Learning has always been about passing knowledge from the learned to the willing (learner). The concept of learning goes beyond just human beings as animals also learn, mostly from one another and humans.
In the quest to achieve more knowledge, humans created formal education many aeons ago. Formal education started traditionally through direct contact between the teacher and students irrespective of their number, the teacher and students have to be physically present for learning to be achieved. Over the years, formal education has improved, this is as a result of technology into the education sector.
Teachers started by using modern teaching aids, gadgets that can produce images and colours that will enable students to concentrate and grasp what they are being taught more easily. This, in turn, gave birth to the use of computers, tablets and projectors in the classrooms. We call them E-learning (Electronic Learning).
Electronic Learning as the name implies is the use of electronic media as a medium of education and learning. While several parts of the world are yet to adopt e-learning as a major point of their education sector, it is fair and accurate to say that a large percentage of the world has adopted the use of various e-learning methods.
The latest advancement in e-learning is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Various studies have shown that the use of artificial intelligence in classrooms will greatly improve the standard of education at every level.
The introduction of AI has further improved the automation of cognitive activities. Asides from being able to determine and understand a student’s learning style and pre-existing knowledge, AI systems can specifically design courses and learning styles that will appeal to the immediate needs of the students.
To be able to keep up with the advancements in other aspects of life, the education sector needs to improve itself by fully adopting the use of AI in classrooms. AI can completely revolutionalize the standard of education and inspire students in physical classrooms and virtual classrooms.
The rise of AI-powered intelligent tutoring systems
A study conducted by Technavio predicted that the global artificial intelligence market in the education sector between 2016 and 2020 will grow at a CAGR of more than 39% by 2020. According to Technavio, one of the strongest factors influencing this market growth is the adoption of intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) in the various learning processes available and those yet to be discovered.
An ITS is an AI-based learning software capable of imitating the methods and dialogue of human tutors to impart knowledge in real time and on demand. It has the ability to analyze and understand complex human responses while imparting knowledge at the same time on subjects like science, mathematics, languages, medicine, and law.
Also, the application of the system in education helps to keep a better track of students’ development and it offers a more detailed feedback while comprehending their strengths and weaknesses.
AI in classrooms: The Next Giant Leap In Education
Imagine this, how a computerized virtual poker game program defeats even the greatest experts. Just imagine how advanced such software has to be, to be able to understand every move the human makes and decide the right counter move. Now imagine what AI is capable of doing. It can do specific data-driven analysis and make decisions faster than the humans.
If you look around, you will see that with the creation of AI-driven cars and computerized assistants in the surgical theatres, Artificial Intelligence has already made its presence felt in the transportation and medicine industries. And it does not end there as recent developments suggest that AI is set to make a big impact in the education sector too. Let’s look at what it will offer.
● AI will offer a personalized approach
It is a known fact that students’ ability to understand and assimilate what is being taught differs, some students understand almost immediately after a single example whereas, some students require multiple examples and explanations. In a traditional way of learning, the teacher has limited time and resources and is only able to teach the whole class a certain topic on a general level. Though the teacher might be willing to spare extra hours for students who were unable to understand during the class, it is going to affect the teacher’s schedule.
However, with e-learning supported by advanced artificial intelligence, the teacher can identify students that are yet to understand a certain topic and AI can easily suggest methods and give examples to such students based on their strengths and weaknesses to help them comprehend what was they are being taught.
● AI will assist in concept building
AI-enabled virtual tutors are able to understand the questions asked by students and instantly provide easy-to-understand answers to the students with examples. This help students to have strong basics with correct know-how, to not cumulate confusions and to save time.
Earlier, e-learning was focused on sterile problem-solving approaches for reaching correct answers. But with AI, the method used to derive the right answer is as important as the right answer. It is necessary to adapt to abstract concepts and practicality.
The Scope of Artificial Intelligence in Education
While most parent and guardians would be worried about the dangers and possibility of addiction and dependence on technology, the fact remains that the AI’s ability to offer flexibility in teaching is undeniable.
Artificial Intelligence will play a major role in the improvement of the education sector, and though some part of the world is yet to adopt the use of even the most basic e-learning methods, AI will become more and more integrated into the education system, as it provides an assured means of ensuring a more personalized approach in education.
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