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Is Artificial Intelligence The Way Forward For Education In India

Traditional learning is not serving the purpose anymore as the world becomes increasingly complex

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Is Artificial Intelligence the Way Forward for Education in India

According to surveys, 75% of teachers in USA believe printed books will entirely be replaced by digital learning tools. Is the Internet and technology really a game changer within the education sector? The answer is, yes. 

Looking Back & Introspecting 

Over the past few decades, new technologies have truly transformed every aspect of our world, from scientific and industrial development to day-to-day activities in our personal space. And, whenever a new technology is introduced to the masses, the way people interact with each other and envision their lives has shifted drastically. The truth is, we only realize the redundancies of our current practices after we are introduced to a new technology that makes our daily activities efficient. And, once we adopt new technology, we get set in new ways, unable to imagine how we ever lived without these developments before!

Artificial Intelligence Is A Game Changer 

Everyone has been vouching for Artificial Intelligence's (AI) ability to change our lives forever in the next ten years, and there is good reason why all experts, including biggies like Elon Musk, share this belief. And, it won't be long until AI also plays a huge role in revolutionizing the education sector from head-to-toe.

Education - rather, learning, in general - is based on society's understanding of what is important and what our future generations ought to know to take the next leap for humanity. But, we live in a time where changes are perpetual, hence it is difficult to keep close track of current trends and redesign education at every step of the way. This is precisely where AI can work wonders! 

Integrating Education With AI and Machine Learning

Simply based on the positive impact technology has had on our lives each and every single time, it would almost be criminal to not put it to good use. Social media, for example, has already been proven as a wonderful tool when it comes to education - one can easily find video tutorials on any topic, and the quality of these tutorials is constantly improving. Likewise, the Internet of Things has transformed classrooms into a delightful visual, experiential haven for students. The challenges people previously faced regarding the logistics of hands-on training have disappeared since we can finally simulate any environment and train people in conditions that are seemingly real.

AI's ability to transform the education sector is five-pronged -

AI can track data and make conclusive deductions that overcomes the limitations of situated learning. 

Teachers are often quite unable to decide which methods of teaching will resonate with the majority of their students. AI can make these decisions with less errors than human beings. 

AI's power can be leveraged during assessments

Up until now, is has been impossible to objectively conclude how well a student understands a subject because we have limited human power. Learning skill-sets requires students to grasp multiple aspects. Hence, a fair assessment should evaluate a student on both their strengths and areas that need improvement. However, the current assessment models focus on an overall dexterity, which isn't of much use, since assessments should be used to diagnose, not evaluate. AI's power can create fairer, unbiased ways to assess candidates by taking into account all the limitations of fixed-format exams, such as varying weightage and the curriculum's difficulty level. AI can set our compass straight so we head in the right direction, finally. 

AI Reduces Time Spent On Grading 

Teachers spend a lot of time simply grading papers rather than introspecting on ways to make learning a more engaging experience in-sync with what is happening around us. AI can reduce wastage of time and resources at the grading stage because it allows each student to know how they are performing in real-time from both the lens of proficiency level and expertise. This critical information can motivate students to try harder throughout, rather than at the end when they see a final grade and it is too late to do anything. 

AI Lends Itself To Personalized Education 

For generations, educators and trainers have struggled to design a course or teach a skill that resonates with everyone because all of us have varying degrees and different forms of intelligence. The permutations and combinations of teaching mediums to use - audio, visual, kinaesthetic - is endless. In short, customizing education for each student is a mammoth task that requires immense time and human resources, which is impossible. However, AI is a tool that can make these barriers a thing of the past. 

AI prevents us from designing a templated single-course, and instead allows adjustments as each user progresses through their learning cycle by keeping track of what is working and what is not. 

AI Sifts Through Cluttered Content 

With so much emphasis on creating educational content, we will soon be flooded with material being delivered through various platforms. But, as a learner who is new to the subject, how can one conclude what is best for them? AI can make excellent recommendations after evaluating content at multiple check-points and also redirect students to free learning resources. That's a win-win situation. 

What Would You Choose? 

If you had the option of choosing between a pre-set menu that's generic or enjoying a meal that's been customized just for your particular taste buds, what would you prefer? 

Traditional learning is not serving the purpose anymore as the world becomes increasingly complex. A student-driven approach toward education boosts retention and encourages each individual to learn how to apply concepts to trouble-shoot real issues happening in the world. Personalized, AI-driven learning empowers every single student to accelerate their progress and both discover and harness their full potential. 

Speedlabs takes into consideration that there are often multiple answers to a problem and several paths to arrive there - we call this non-linear learning. Such a form of learning helps a student develop knowledge along with the ability to think at both an individual and group-level, while fine-tuning skills and touching upon academic, social and emotional facets. In short, it is much more wholesome. 

A simplistic, traditional, archaic learning model that lacks vision cannot enable today's generation of students to be thought leaders who solve the complex problems of the world. Learning must change to serve an actual purpose that is societally relevant. 

Integrating Personalized Learning Into The Classroom 

Administering personalized learning in the classroom will require some structured parameters for it to be productive, safe and direction-based. Finding the perfect balance between traditional, linear learning and complex, non-linear personalized learning is something educators will have to keep tweaking as we move forward. 

For example, at SpeedLabs, we have already integrated AI into our practice labs so students can learn while they are practicing. Our platform not only identifies the weak areas of user in real-time, it also recommends relevant material to improve and takes the student through AI-generated sets of practice set questionnaires that consolidate what has been learned. As AI evolves, we are constantly updating this platform to give students a smooth and comprehensive learning experience.

Moving Forward... 

The key to personalized learning is - a) providing access to appropriate technology to students, b) enabling teachers to provide appropriate support as and when needed, and c) giving students flexibility around physical space, learning time-frames and instructional modalities. This new paradigm of personalized instruction will give educators an unprecedented opportunity to redefine their roles and scale-up personalized education like never before. It isn’t about educating more students with fewer teachers. On the contrary, it is about educating the students we already have through the teachers we already have, but more successfully with integration of technology's assets.

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Vivek Varshney

The author is Founder & CEO, SpeedLabs

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