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Artificial Intelligence Shaping the Future of Education

We have the cursory level of Artificial Intelligence around us — in computers it can predict the users’ preferences, smartphones it responds to voice commands, and it might also introduce the driverless vehicles, maybe, in the near future! On the horizon, there lie some major breakthroughs that could shape the future of education by influencing the process of both teaching and learning, albeit, for all the right reasons.
Invented in the year 1956 by John McCarthy, Artificial Intelligence could be described as a highly powerful computer system, which can mimic the natural human behaviors such as speech recognition, visual perception, decision making, etc. Post mass production, steam power and digitalization, it’s AI that could be described as the ‘fourth industrial revolution.’
As discussed earlier, education is one field where Artificial Intelligence is poised to bring about an incredible metamorphosis. While the arguments of how much time could be appropriate for the children is raging on amongst the millennial parents, educationists, and psychologists, Artificial Intelligence in the form of technology has begun to seep in the soil of modern education. Although the importance of teachers is paramount when it comes to educating students, a number of advanced tools and learning processes might arise in the field of education.
While we might not see the humanoid robots teaching students within the next few decades, there would be numerous projects that could possibly integrate AI to help both teachers and students obtain more out of their educational experiences. Followings are a few of those ways that might influence the future of education. Take a look –

Collaboration between Teachers and AI
Artificial Intelligence has already been implemented in the field of education, primarily in a few tools that could improve skills and testing systems. As AI solutions in the education sectors will continue to be upgraded, the anticipation is that these might succeed in bridging the gap between
teaching and learning. Due to the integration of AI, both the next-generation teachers and students could work more toward making learning easier than ever.
Leveraging some of the best attributes of teachers as well as machines, Artificial Intelligence could bring out some remarkable outcomes for students, in regards to learning. As the students of the present generation will be working in a time when AI will be the ‘biggest reality’, it’s the need of the hour to introduce them to technology and Artificial Intelligence.

Importance of Individualized Learning is Paramount
The importance of adjusting teaching based on the distinct needs of every individual student has been one of the top-most priorities for modern education. Artificial Intelligence can cause a different level of individualization in learning, which is not possible for human teachers who are supposed to take care of at least 50 students in every class.
A number of top-tier companies have recently incorporated AI-operated instruction design and digital platforms to provide testing, learning and feedback to the students. The concept of customizing curriculum based on the individual needs of different students might be just a matter of anticipation today, but AI could make it possible in the near future.

Access to Global Classrooms might be Possible
The advanced AI tools may help in making the global classrooms available for every student, including those with hearing or visual impairments, etc. The advent of several free plug-in tools for PowerPoint will be able to produce subtitles to help students understand what the teachers are saying.
The IQ level of each student is different. Hence, their capacity of learning will be different automatically. There are, in fact, many students who need a different level of learning procedure to have a grasp on some particular subjects. Meeting these needs may not be humanly possible, but the integration of AI could seal the deal with surprising ease. The inculcation of Artificial Intelligence can also shatter the silos between the educational institutions and conventional grade levels.

Admin Tasks to Get Automated
Grading homework or tests has been and will always be an integral part of the education system.
It goes without saying that it entails a great deal of time and energy for an educator to shoulder these responsibilities. The integration of Artificial Intelligence can streamline these otherwise time-sapping tasks to a great extent.
Even though the machines have already acquired the ability to grade multiple-choice tests, they require some more time to be capable of assessing the written responses. By making different admin tasks automated, Artificial Intelligence could help educators to spend some more time with their students. Also, AI holds potentials galore to churn out more efficient admission and enrollment procedures.

Advancements in Tutorial Programs While there are certainly plenty of things that only the human tutors can offer, but the future might witness many students being tutored by humanoid robot educators. A couple of teaching programs operated by AI recently came into being and these could help students learn the basics of writing, mathematics, and other subjects.
It’s true that the highly-advanced teaching programs could be beneficial in teaching students the fundamentals of different subjects. Although, these tools may not boost their creativity, the future possibilities of them being able to ace the deal cannot be blown with the wind.

Interacting with Information will be Easier –
With the passage of time different intelligent systems such as Siri, Amazon, Google Assistant, etc. have become integral parts of our daily lives. These AI-operated assistants will play a crucial role in the way we may interact with information in both our personal as well as professional fronts.
This could also change the way the information in the educational institutes would be used. With the upcoming technologies, the students of future-generation might acquire a completely different experience while doing any research or searching for any facts online.

Trial-and-Error Method of Learning will be improved –
Trial and error have always been a crucial aspect of learning. However, there are many students who have a strong aversion to embracing the concept of failing or even not being able to answer a question.
The future of education might be graced by an AI-operated system that could help students learn without having to cope with trials and errors. The students may also acquire the opportunity to learn or experiment in a judgment-free environ, courtesy the solutions for improvements offered
by the AI tutors.
The afore mentioned tête-à-tête has made one thing very clear that the field of education is going to undergo some major transformations a few years from now.

Sumit Kumar

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