Expert Speak

Potential of AI in tutoring

By Kiran Babu, Founder & CEO, Egnify

“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen”

                                                               Vladimir Lenin

The Education industry is going through phases owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The first was to respond to the impact due to lockdown, second phase is recovery, which is underway, and will be more like a ‘dial’ than a ‘switch’. The third phase is the ‘reimagining’ phase; innovation born of necessity during the previous two phases will emerge, such as: Artificial Intelligence (AI) helps students understand and learn effectively both inside and outside of classrooms New ways of revising and relearning concepts using learning-by-doing online modules.

Reimagining assessments to move from ‘assessments of learning’ to ‘assessments for learning’. This transition to online learning due to COVID-19 has exposed significant gaps in school systems. Education institutions now have the opportunity to explore the potential of learning supported by artificial intelligence.

AI will transform education both inside and outside classroom:

AI is also helping automate and speed up administrative tasks, accelerate and reduce the cost of learning–even basic skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic – on a global scale. It will make past improvements in pedagogy look like rounding errors.

How AI is currently being used in education?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is providing teachers, schools, and parents with innovative ways to understand how their students are progressing, as well as allowing for a fast, personalized, targeted curation of content.

  • Personalized learning: Managing a class of 30 students makes personalized learning nearly impossible. However, AI can provide a level of differentiation that customizes learning specifically to an individual student’s weaknesses and strengths.
  • Teacher’s aid: Teachers don’t only teach, they also spend hours grading papers, and preparing for upcoming lessons. However, certain tasks, such as marking papers, could be done by robots, giving teachers a lighter workload and more flexibility to focus on other things. Machines can already grade multiple-choice tests and are close to being able to assess hand-written answers. There is also potential for AI to improve enrollment and admissions processes.
  • Teaching the teacher: Artificial intelligence makes comprehensive information available to teachers any time of the day. They can use this information to continue educating themselves in things such as learning foreign languages or mastering complex programming techniques.
  • Connecting everyone: As AI is computer-based, it can be connected to different classrooms all over the world, fostering greater cooperation, communication and collaboration among schools and nations.

How students are benefited?

AI can make a significant impact on the students’ educational journey. It can help in structuring and streamlining her learning process, by personalizing the curriculum, analyzing the gaps in the learning journey, recommending   access   to the right content, improving communication with teachers, etc.

A few examples include:

  • Personalization: AI-powered solutions can analyze students’ previous learning histories, identify weaknesses and offer courses best suited for improvement, providing many opportunities   for a personalized learning experience.
  • Tutoring: AI tutors and chat bots are a perfect solution in these scenarios. While no chat bot can truly replace an educator, AI tools can help students sharpen their skills and improve weak spots outside of the classroom. They provide a one-on-one learning experience without having the teacher there to answer questions at all hours of the day.
  • Quick responses: There is nothing more frustrating than asking a question only to have it answered three days later. Teachers and faculty are often bombarded with repetitive questions on a daily basis. AI can help students find answers to their most commonly asked questions in seconds through support automation and conversational intelligence. Also, students spend less time tracking down answers or waiting for a response to their questions.
  • Universal 24/7 access to learning: AI-powered tools make learning accessible and 24/7 access makes it easier for students to explore what works for them without waiting on an educator. Additionally, students from all over the world can gain access to high-quality education without incurring traveling and living expenses.

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