Could eLearning and Artificial Intelligence be the Future of Teaching?

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Author: Abby Published on: Jan. 16, 2020 Expected Reading Time: 7 mins

 

Artificial intelligence (AI) changes the nature of industries, from transport to finance. Education is no different, and the prospect of personalized learning is quickly becoming a reality.

As more and more students gain experience with computers, it is possible to record data on their progress, allowing them to develop more personalized curricula while helping teachers identify problem areas.

While for some, artificial intelligence in education may seem nerve-racking, its benefits are too great to ignore.

 

What is AI, and how is it used in teaching and learning?

 

AI allows machines to learn from previous experiences.

As you probably know, many applications can analyze the voice and pronunciation of certain words that students pronounce when learning them (e.g., Anki, LinguaLeo, Memrise). Most word learning applications analyze which words or phrases the student makes mistakes on and revise them at the next study session.

There are automatic spell-checking, grammar, and punctuation apps such as Grammarly. That saves teachers time when checking students' writing and helps students prepare for the written part of the exam without the help of a teacher. 

Of course, it does not fix all mistakes, and sometimes it is wrong.

IBM Tone Analyzer understands the emotions and style of communication in the text. That can even help you know your student's mood when writing an essay.

Tutor Mike (a language robot that helps you speak English) can answer any questions on a variety of topics. Tutor Mike can 

 

 

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That is one of the most crucial aspects of artificial intelligence in education.

Ultrasound and machine learning are particularly well suited to identifying behaviors that can be opaque to the human eye, so by looking at a student's educational data, AI can help the teacher determine how individual students understand the material.

Some students succeed in reading the given materials, while others are hindered by a wall of text that is easier to understand when they are speaking in a lecture form.

By identifying these trends in student data, students can obtain more accessible material that can improve learning outcomes.

It may be tempting to assume that machine learning and artificial intelligence can replace classroom teachers. Still, it will miss out on the critical role that artificial intelligence should play in education, not just in the development of individual curricula.

Machines are horrible when it comes to tasks that require emotional intelligence, which are the skills needed to educate a diverse student body.

Artificial intelligence in front of an audience could be a recipe for disaster, as students who don't want to learn can play with artificial intelligence, thereby destroying all the educational benefits it provides.

Instead, AI is designed to free the educator from the most time-consuming and monotonous tasks, such as certification exams and plagiarism tests.

Any teacher will confirm that this work takes up most of his time, time that could be better spent on more important things.

If artificial intelligence helps teachers, not replace them, then AI education can free up educators so that they can make full use of their training in ways that were simply not possible before.

 

The Changing Role of the Educator

 

Naturally, there is some hesitation when it comes to the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom.

Teachers have recently been sidelined by budget cuts, which has led them to become quite nervous when someone comes to agree with the next big idea, which looks like a possible replacement.

However, artificial intelligence is not even close to doing the job of a qualified teacher. As in other industries where artificial intelligence penetrates and causes anxiety, this is mostly the result of a lack of understanding of the underlying technologies that are involved.

Appropriate familiarity and training of teachers on how to use these new tools in the classroom can significantly reduce the anxiety that such technology can cause.

AI Providers cannot and should not replace teachers. Still, thanks to personalized curricula and the fact that an EMB helps the teacher by eliminating lengthy paperwork, they can be transformative and liberating innovations in education.

 

6 Reasons That Online Tutoring Can Be the Future Mode of Education

 

1. Advanced technological medium

Some studies have found that students studying online are better off than their peers in traditional classrooms. In a scenario of increased use of computers and the Internet, even in everyday life, education using such a popular medium will undoubtedly be the focus of attention in the future.

 

2. Complex nature of present education

Modern curricula, agendas, and timetables are elaborate and complex, given the quality of their training. Even a child in kindergarten has homework and often needs extra help. 

Teachers' attitudes towards the subjects they teach are not up to standard. Most parents are dissatisfied with the fact that they are engaged in homeschooling in public schools. They need additional education, such as online training with teachers, flexible schedules, and a variety of products to meet the specific educational needs of their children.

 

3. The abundance of resources and seamless services

Online tutoring provides support for students, using many resources and an unlimited number of materials for an in-depth study of all subjects. The limited knowledge in the classroom is fully compensated for by the experience of online teachers. 

Even teachers can take advantage of e-mentoring sites that offer lesson plans and ideas for classroom teaching, as in the 100 curriculum ideas for teaching mathematics (where teachers can easily use projects and ideas to teach mathematics lessons).

On the other hand, students can benefit from a variety of online services that make learning easier. These tools make it easier to complete assignments and automate the learning process. 

However, don't confuse legitimate services and tools with fraud! For example, students can now quickly calculate their GPA online at a college using a GPA calculator to make sure they are aware of their results. 

Buying books from a school shop can be tedious. Instead, students can use the AllBookStores or BookFinder to search for books online that are needed for a particular class.

Some of them may have difficulty organizing and completing their homework on time. There are websites such as the Assignment Calculator and MyHomeworkApp that help these students achieve their homework goals. 

These innovative resources greatly assist students by serving as personal assistants. 

 

4. The world is becoming more complicated

Life is becoming more and more complicated, and human life is becoming tenser. In the future, this figure will increase. In this case, regular attendance in schools will diminish.

Students prefer a learning environment in which they can learn anywhere and use familiar devices to cope with their daily lives. Also, in the future, temporary structures and forms of learning will become more complex, and online mentoring will become a more attractive solution.

 

5. The essential need for supplementary education

Most modern children do not have a fundamental knowledge of pre-families or the necessary skills in subjects.

However, college admissions have increased, yet the need for remedial courses has also increased. The rush to tutoring centers for additional help has already increased and will continue to.

 

6. More technology in the future

Currently, technology plays a vital role in education. Technological tools such as Skype and interactive whiteboards are handy for children learning online. 

That will be improved in the future when better technology is available to meet the growing needs of students.

More students are attending online courses at colleges to earn a higher education diploma. Currently, some students earn entire degrees online; some are transferring traditional credits to their online program. Others are transferring credits from online courses to conventional schools. 

Online courses are convenient, and many can be asynchronous, allowing you to enroll and participate in discussions even if you don't need to visit the website at a specific time. 

Many universities, such as Arizona State University (ASU), the University of Texas (UT), the University of Florida, and others offer entire undergraduate and postgraduate programs online.

 

To sum it up

Despite improvements in artificial intelligence in education, these efforts pale in comparison with their successes in non-educational areas. 

I believe that AI can play a crucial role in growing the field of learning analysis, assessment of the quality of learning materials, as well as in adaptive learning mechanisms and recommendations. 

There is also the potential of artificial intelligence to create unique learning pathways for individual students through online learning. 

The potential for AI to make a significant contribution in any field is enormous, and education should be no exception.

 

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