AI Transforming Education Around The Globe

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere present today. When we talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI), we often imagine state-of-the-art robots doing advanced tasks alone. But the truth is, without us even noticing it, AI has become part of our daily lives.

There is no escape from the ever-looming presence of AI in our lives between self-driving cars, home assistants (Alexa, Google Home, et al.) and the growing capabilities of our mobile devices. Take recommendations from Amazon’s book or suggestions from Linkedin Recruiting Tools that are powered by AI algorithms.

It shouldn’t, therefore, come as a surprise that the education sector stands to benefit a lot from AI at all school levels, from kindergarten to university. It is expected that artificial intelligence in U.S. education will grow by
47.77% from 2018-2022 according to the Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector report.

AI has already been applied to education primarily in some tools that help develop skills and testing systems. Here are 5 ways in which AI is transforming the experience of both students & teachers at all stages of education.

1. Personalization

The most important change that AI brings to the student experience is learning personalization. Smart tutoring systems such as Carnegie Learning are already being used to enhance the learning experience and boost the productivity of students in middle schools and high schools.

These systems can follow the learner’s abilities in particular subjects and personalize content to make the learning process more efficient. They’re still in their early stages of development, but they will revolutionize the way we teach and learn within a few years.

2. Grading with AI

Teachers agree that grading is a responsibility that is time-consuming and stressful. Plagiarism checkers enriched with machine learning are very accurate in identifying plagiarism, for example, by identifying students who cheat.

Grading multiple-choice questions are straightforward, but what about fill-in-the-blank questions? AI can be of use here as well. For instance, a tool called Gradescope can grade papers by understanding the types of questions asked and assessing the student’s answers, helping teachers save up to 90% of their grading time.

3. Accessibility

AI also helps address some of the major barriers to accessibility of education, such as physical disabilities, language barriers or learning disabilities. That’s why universities partner with technology companies to bring innovative solutions to the campus and provide everyone with equal access to education.

Microsoft Teams with Rochester Institute of Tech to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students who were experiencing difficulties during lectures; they needed to follow sign language interpreters, read slides with course material and take notes at the same time. The institution piloted the use of Microsoft Translator which transcribed the professors’ words on students’ devices in real time, building a better learning experience.

4. Mentoring

A personalized mentor who guides the student in learning isn’t an entirely futuristic idea. The International Business School of Politecnico di Milano has recently implemented a system called FLEXA, an AI-powered personal mentor which provides recommendations of the learning content and suggests relevant events and activities to students. AI is used here to equip the student with all the knowledge and resources required to complete the learning journey.

5. Automate admin tasks

While students benefit from customized learning pathways and enhancements inaccessibility, teachers are able to spend less time on administrative tasks and more on helping individual students reach their potential.

Since the students of today will need to work in a future where AI is the reality, it’s important that our educational institutions expose students to and use the technology.

In the education sector, there are many potential AI applications that benefit both students and educators. Education may be a little slower to embrace artificial intelligence and machine learning, but the changes are starting and going on.

Get ready for an exciting few years of radical transformation! Have you spotted any interesting applications of AI-based software at schooling institutions? Please share them in comments!

Part of this blog is taken from an article by Mark Chaban & updated accordingly.

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