. Some schools, especially those with online offerings, are using AI systems to monitor student progress and to alert professors when there might be an issue with student performance.

These kinds of AI systems allow students to get the support they need and for professors to find areas where they can improve instruction for students who may struggle with the subject matter. AI programs at these schools aren’t just offering advice on individual courses, however. Some are working to develop systems that can help students to choose majors based on areas where they succeed and struggle. While students don’t have to take the advice, it could mark a brave new world of college major selection for future students.

  1. It is altering how we find and interact with information.

We rarely even notice the AI systems that affect the information we see and find on a daily basis. Google adapts results to users based on location, Amazon makes recommendations based on previous purchases, Siri adapts to your needs and commands, and nearly all web ads are geared toward your interests and shopping preferences.

These kinds of intelligent systems play a big role in how we interact with information in our personal and professional lives, and could just change how we find and use information in schools and academia as well. Over the past few decades, AI-based systems have already radically changed how we interact with information and with newer, more integrated technology, students in the future may have vastly different experiences doing research and looking up facts than the students of today.

  1. It could change the role of teachers.

There will always be a role for teachers in education, but what that role is and what it entails may change due to new technology in the form of intelligent computing systems. As we’ve already discussed, AI can take over tasks like grading, can help students improve learning, and may even be a substitute for real-world tutoring. Yet AI could be adapted to many other aspects of teaching as well. AI systems could be programmed to provide expertise, serving as a place for students to ask questions and find information or could even potentially take the place of teachers for very basic course materials. In most cases, however, AI will shift the role of the teacher to that of facilitator.

Teachers will supplement AI lessons, assist students who are struggling, and provide human interaction and hands-on experiences for students. In many ways, technology is already driving some of these changes in the classroom, especially in schools that are online or embrace the flipped classroom model.

  1. AI can make trial-and-error learning less intimidating.

Trial and error is a critical part of learning, but for many students, the idea of failing, or even not knowing the answer, is paralysing. Some simply don’t like being put on the spot in front of their peers or authority figures like a teacher. An intelligent computer system, designed to help students to learn, is a much less daunting way to deal with trial and error. Artificial intelligence could offer students a way to experiment and learn in a relatively judgement-free environment, especially when AI tutors can offer solutions for improvement. In fact, AI is the perfect format for supporting this kind of learning, as AI systems themselves often learn by a trial-and-error method.

  1. Data powered by AI can change how schools find, teach, and support students.

Smart data gathering, powered by intelligent computer systems, is already making changes to how colleges interact with prospective and current students. From recruiting to helping students choose the best courses, intelligent computer systems are helping make every part of the college experience more closely tailored to student needs and goals.

Data mining systems are already playing an integral role in today’s higher-ed landscape, but artificial intelligence could further alter higher education. Initiatives are already underway at some schools to offer students AI-guided training that can ease the transition between college and high school. Who knows but that the college selection process may end up a lot like Amazon or Netflix, with a system that recommends the best schools and programs for student interests.

  1. AI may change where students learn, who teaches them, and how they acquire basic skills.

While major changes may still be a few decades in the future, the reality is that artificial intelligence has the potential to radically change just about everything we take for granted about education.

Using AI systems, software, and support, students can learn from anywhere in the world at any time, and with these kinds of programs taking the place of certain types of classroom instruction, AI may just replace teachers in some instances (for better or worse). Educational programs powered by AI are already helping students to learn basic skills, but as these programs grow and as developers learn more, they will likely offer students a much wider range of services.

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