What to Expect from AI in EdTech

authorThe 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 informally referred to as EdTech, refers to the practice of utilizing technology to impart education. The education industry, as well as the student body, has never shied away from embracing new technology. That is why we have already seen so much technology be readily adopted into education. We have seen the development of specialized training tools and the adoption of simpler tools, such as search engines. The next step in the growth of EdTech will come from AI. AI has been steadily advancing and machine learning solutions have already been applied in many use-cases.

The following are some of the ways in which we can expect EdTech to advance, thanks to AI solutions…

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Adaptive learning options

All students have their individual strengths and weaknesses. They all learn at a different pace and have different aptitudes for different subjects. Educators understand the importance of catering to each student’s learning needs but are limited by practical concerns. This is where machine learning can be helpful. Machine learning algorithms study patterns in the student’s behavior and use that information to adapt the program to the student’s needs. These programs can even identify the student’s weak areas and suggest conceptual material to shore it up.

Using 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 can identify the user’s cognitive ability level, through an analysis of their behavior. With this information, EdTech tools can suggest learning material that perfectly suits the student’s needs. Such tools also have great utility in making informed career decisions.

Freeing up more time for classroom discussions

EdTech solutions can drastically cut down on the amount of time that educators spend on day to day tasks.  Scheduling, organizing, data keeping etc, all can be handled by the EdTech tools. Artificial intelligence can even cover grading. In fact, EdTech solutions have been used to grade objective responses, for a long time now and will soon be used to grade subjective responses, too. This will be made possible through AI solutions that have been built with the cognitive abilities to do so. Furthermore, EdTech solutions can even take away the need for educators to prepare and deliver lectures. Rather, we will utilize pre-recorded video lectures, prepared by the best in each discipline. With virtually all other tasks handled by EdTech solutions, educators will be able to spend 100% of their classroom times on discussions and doubt solving. This is what will maximize the efficiency and utility of the educator’s efforts, as these are the areas here EdTech cannot match up to human effort.

Deploying collaborative tools

It is plain to see just how well technology has been used for collaborating on matters of leisure. Soon, we will be able to use AI to develop tools that will allow us to collaborate, just as well, for educational and learning needs. These tools will bring the student community closer together than ever.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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