The education industry is one of the industries that took a huge hit during the global pandemic. Before the pandemic, the industry had begun to adopt technologies to ease its functions, but an overnight change forced the educational institutions across the globe to accelerate their technology adoption efforts.
Advancements in technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are changing the way the industry works. Even though many experts debate that AI cannot replace the physical presence of a teacher, there will be many changes in the way educators work.
Growing importance of Artificial Intelligence
AI has been around for a while and has found multiple applications in various segments of the market. Particularly in EdTech, AI technologies like deep learning, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are helping institutions to enhance the learning experience and enable learners to improve their performance. According to a recent study, the global AI in the education market is projected to reach USD 3.68 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 47% during the forecast period 2018 till 2023. From grading and grouping of learners to intelligent assistants, AI-enabled solutions are transforming the education industry.
AI trends in the EdTech sector
While AI has multiple uses in the education industry, we have listed the top trends that will shape 2021 and beyond:
- Personalized learning
Developing personalized learning courses for each student is a challenge many teachers struggle with. AI, coupled with ML, can create a personalized learning experience for each student based on their preferred mode of learning, abilities, and experience. Beyond recommendations, AI is also capable of grading and sharing feedback on each student’s progress, and guide them to new courses based on their strengths and weaknesses. The idea of customizing the curriculum for each student is not possible for the traditional system today, but AI-enabled solutions can help the institutions create a personalized experience to drive better outcomes.
- Collaborating AI with teachers
Even though AI cannot fully replace the traditional teaching system, its capabilities can enable many institutions to enhance their teaching experience and fill in the gaps in learning and teaching. AI can automate and streamline many repetitive tasks and enhance personalization that allows teachers to focus on more important activities. Institutions need to realize that the students of today might be working with AI of tomorrow – which is why it is necessary to collate the best of both worlds to enhance the learner’s experience.
- Automated repetitive tasks
Educators spend a huge amount of time grading papers and their students. AI can not only take over such tasks, but can also provide personalized feedback, and recommendations for more courses to enhance the learner’s abilities. Educators are also responsible for many non-teaching activities like enrolment, admissions, etc. With AI, the institutions can automate and streamline such tasks, arrange for personal interactions with learners, allowing the educators to invest more in students. As an example, read how an educational institution enhanced its functionalities by modernizing its management information system.
- Beyond the classroom
The AI tools and devices go beyond the barriers of a traditional classroom. With a remote working environment, the world witnessed how education can be facilitated remotely, beyond the barriers of a classroom. The digital nature of the education is enabling improvement in the overall learning experience with AI-enabled solutions helping students to learn irrespective of their location, time, language, etc., and more.
- Voice assistants
Voice assistants are increasingly gaining importance in the education industry. They interact with learners with educational materials without the involvement of educators. They can also be used at homes or any other place which makes them favorable for many learners. Such solutions are slowly replacing the traditional teaching systems like printed textbooks or even websites to educate learners.
- Chatbots with NLP
To further facilitate learning beyond the barriers of a classroom, AI-enabled Chatbots are used to tutor educators. Learners can ask their queries to the Chatbot, which are processed using NLP. Such systems assist learners during their admissions by answering their queries regarding the enrolment process and the institution. They are also capable of informing students about the curriculum, changes if any, and provide general information throughout the year. Since Chatbots are available round the clock, they are favored by many learners to answer their queries.
There are many more developments happening around the globe that will revolutionize the education industry. AI-enabled solutions like virtual mentors, smart content, new methods of personal development, and more are being developed to enhance the learning experience of learners across the globe. To learn more about you can enhance your educational systems, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.