AI is a technology that transforms every facet of society, albeit its deluge of unfamiliarity. It’s a wide-ranging tool that allows us to change how we embed information, analyze data, and use the insights that result in improvement in our decision making. Some people, such as Faith Popcorn, an author and chief executive at BrainReserve, believe AI technology will “elevate our society” allowing us to “revel in a new Golden Age,” where we’ll be free from hard, monotonous work.
And she’s right, AI technology is powerful and has already led us to make groundbreaking developments. Popcorn discusses the creation of a supercomputer that is able to diagnose certain cancers. Furthermore, translating apps are reaching a point where they’re able to translate real-time conversations, there’s even nursing assistants that help with loneliness, she claims. All these things and more are amazing benefits to our society that one should not fear. AI technology has great impacts in many areas, but one area that is specifically important is that of education. AI technology is a powerful tool that can help with the hyper-personalization of curriculum for students and assist teachers and administration with organizational tasks and more.
Modified learning centered on the specific needs of an individual student has for years been a priority for teachers––with AI technology that priority can be fulfilled. Instead of having educators develop one single curriculum for all students, teachers will have tools that offer a large variety of materials that incorporate the same core curriculum that still fulfill all standards and student needs. AI systems also have special interfaces with online interactives that provide professors with feedback detailing students’ progress and highlight the areas where they may be struggling or have not yet fully comprehended so the professor can follow-up with the student.
Furthermore, AI systems are allowing for expanded resources outside of the classroom with the customized tutoring, where students are able to inquire about certain tasks. These programs help by providing additional material and reinforce the main curricula. Ultimately, AI can drive efficiency, personalization and streamline progress to allow educators the ability to provide understanding and adaptability within the learning environment.
In addition to customized curricula in academia, AI assists teachers with organizational tasks. Teachers are often swamped with overwhelming amounts of work, anything ranging from reading essays, grading exams, filing paperwork, responding to emails, and to managing class material. Studies even show that teachers spend about 50% of their time doing tasks that don’t involve teaching at all. AI technology is especially helpful in these situations. AI systems are easily able to work through any office or task related activities, handling repetitive and routine paperwork. AI systems are even advanced enough to grade exams and evaluate essays, even going as far as providing students with feedback on tone, grammar, and engagement of their writing.
AI technology is also in the works of being implemented into college admission processes. College admission officials acknowledge the fact that there is bias (whether it be conscious or unconscious), and to help eliminate that human bias, they have looked toward AI systems to improve the fairness and equality of admissions. With the recent college admissions scandals, AI systems being implemented into college admission processes are proving to be worthwhile.
The ultimate goal for AI technology within education is one where educators utilize AI technology in order to prime students for success. As educational solutions for AI continue to evolve and progress for the better, the expectation is that AI will help bridge the gaps in the world of academia to eventually enable educators to do more than ever. The application of AI in academia is already presenting its benefits through a wide range of needs, whether it be educational or administrative. The level of personalization in adjusted learning that AI allows for and the administrative assistance it provides is just the tip of the iceberg.