ProjectBlog: AI IN EDUCATION: 5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence is the Way to Go in Education

Blog: AI IN EDUCATION: 5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence is the Way to Go in Education

Blogs > AI IN EDUCATION: 5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence is the Way to Go in Education

Think of the days you were in school — a phase of learning, playing and growing that remains etched in our minds for the rest of our lives. While one’s formal education often typically gets completed during one’s youth, can learning and education be so rigidly restricted based on one’s chronological age?
 Pause your reading for a moment and look around you. Chances are you learnt something new even within this one moment of reflection! Learning is always a continuous process and education certainly extends beyond the four walls of one’s school and university. And as the world progresses and develops, it is also extremely crucial for each of us to update ourselves in accordance with the ongoing changes. This is where Artificial Intelligence steps in. As the world is increasingly transitioning into a global village, why not let AI contribute in its big little way to globalizing education and introducing innovative learning tools?
 We’re back with a blog; and today, it’s time to take a look at the integral role of AI in the education sector:

 When it comes to teachers and educators, their role is never restricted to simply imparting education to their learners. A substantial amount of time is invested by teachers every semester on correcting exam papers and assigning grades. This monotonous and hectic task increases their workload and also leaves very less time for other primary activities such as lesson planning and thinking of innovative teaching strategies. Enter AI! While there may be certain limitations to the domains AI can cover to assist grading, including Gradoscope are now being adapted in order to help tutors and instructors with grading exams and even homework on the AI platform. Moreover, it also ensures that students receive their results faster and with increased accuracy. Gradecam is another platform that can be used by students to simply write down answers to multiple-choice questions, following which the technology compares the student’s answer to the correct one provided in the answer key and assigns grades accordingly.

 Every academic year, the admission procedures are nothing short of an elaborate ceremony for schools and universities across the globe. Whether it is enrolling new students on board or promoting existing students to higher grades, the process is definitely time-consuming and often tends to involve repetitive tasks. With AI, tabulating admission data such as student details and grades can be easily carried out by software bots, thus freeing the non-teaching staff of schools and universities from engaging in monotonous processes.

 Smart is the new cool today, whether it’s phones or learning techniques. Gone are the days when working hard was viewed as the only parameter to measure success. While hard-work and determination are still extremely relevant and important virtues, working smart is also a significant attribute. And that’s where AI contributes to ensure a smart learning environment for all learners!
 Traditional classrooms often tend to uphold the notion that all pupils belonging to a certain grade or level possess more or less the same grasping and comprehension levels. However, every individual is a different entity, independent of his/her educational level. And education, as a powerful medium of imparting knowledge and learning, must realize this fact.
 With AI-powered educational apps, it is possible for tutors to look beyond the mid-point of the ‘normal distribution curve’ and instead offer customized recommendation to each student. Tutors can also consider learning preferences of individual students, and adapt to varying techniques such as flashcards, audios etc. Quick study and revision material and last minute exam prep notes can also be provided to students at the click of a button!

 More often than not, classrooms with large pupil strengths are unable to keep adequate track of individual students’ performances and grasping speeds. While some students in the classroom are quick learners who don’t require micro-management, some others may lag behind due to their slower processing speed and may require personalized attention. As a continuation to our previous point on smart lessons, AI can also be leveraged to assess individual students’ learning speed and academic performance. Such micro-level understanding of each student’s academic status can help the tutor cater to individual pupils’ needs with ease and efficiency.

 Yeah, we already gave you a lengthy heads-up on how the ‘world is becoming a global village’ and so on. And in such a scenario, can the education sector stay untouched by the modernization? Certainly not! With e-learning platforms offering innovative and engaging learning techniques for learners across the globe, the world is not only a global village, but a global classroom encompassing towns, cities and villages and connecting students and teachers. We all know the buzz that platforms like Udemy and Coursera have rightly generated. There are also a number of other platforms under the hood of Learning Management System, which focus on interactive and innovative learning between learners and tutors, as well as between individual learners.

This was our list of top 5 benefits AI can bring about in the education sector. But education is not always about academics — the infrastructure being provided to learners at educational campuses also plays a very important role in effective learning. AI can also help with planning of expenditures during extra-curricular events. Deep learning technologies can be applied to make data-driven predictions pertaining to seating arrangements, food orders etc. This can help to reduce costs significantly. So, is AI the genie all set to take over the education industry? More importantly, will it replace humans? The answer is a resounding ‘no’. Rather, AI only provides a platform that efficiently facilitates more human interactions. So, as long as education exists as a medium of learning and development, human interactions can never go out of fashion.

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