I often try to switch my own lens, imagining myself as a doctor or a professor, in order to understand the potential of my own products. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the perfect example of how something new could be used to change every aspect of our lives when we change the lens. And education is an area that has unlimited potential to utilize innovation. The ability to tap into new technologies to enhance and accelerate the learning process can streamline everything from admissions and grading to student access to vital resources.
Automating and Expediting Administrative Tasks
One of the simplest but impactful things AI can do for the educational space is to speed up the administrative process both for institutions and educators. The tedious process of grading homework, evaluating essays and measuring student responses can require valuable time from lecturers and teachers who would prefer to focus on their lesson planning and one-on-one time with students.
Machines are already capable of automating the grading process for multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank tests. Soon, they will be able to assist and eventually replace human grading for written response work as well. Admissions processes can also be streamlined and improved, reducing the workload for high volume admissions offices. Automating the process of paperwork and support for students with common admissions questions via chatbot and interactive website materials can improve the process for both administrators and future students.
Outside the Classroom Support
Until very recently, students were forced to rely on their teachers and parents, who have limited time and availability, when assistance was needed. Tutoring and additional educational support couldn’t be guaranteed at all grade or socioeconomic levels. Through AI, tutoring and study programs are growing more advanced, capable of teaching fundamentals to students struggling with basic concepts.
Already, there are intelligent tutoring systems such as Carnegie Learning that use data to provide feedback and work with students directly. These tools are designed to support teacher and tutor approaches to student difficulties but soon will be more advanced and capable of providing specific details for students as well.
In the future, visual and dynamic learning channels outside the classroom will become not only more prevalent but capable of supporting a range of learning styles, all while addressing common questions and concerns students have that cannot be readily addressed by teachers, TAs, tutors or parents.