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Leveraging AI in Education

By ESOutlook | Friday, August 17, 2018

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While education helps in the development of minds that can expand and leverage the knowledge pool, AI-powered tools aid by providing a detailed picture of the working of the human mind. The digital and dynamic nature of AI offers fresh opportunities for students and enables them to explore newer horizons. AI and education propel each other forward to lead to the discovery of new learning frontiers.

AI has been systematically used and applied in education for a long time. While several applications of AI are still in their primitive stages, they show tremendous potential for growth.

Some examples of AI in education include:

1. Smart Content: The introduction of smart content has benefited the educational sector immensely. It is spread across digitized textbook guides and learning digital interfaces, which can be used from elementary to post-secondary level, and even in corporate environments. AI is often used for disseminating textbook content into a smart study guide, which includes chapter summaries, practice tests, and flashcards. Digital content platforms provide enhanced content delivery, exercises and deliver assessment and feedback in real time. Customizable learning systems offer apps to ease the learning process and encourage students by providing virtual courses, self-assessment, gamification, and video-conferencing. The modern workplace uses learning platforms that allow employees to master skills and receive feedback continuously to boost performance.

2. Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS): The development of a one-on-one tutoring system ensures that the curriculum is organized around the student’s progress, in combination with timely feedback and more opportunities for corrected practice. ITS has progressed rapidly, and its performance is at par with human tutors for most students. Some software provide personalized training as well as real-time feedback to post-secondary education students using cognitive science and AI. College freshmen who would otherwise require remedial courses, have benefited from this technology. These systems can be built to encompass information about the student’s knowledge, emotional state, cognitive needs, and the feedback received on the students’ work.

3. Virtual Facilitators: Virtual human guides and facilitators who can be used in different educational and therapeutic environments appear to be highly promising. Some companies are creating smart virtual applications and environments by using AI, computer animation, and 3D gaming to create realistic virtual characters or situations.

The integration of AI in the educational sector has been slow in order to develop more human-like attributes. Its ability to analyze large volumes of data and provide content or set parameters specific to a particular student helps in meeting the need for continually targeted practice while simultaneously assisting the teachers in understanding student performance and requirements to personalize their learning plans. AI is gradually becoming an invaluable extension of the human expertise.

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