AI technology is not just about robotics. There is a popular media narrative that AI will take over teachers. According to Market Research Engine, the global AI technology in the education market will reach $5.80 billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 45%.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has had a tremendous impact across industries, among them education. It not only transforms the way institutions and teachers do their job but also revolutionizes the way students learn.
Below are some ways that AI technology is changing the education industry.
1. Task Automation
Besides managing the classroom environment, teachers and professors have traditionally also had to manage numerous administrative and organizational tasks such as grading exam papers, evaluating homework, filling different paperwork, managing teaching materials, organizing resources for lectures, making periodic progress reports, and more which is overwhelming for them sometimes. This is where artificial intelligence can be quite handy as it has the power to grade tests and manage administrative work which makes the tasks of institutions and teachers much easier.
For example, ProProfs Quiz Maker is an online exam software that allows you to create personalized exams and provides you with automated grading and results. This allows professors to be more productive but also to have more time for investing in the teaching content.
2. Smart Content
The term smart content is a very popular topic among organizations, educators and students since it makes learning quite easier. When we talk about smart content, we refer to different types of virtual content including digitized guides of textbooks, video conferencing, video lectures, online quizzes and exams.
AI tools totally have the ability to provide those functions. They can create customizable learning interfaces and digital content that applies to students of different grades. And, they can even create audio and video content.
An example of such a platform is Netex Learning that allows professors to create, manage and update digital content in one place as well as empowers students with a high-impact learning experience by allowing microlearning, skills mapping and content recommendations
3. Virtual Learning Environment
As AI-powered platforms mainly provide digital content, students can get access to them from anywhere, at any time with a smartphone. It is really convenient during this COVID pandemic as students are not allowed to attend physical lectures. This is great for students who are not able to attend classes due to health problems and even allows foreign students to study certain courses that are not available in their countries, opening opportunities for a much greater number of students.
4. 24/7 Assistance
Traditionally, students have had to wait until they are in class or professors are available to resolve any questions or doubts. But, not anymore. AI-powered assistants do not need to sleep, they can serve round-the-clock which allows students to get quick and relevant answers or solutions without having to wait for the next class or office hours.
Brainly is a platform from which students can get answers for their homework questions. With the power of AI, this app can send quick automatic responses that are verified by third parties to needed students. This is a great place where students can collaborate and find the solutions they need.
5. Facial Recognition
A lot of academic institutions have started using AI-powered facial scans to identify students. This not only eliminates the need for student IDs but also has various other research, security and administrative uses.
According to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund in 2019, there were about 130 incidents of gunfire in the US schools and 32 resulted in death. Due to this fact, US schools are bound to leverage the benefits AI carries to prevent these crimes. Facial Recognition function can will stop any strangers from getting into school areas to keep students safe.
Artificial intelligence has a huge impact on the education industry. It has changed the ways institutions and teachers do their job, and the way students learn. A lot argue that AI will even replace the position of teachers in the near future. However, AI is not that powerful. It will just be a new tool in teachers’ toolkits. Teachers spend a good portion of their time reeling with administrative burdens. AI will not replace them but free up their time to focus on what they do best – helping students grow to comprehend the world.