How far AI can take EdTech? - Information and Technology


Friday, December 7, 2018

How far AI can take EdTech?

The following article has been inspired by the thoughts of Mr. Mayank Srivastava. He is the Founder of Experts’ Global, one of the world’s leading EdTech firms in the field of GMAT prep and MBA admission consulting.

Education Technology, which is informally known as EdTech, is the practice of employing technology to disseminate and impart education. The education industry and the student body have never been averse to adopting the latest technology. That is why it has seen the development of specialized training tools and the adoption of simpler tools, such as search engines and video lectures. Many ask where EdTech will go from here. In all likelihood, it will be the further integration of artificial intelligence that will drastically advance EdTech. Artificial intelligence has been growing smarter, for some time now. Machine learning, in particular, has already seen a lot of success. Here are some of the biggest ways in which artificial intelligence will change EdTech, for the better.

Adaptive learning
All students have unique strengths and weaknesses. They all learn at a different pace and have different aptitudes for different subjects. Educators understand that these factors must be taken into consideration while dealing with students. However, they are limited in how much they can do, by practical concerns. Machine learning algorithms might just hold the solution to this issue. These algorithms identify patterns in the student’s performance and use that information to tailor the program to the student’s specific needs. The programs can even pinpoint the student’s weak areas and suggest material that can be used to deal with those weaknesses. 

Deep Learning
Deep learning is a subfield of AI that is concerned with artificial neural networks and algorithms inspired by the human mind. Deep learning algorithms study the user’s behavior and performance, to measure their exact cognitive ability. EdTech tools can then use this information to suggest learning material that best suits the student’s requirements, both in terms of content and presentation. These tools also have great utility in the field of career counseling. 

Allowing for More Classroom Discussions
EdTech solutions are already capable of taking over a number of day-to-day tasks that consume the educator’s valuable time. Educators can save a lot of time by turning their scheduling, organizing, data keeping, and even some of their grading tasks over to the EdTech tools. Objective answers are graded thorough EdTech, even today, and soon we will have artificial intelligence tools that can do the same with subjective answers.EdTech solutions can also do away with the need for educators to prepare and deliver lectures. They will be able to utilize pre-recorded lectures, prepared by some of the brightest minds in every field. With EdTech handling most other tasks, educators will be able to focus their energies on the areas that where it cannot penetrate. Areas such as class discussions. 

Developing Collaborative Tools
In today’s world, the integration of technology into our leisure activities is absolutely commonplace. It is a trivial matter to collaborate with people, across incredibly steep differences in geography and culture, in our recreational activities. With the help of EdTech; we will be able to create tools that will help us collaborate on educational pursuits, just as well. 

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