How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Are Transforming EdTech
Artificial intelligence has successfully entered every industry in the global market. While eCommerce, IT, and healthcare have quickly adopted AI, the education sector took a little time to get into action. However, the Covid-19 pandemic pushed educational institutions to make swift changes to their traditional approach and adjust to the modern ways.
The world’s Artificial Intelligence in the education market crossed $1 billion in 2020 and is likely to climb at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 40% by 2027. Top Global Universities & educational institutions are gradually adopting AI tools in classrooms and facilitating online/ remote teaching.
Let’s explore the role of AI and ML in transforming EdTech to create an inclusive and immersive learning system for students.
Enhanced Benefits of AI in Education
Disruptive technology innovation in education benefits teachers, students, and the institution (management). Let’s figure out how versatile and useful AI is in the education sector.
For Teachers and Schools
- Automate Non-Teaching Activities
Activities such as preparing for the class, creating question papers, assessing the answer sheets, etc., take too much time. Teachers have no option but to manage it all. Thanks to AI, they can automate generating question papers and correcting the answer sheets. Different EdTech tools help in conducting and assessing tests online, saving the teachers some time to focus on lesson plans.
- Streamline Curriculum Creation
There’s no longer a need to create a curriculum from scratch. Online AI-based tools allow teachers to use existing curriculum kits and update to suit their syllabus and students’ requirements. This allows for a flexible & interactive curriculum where students can also suggest changes to work on their strengths and weaknesses.
- Student Assessment
If assessing answer papers is one aspect, assessing the students is another vital factor that requires more effort. Artificial intelligence empowers teachers to understand the weak areas of each student. This gives teachers more information about how to plan the classes and ensures that all students who attend the class can learn the topic/ subject without feeling stressed.
- Live and Recorded Classes
AI-based platforms allow teachers to record their classes in advance and share them with the students. Apart from live streaming the lessons, teachers can schedule recorded videos if they won’t be available for the particular session. They can assign chatbots to answer basic queries while the teacher is away.
- No Geographical Borders
The merging of global borders in education is among the most important artificial intelligence benefits in education. Students can learn from a teacher living in any part of the world through remote learning facilities or online platforms. Even if the courses are in other languages, there are top-class translator tools to assist students.
- Cost-Effective Learning
The advent of using AI and ML development in the education industry has increased competition among online learning platforms. This led to a decrease in the cost of learning. Moreover, the focus is on bridging the gap between education and marginalized communities to provide better career and growth opportunities.
- More Course Options
Online universities and platforms have an array of conventional and unconventional courses to choose from. Students can opt for diploma programs through distance learning while continuing to study at the local college.
- Personalized Learning
The ML algorithm suggests the topics and courses for learning based on the students’ likes, preferences, and strengths. The syllabus is customized to retain students’ interest and keep them engaged. AI-based platforms also provide immediate feedback to students and help them identify the areas for improvement.
How to use AI in Education?
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have varied roles in education. Speech recognition software or adaptive learning technology and creating smart content, AI can make education accessible to everyone and eliminate the differences.
Speech Recognition Software can help teachers and students bridge the language gap and comminute with each other in the classroom and during remote learning. Students from marginalized communities will benefit from this AI tool.
Smart Content is the digitalization of textbooks and notes to make them accessible for every student. There’s no need to rely on library books alone. Moreover, AI tools can create interactive content to increase student engagement.
Adaptive Learning is where the ML algorithm identifies the gap in the students’ learning and creates a study program to help them achieve their goals and do better in the final exams/ assessments.
Gamification is the process of using game-based activities and rules to make education more interesting. Online quizzes, tournaments, events, winner boards, etc., motivate students to do their best and actively learn in the classrooms. Here check an example of gamification app designed by VLink for an FMCG company employees.
Current AI-Based Platforms in Education
Here are three some of the popular AI-based educational platforms in the market:
- Blippar is based in London and uses computer vision with augmented reality to provide interactive study materials for students.
- Querium relies on AI to create classes for STEM tutoring based on the insights provided by the teachers about their students’ learning abilities.
- Carnegie Learning uses AI and ML to help students get a deeper knowledge of math and personalize the concepts for easy understanding.
AI and Our Future Workforce
Artificial intelligence will not replace teachers and educators. Instead, it will empower them to provide higher quality education to students and create a holistic learning environment that promotes inclusive learning to eliminate bias between students. Teachers will be less stressed about non-teaching activities and manage their time effectively. The next few years will see the integration of AI into the education sector. Here is a free whitepaper download on AI and ML technology envisioning the future, covering the important topics C-level decisions makers to line of business data consumers, should be thinking
VLink plays an important role in promoting AI in the Education sector and encouraging them to adopt EdTech. We help build and customize AI-based learning platforms and assist institutions in integrating AI tools into their existing processes. Our digital solutions for the education industry are cost-effective and customized as per our client’s requirements.