Education is one of the fields where intelligent programs can make a big difference.
The last few years have witnessed the emergence of several new and powerful technologies. Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Blockchain, etc. are some of the most popular ones. The application of these technologies has resulted in innovations that are changing our lives in every possible way. Even social networking platforms such as Facebook are rife with details on products, tools, and methods that use these technologies and the revolution they are creating in the society. Machine learning or AI, in particular, has gathered a lot of focus as this technology has a huge potential to transform our everyday tasks.
(A caveat here: though a section of people is coming to view machine learning / AI in a ‘Terminator’-type way, the truth is actually quite the opposite. Also, this article is taking machine learning and AI to mean intelligent self-correcting and optimising programs and so the words are used interchangeably)
Education is one of the fields where intelligent programs can make a big difference. Many countries including India are still following traditional teaching methods. With the adoption of educational methods that use these technologies, the learning processes can be reshaped beyond our imagination.
Integrating AI in the processes and methods used in the education system can redefine the areas of focus so that the value created out of the system is much more. Below are some areas where these intelligent softwares can be used:
Keeping manual records of students and their performance is not only time-consuming and tedious but needs regular maintenance as well. By adopting AI, schools, colleges and universities can keep a track of students and their progress. With the help of AI learning analytics, educators will have a better opportunity to analyse the data in-depth to provide requisite suggestions and guidance to students. This approach can radically help the educators to identify certain areas wherein their students are struggling and lagging behind. They can prepare a suitable study plan accordingly. Teachers can also use customised ERP software solutions for easy record details as well.
One-size-fits-all is a traditional teaching technique used across the world. However, it is not an ideal method of teaching since every student is unique and has a different pace of learning. Machine learning or AI can help educators prioritise and customise learning as per each individual’s need. They can use intelligent algorithms to determine the areas where they need to focus more to better and enhance teaching.
Textbooks and other pre-defined learning materials are usually printed in countless numbers. On the other hand, AI is going beyond the traditional boundaries by customising learning materials as per the precise learning needs of a student and course. With these systems, custom textbooks and study materials can be created by evaluating the course, syllabus, etc. provided by the institution.
It is a bitter truth that our traditional education system is less engaging and boring because there is a mismatch between what and how students are taught and what they are taking from it. AI can contribute to making learning sessions more engaging and interactive by enabling e-learning. Integration of this technology can help students learn better and deeper by sparking curiosity. Many school mobile apps work on similar lines.
From school to universities, the grading process is the most important part of the education system. Educators spend a lot of time and efforts in this process. This tedious and complex task can be automated significantly using AI. This will leave teachers with more quality time to interact with students.
Despite its unmatched and uncountable benefits, a software cannot eliminate the role of a teacher in the classrooms. AI can be utilised as an assistant by educators to make their jobs easier and better. As more and more education institutions integrate this advanced technology into their processes, the future of this sector looks brighter.
As the hold on the technology grows, a software development company with strong expertise in AI can either provide a product or custom develop software that integrates AI in the education system.