The face of the education system has undergone a sea change in recent years. The present-day educational structure is competitive, challenging, and needs to be capable of meeting international benchmarks. The emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are changing our lives as they are being put to different purposes. And just like other areas, AI is disrupting and creating an impact on the education system as well.
AI is making long strides in the academic world, turning the traditional methods of imparting knowledge into a comprehensive system of learning with the use of simulation and augmented reality tools.
Here are some ways in which AI is transforming education as we know it:
1. Effective management of administrative tasks
Through the automation of administrative work, artificial intelligence allows ample time for teachers that they can utilise to engage with students in an improved manner and assist them through the challenges efficiently. AI helps with school admissions via the automation of the categorization and processing of paperwork. It also helps with the grading of test papers as AI helps assess both objectives as well as subjective answer sheets.
This saves time and efforts of the teacher along with avoiding human errors of lapses in attention or even unconscious biases.
2. Access to quality content
Automation has also made quality education accessible to a larger population in the form of smart content. The professors can compose or design study materials customized according to the different needs of the students in different regions with the help of evolved applications of AI. The learning material can be shared in diverse forms that may consist of virtual formats such as video conferences and lectures.
In addition to the intelligent tutoring system, smart learning content created using AI will assist teachers to facilitate each student individually. AI is helping create a series of digital content from the traditional textbooks, categorising them into outlines, study guides, chapter summaries, and practical tests.
AI interfaces enable teachers to frame e-curriculums and a more comprehensive outline of the syllabus across myriad devices, enabling online assistance programs, illustrative videos, and audios.
3. Personalised learning process
While in traditional classrooms, an educator may not be able to pinpoint each student's strengths and weaknesses and provide undivided attention to them. But AI is empowering teachers to track their students' performance and progress in real-time and address the individual needs of each student appropriately. In addition to this, with the help of AI, teachers have ample time to guide their students so that their cognitive skills see an improvement.
Besides academics, AI can also identify and streamline students' career choices. AI helps in identifying if a student is susceptible to certain learning disabilities such as dyslexia or any other issue the child may be facing. This, in turn, can help teachers to determine if they have developed the relevant reading skills for their age.
Moreover, the AI software helps in collecting detailed information about students so that the educator could make use of bespoke pedagogies while imparting lectures. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach, this system operates with the individual strengths of each student.
4. Better outreach
The incorporation of AI in the education system can help make it inclusive. The consonance among AI, Internet and mobility has brought schools into each house and even if the student fails to gain admission in any school, he/she can still study with the help of a smart device.
AI is efficiently helping to reduce the impact of scarce infrastructure and non-availability of qualified or proficient professors in many schools. It has upgraded the distance education mode. Asynchronous sessions are now well-organised with the help of virtual classrooms and teachers.
5. Customised curriculum for increased employability
AI enables an interdisciplinary customised curriculum which can be designed and tweaked to track the response of each student so as to understand what interests them the most. This mechanism is similar to the 'recommendation engine' that popular streaming and eCommerce sites use to suggest favorite TV shows or next purchase items. This eliminates the possibilities of students ending up in the wrong education system.
Summing it up
The emerging technologies offer many promising aspects in the foreseeable future. They simplify a student's life through personalised learning. Automation of tedious tasks benefit teachers as they become more efficient and can focus on other crucial things.
However, the roles and competencies of teachers will have to be redesigned to create a win-win situation for all - students, parents and teachers. In India too, the online mode of education is being widely adopted with the Government of India planning to invest in AI-empowered online education with the goal to expand exclusive and high-quality education to the rural areas as well.
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