AI: Reshaping Pedagogy and Learning

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, April 11, 2019

AI is now becoming an important part of our daily lives increasingly. We are already using tools like Siri and Amazon's Alexa and are just starting to see AI's educational possibilities. And, we should look forward to seeing more. The U.S. Education Sector report on the Artificial Intelligence Market indicates that specialists expect AI to reach 47.50 percent in education by 2021.

Unlike in other industries, AI still has to influence the higher education sector strongly, but the technology can be applied to different processes. Prominent institutions of higher education are already experimenting with chatbots to make appropriate courses. The technology can also be enforced to other student interactions, such as responding to enrolment inquiries, inclusions of courses and preconditions of subjects. In these cases, the' bot' is programmed to provide answers to frequently asked questions, and by interpreting human speech or writing can understand those questions.

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Institutions of higher education are often brilliant when it comes to research and education innovation, but some are less brilliant when they innovate in their business. Trying something different always presents a risk of missing the mark, but the potential advantages often tip the scale for a change. This age of enlightenment of start-ups and' disruption' has shown that innovation-averse organizations, as their industries move forward without them, are the ones most likely to fall by the way.

In the education sector, there are a few AI challenges. With the development of AI, the least developed countries are at risk of experiencing new technological, economic and social divisions. Some major obstacles need to be faced, such as basic technological infrastructure, in order to establish the basic conditions for implementing new strategies that use AI to improve learning. To use AI in a pedagogical and meaningful way, teachers need to learn new digital skills, and AI developers need to learn how teachers work and create sustainable solutions in real-life environments.

AI will also work to identify weaknesses in the classroom. For example, when student groups miss certain questions, AI will identify the teacher when the material needs to be restored. AI will also hold teachers accountable and reinforce best practices in teaching in this way. While artificial intelligence will not completely replace teachers, it may reshape the teachers' way of teaching and learning to students. 

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