rtificial Intelligence has and is going to radically change the way we perceive, collaborate and deliver the tasks we currently perform and is set to revolutionize technology in the years to come. It is no surprise that the kindergarten kids today are connecting virtually with tools and possibilities we haven’t heard before and to be honest, we couldn’t even imagine!
AI: Adaptive Independence
If AI is to be defined in layman terms, it’s a technology that can weave its own set of algorithms and intelligence, which will form the basis of the decision-making process to perform a certain activity. However, please consider the above statement with a pinch of salt, as anything that is invented by humans - has, is, and will always be under their ultimate control to manipulate or to restrict its functioning. No moral policing is applicable here though!
Therefore, AI-powered technology applications or tools will always aid in simplifying the process redesign and yet give humans the ability to approve or disapprove the validity of the statement proposed by AI.
It goes without saying that with the onset of various Digital Technologies, certain processes with repetitive tasks will be automated using AI, ML platforms. For instance, AI bots can attend various queries online and help the user with certain predefined solutions. This is already commissioned at various University portals, where - a new student is auto-directed to the specific sections of his interest, thus reducing multiple clicks and the browsing time for the student. This data related to visitor’s browsing patterns is further processed using digital analytics, to produce a dashboard of student’s interest, intent, purpose, and demographics. These student dashboards cater to the universities with intuitive insights, which enables them to provide more custom-designed programs as per student’s perspective.
Application of AI in the Education Sector:
We will now delve into the various practical scenarios in the educational sector, that can be further enhanced through the application of various AI-enabled solutions:
Scenario: Imparting Knowledge from generic to a more personalized experience
AI Solution: AI-powered personalized learning experience based on the student’s abilities and needs
Solution blueprint: An AI-enabled evaluation app built with data analytics capabilities at school/ college level– that captures various critical parameters of a student’s performance and abilities like - Reasoning, Aptitude, Presence of Mind. This data can be utilized to further analyze the analytical capacity, learning styles, and knowledge gaps amongst the students – which is displayed in the form of an analytical dashboard. This data serves as a decision point, for the HOD’s of respective departments to customize teaching methods for the students, to suit their individual needs.
Now, how is this different from the traditional education system at schools or colleges, you may ask? AI integration with various complex algorithms and tools will provide more accurate probabilities and unleash the hidden potential of a student that one might not even be aware of.
Scenario: Psychological Counselling to boost Emotional Intelligence
AI Solution: ML-powered Chatbots can interact and decipher the emotional state of the Subjects
Solution blueprint: Psychologically it’s been found that humans are social beings, which means that we constantly need someone to interact with, share, and collaborate in our daily life. There are also times when people feeling low tend to avoid social life and brood over their blocked emotions, which tend to be suicidal in nature.
This is where Virtual Assistants(aka chatbots) can be a boon to such people. According to a study, it was found that people are comfortable sharing their personal experiences with Virtual assistants since they are not judgemental like humans. This feature is hence propelling more people to interact with these virtual assistant apps, to share their personal emotions in order to express themselves and share their stories. By enabling such people to express their thoughts, these chatbots are making them consciously aware of their daily life, thus improving their emotional intelligence.
The “Intelligent Mood Tracking” Virtual Assistant can not only be programmed to stay neutral (without judging) but also be attentive and look out for spikes in emotional behavior of the respondent, immediately address the concern or provide possible answers to their questions – thus making them stronger with their emotional intelligence. Although scientific exploration is still in the nascent stage, there are numerous solutions that AI can offer in the long term.
Think the ‘Unthinkable’
Since the 18th century, every generation has witnessed various tech disruptions that were initially dismissed either as too promising or too optimistic. Even in the times of typewriters, the Computers were written off, soon the reluctance of adaptability to a new wave of technology demolished the old ways of doing business. Similarly, in this digital age, there are more opportunities than we can imagine, hence we must look beyond our limitations and barriers to take the next big leap!
To put it simply, we must think of the unthinkable to be able to invent ways that can radically redefine the way we live. Let’s get into each platform and explore the unlimited possibilities they can offer to the Education sector:
In today’s virtual era, where students are remotely connected to attend their classes, seminars and submit assignments; there is an increasing scope for digitally encrypting their assignments, projects, etc to evaluate the authenticity of work submitted. Further, the machine learning capabilities can check these assignments for anomalies like plagiarism etc.
The three pillars of BlockChain are: De-centralization, Transparency and Immutability. Let's further explore these features:
- De-Centralization: Traditional banking systems follow centralized servers, where the data is stored at one location and the user can access only from one source. Blockchain follows a decentralized model where the data is stored and can be accessed across various points. This feature helps the educational institutions to not worry about the server failure when all the students are accessing the portal/server at the same time - looking for their results or submitting projects/assignments.
- Transparency: Although the data is publicly accessible, blockchain encrypts the data, and only authorized user can access their respective data. Students can now access his assignments, projects more securely for reference, which contains a timestamp of each transaction.
- Immutability: Immutability, in the context of the blockchain, means that once something has been entered into the blockchain, it cannot be tampered with. Once the evaluation report has been submitted, no alterations are allowed. This ensures the security of the evaluations performed post examinations.
Scenario: Student submissions evaluated for authenticity
AI Solution: Blockchain tech and Data Analytics enabled solution
Solution blueprint: Using Blockchain Tech, student’s assignments can be uploaded into a secured, encrypted network, which will carry a Unique Student ID (Roll No), Student Name, Dissertation Report (.doc or .pdf) locked with a timestamp. This will eliminate any chances for alterations by anyone in the network. These assignments can be further analyzed using Data Analytics to validate the authenticity and probable plagiarism, thus saving critical time for the evaluators/ teachers in correcting each and every paper. According to experts, the paper evaluation takes almost 3-5 days for a class of 60 students. Through the implementation of Blockchain and data analytics, this time can be reduced to a couple of hours. With these features, now the teachers are left with playing the most crucial role in delivering the feedback and working towards the success of the students.
AR, short for Augmented Reality, not only enables students with simplifying complex 3D structures and mathematical models but also promotes quick learning and adaptability. Thanks to its ML-powered software, that aids with designing complex structures, chemical combinations, and many more…
Scenario: AR solutions to provide compact solutions for users with real-time experience
AI Solution: AR App to review projects or create virtual exhibitions
Solution blueprint: Augmented Reality is already used in Architecture courses to explain complex building structures, dams, underwater cabling and beams, and high rise buildings. This gives students an in-depth experience of life-size projects to check for viability, dynamics, airflow, and structure strength using simulations.
Let's consider a real-life example - Art students attending São Paulo, Brazil’s Graded School use Aurasma – an AR App in conjunction with a green screen to create an enhanced exhibition for visitors to their gallery.
Be more Intelligently Independent
Conclusion: We have seen from the above scenarios and solutions that AI is the most promising technology which is set to revolutionize the education system worldwide. A Student from Uganda can connect through VR enabled Classrooms at Harvard University, provide more personalized education to the students while enhancing their emotional intelligence. To make it possible, we would require both the intervention of various Governments, Nations, Universities, and Digital technology leaders to collaborate for a better future!