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The truth about how AI will change education

March 12, 2017

The truth about how AI will change education

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to have an impact on the future of data centers, like faster performance, easier management and more capabilities, so it’s not too hard to consider how AI may be applied to education. Today, “advances in deep learning and artificial intelligence are making it possible for computers to predict what you want almost before you know it yourself,” says Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group and IoT (Internet of Things). Learn how AI’s set to transform education.

AI in education today

Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? While the Todai Robot performed in the top 20% of students for the University of Tokyo entrance exam, its success raises more questions for the future of human education. However, AI is delivering on the promise of impacting individualized learning by emphasizing or repeating topics that students haven’t yet mastered and letting them work at their own pace. For example, Carnegie Learning’s intelligent tutoring system uses data to provide feedback to support classroom learning. Yet, AI still has a ways to go.

AI in education tomorrow:

Looking forward, a recent EdSurge article highlights what’s in the works. Investors raised $100 in a Chinese startup, Liulishuo, which uses machine learning algorithms to teach English to 45 million Chinese students. IBM Watson and Pearson are partnering to apply Watson cognitive capabilities to bring personalized learning to college students and educators. And IBM and Sesame Street are collaborating to create the next generation of individualized learning tools—cognitive vocabulary learning apps. Other future features and benefits of AI in education include:

  • Changing, not replacing, the role of the teacher by shifting from explaining how something works to taking a leadership and guiding role to work more deeply with students.
  • Finding patterns in learning experiences to identify where students need more challenging work so teachers are more effective.
  • Giving teachers targeted support by providing them with insights about student performance to create targeted learning plans.

According to Forbes, AI also has the potential to create efficiencies outside of the classroom, like:

  • Teacher help: AI can assist education by speeding up processes like grading, evaluating essays and measuring student progress.
  • Admissions processes: AI can help streamline the admissions processes by automating paperwork or using chatbots to answer common and frequent admissions questions.

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