Schools usually adopt a standardized approach to teaching where one syllabus is taught to all students at the same time. What this traditional education model fails to consider is the fact that children learn at various levels, different paces and have different progress rates. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to solve these issues.
According to Tnw, Machine Learning algorithms are helping teachers pinpoint gaps in the way they teach specific students to help tackle problem areas.
“a platform that gives real-time feedback and helps online tutors become better at teaching”
An example of where this technology is now being used is at Third Space Learning, an online math tutoring platform, which has launched an AI project that aims to find positive teaching and learning patterns.
Tnw states that “the company’s goal is to create a platform that gives real-time feedback and helps online tutors become better at teaching”. The system can detect if a student’s reaction to a concept follows a pattern of misunderstanding, it will then give warnings to the teacher who can step in to help.
“If we can aim to shape the performance of the teacher — the teacher being the significant input into a child’s learning — then you’re creating something truly powerful,” Tom Hooper, founder of Third Space Learning, told Tnw.
AI-based tutor systems are also helping students by adopting productive learning behaviors, such as self-regulation and self-explanation. By using an online-based platform, the AI-based tutor can analyze students’ responses to specific questions and coursework to give them pointers on which educational path to follow to master their subject.
Thinkster Math and Carnegie Learning are two of the most famous examples of users of this technology. Stanford University has also teamed up with the University of Washington to create an AI-powered tutoring system which works in similar ways.
Artificial intelligence is also helping teachers and schools to create textbooks and exercises that are customized to the needs of their specific courses and students. According to teachthought, “AI systems respond to the needs of the student, putting greater emphasis on certain topics, repeating things that students haven’t mastered, and generally helping students to work at their own pace, whatever that may be.” AI can help create textbooks or online learning materials to aid with this process.
Artificial intelligence is fast becoming an important part of education today. Within the next 20 to 25 years, online learning and AI is predicted to become an integral part of education globally. As the next generation learn in new and innovative ways, by utilizing advanced technologies and the use of the internet to improve their know-how, education systems will only benefit from the positive attributes AI can offer.