7 Ways Education AI is Transforming Learning Experiences

12 August 2021

Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the education sector one school day at a time. Find out seven of the biggest impacts it’s had on learning in the past few years. 

Whenever we hear about artificial intelligence (AI) in the classroom, what comes to mind are robots teaching children. Those who’ve been around AI more may also visualize kids interacting with soft-voiced software programs to get things done. In extreme cases, you may even imagine robots replacing teachers. 

Unfortunately (or fortunately), we’re not there yet. Perhaps 50 years from now, we’ll have physical robots standing in front of kids, reading out notes. Maybe the robots may even replace teachers eventually. No one knows. 

However, this doesn’t mean that AI isn’t already revolutionizing education. Although we don’t have 100% robot-taught schools yet, we already have classrooms where robots help teachers and students in various ways. 

Indeed, a recent study by Research and Markets shows that AI in education will grow by 47.5% between 2017 and 2021, completely altering how students, teachers, and students interact. 

7 Ways AI is Transforming the Learning Experience 

The following are seven ways artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed the learning experience in school settings. 

          1. Automating admin tasks 

Grading, whether in the lower grades or higher education, can be a tedious task. Teachers often spend hours or sometimes days marking papers and grading papers, which could be better spent imparting knowledge to learners or working on professional development. 

While AI may not ever be able to replace human grading completely, we’re getting pretty close. A few AI solutions now allow teachers to automate grading for nearly all kinds of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. We’ve also seen a few AI programs capable of automatically grading essays. 

          2. Individualized learning 

We’re entering an era of what educators call personalized learning, an educational approach that aims to customize learning to each student’s strengths, skills, and interests. In his initial findings, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom states that students who receive personalized instructions outperform 98% of those who do not. 

Artificial intelligence will be critical in fast-tracking this form of education. We’ve already seen personal tutoring and support solutions designed to help students keep up with coursework even outside the classroom. Popular tools here include chatbots and AI-powered virtual personal assistants with which students can interact and ask questions. 

          3. Additional support from AI tutors 

Whether you choose the traditional learning approach or personalized learning, we all know students learn at different rates. Others are fast to grasp various courses, while others need additional help to keep up the pace. In the traditional setup, parents and guardians have been responsible for providing extra tutoring at home to keep their kids up to speed. 

Artificial intelligence is also altering this area. Developers are creating AI-powered tutoring programs that help students with basic math, writing, and other subjects, effectively taking the burden off parents. The only downside is that AI tutors are still at an infancy stage, thus unable to deal with higher-order thinking and creativity. 

          4. Special needs education 

AI is also proving critical for learners with special needs. Special needs children have one type of learning disability, thus have impairments in social skills like language or communication. For instance, some have trouble reading or writing. Others may also struggle with technical subjects such as math. Thus, the traditional one-size-fits-all educational approach often puts them at a disadvantage. 

AI is bridging the gap by providing special tools to help special needs learners stay at par with or close to the rest. An excellent example is the Presentation Translator that creates subtitles in real-time for what the teacher is saying so that learners with hearing impairment aren’t left behind.   

          5. Producing smart content 

The role of preparing learning content traditionally falls to teachers. So, naturally, you’ll find teachers hunched on their desks, researching tirelessly to create valuable content for the next lesson. However, technology has changed the trend a little, with teachers now using computers and smartphones for research. In addition, many schools have invested in digital learning resources, allowing students to access learning materials online. 

AI is taking it a notch further by allowing administrators to produce smart content, including guides and customizable learning interfaces for learners. Smart content solutions deliver interactive content, practice exercises, and true-false questions customized for individual learners and specific curriculums for faster and more efficient content delivery. 

          6. Trial-and-error learning 

Trial-and-error learning is considered one of the most effective ways to educate children. Experts say that the biggest advantage of learning by trial-and-error is that you don’t need a great deal of knowledge. Patience is all that’s needed. 

Unfortunately, patience is one thing humans often lack. Human teachers may not have the patience to wait for an entire class of more than 20 students to try and fail a thousand times before grasping a concept. And that’s where AI comes in handy. Since machines have no human feelings, they allow students to try (and fail) as many times as it takes to learn the concepts. 

          7. Administrative advantages 

Finally, artificial intelligence (AI) is also strongly impacting administrative roles in the education sector. For instance, intelligent data collection, powered by intelligent computers, is changing how colleges find and interact with prospective students. Insight from the data is also helping schools guide learners to the right career paths. 

Support for individual students is another critical benefit. Continuous data collection and analysis allow administrators to identify areas where students are struggling and potential solutions. For instance, the admin can spot a student struggling with depression way in advance and send them to counseling before it’s too late. 

Summary 

It’s still early in the day. However, there’s no denying the impact of AI in the education industry. Artificial intelligence has had a massive impact on the industry, inside and outside the classroom. Who knows, we may even see robots take over soon. 

Contact Nix Solutions to find out other ways AI has impacted the education industry and how to take advantage of the innovative technology to improve outcomes in your institution.