Speaking at TEDx Talks, on how artificial intelligence can transform the education system, Scott Bolland, a cognitive scientist stated that 63 percent of learners are disengaged at school. That is, they are either physically or mentally absent when the teacher is teaching, and that’s why only a few grasp the skills they need to make a meaningful life.
Nonetheless, hope is coming to pull that number down, that I can bet. We’ve come from far and are definitely going somewhere. A few years back, you just needed at least a wooden blackboard and a chalk to say the classroom is equipped.
Today, both teachers and learners use computers, tablets and other devices as study tools. In fact, it’s now almost normal for people to study in the comfort of their homes, online. But still, experts say artificial intelligence is what learners need to effectively benefit from education.
The Problem is the System of Education, Not the Students
Recent research has established the fact that all students have their unique way and speed of learning. Unfortunately, this is not taken into account in education systems. Our system has been about following the syllabus and equipping learners how to pass exams, or how to remember, by writing that one fixed answer termed as correct.
Consequently, this has generated few people, who achieve success in education. And those who make it, after graduating, they only seek to be employed, instead of thinking how they can be employers in a world where job opportunities are becoming fewer with daybreak.
How Artificial Intelligence Can Help
Now, with a very new approach, Pearson’s recent report, explains how education is being transformed and improved by modern technologies — artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) to be precise. The researchers are certain that AI will make education more interactive, entertaining and value adding.
“The future will bring better tools with the potential to offer customized support to learners throughout their schooling period and beyond. It will be something like an AI-driven companion capable of mastering interests, strong points, and weaknesses of the learner, to help individuals learn at their pace.”
Making it Possible
“The overview of the idea is to have smart classrooms that would measure and assess the learning taking place, and device means and ways of reshaping the experience as the lesson is ongoing, or in real time,” explained the reporters.
Nonetheless, creating a customized procedure of learning would be the main mission of AI. Over the years, teachers have agreed that teaching each student in person bears better fruits compared to the teacher in front of a class – obviously, there is no time for that. On the other hand, artificial intelligence is expected to thrive in that, with a good example being how Content Technologies Inc a US startup is able to now publish customized books from old materials, making them valuable guides for writers and other disciplines.
Mastering the Learner Though Avenues
AI is already able to analyze people’s online behavior — what they are looking to shop, the videos they watch and so on. With the same approach, the technology can learn about a student’s interests, capabilities or talents, weak points, and so on through their education profile. It can go further to analyze an individual’s unique habits in the classroom and social media to match them with their most effective method of grasping information as well as recommend a career path — that is most promising.
Besides that, you must have heard that automation might reduce job positions in different fields, which means certain carriers are becoming obsolete. AI will be able to guide learners on what sections of professionalism will remain relevant, as well as revamp the education system to focus on what really is required. As in, not just to impart knowledge to students, but to help them solve problems in society, with irreplaceable skills, which remains to be the most viable aspect of job creation.
Still on enhancing the retention capacity of learners, VR headsets such as Google Expedition or Oculus Rift may be used inside the class to immerse let’s say upcoming paleontologists into a simulated Jurassic world.
So will these techs replace teachers? Definitely no, but their work could be restructured, from impacting cognitive skills to tasks that cannot be handled by machine intelligence, which include mentoring and guiding learners, teaching creativity or practical self-development skills.