• Abhilasha Iyer

The Magic of AI in Teaching and Learning

By Suraj Rao


They say reality is stranger than fiction. Fifty years ago, could you imagine using a smartphone? But today surprisingly, smartphone is an everyday thing. Ever since the advent of smartphone, everything has gotten smarter.


In fact, we are now in an age where technology is capable of learning new skills on its own. In short, technology is becoming intelligent. Artificial Intelligence is the happening of the day. AI has entered almost every field. What then, does AI have in store for us in education, teaching and learning?



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AI enabled VR in Teaching


AI enabled VR is a possibility in the near future. VR would enhance the experience of the learners. For instance, an AI enabled VR would help a physics teacher talk more vividly about protons and electrons while the learners are able to physically see it through VR.

It may help a biology teacher enunciate different codes of the gene strand in the DNA. It could help us blend two different subjects like geography and mathematics and help us visually analyse a virtual geographic shape. The sky is the limit.


Watch how educators are using VR to help students visualise the coordinates in space!



Set effective curriculum

Teachers need not reinvent the wheel in developing a curriculum. The AI algorithms provide the teachers with necessary data to design an effective curriculum based on the teachers’ search terms.


Freedom from evaluation

Evaluating the answer scripts could be a daunting for the teachers. Most of the MCQ tests are evaluated by computers. With a rapid development in AI, we are not far away from the smart technology that can evaluate essays achieved through language recognition patterns. The extra time can be spent with the students.


Redefines Learning Experience

Daniel Coyle in his book The Talent Code stresses on being able to find our learning challenge clearly and channel our efforts precisely towards it. He calls this deep practice. We are already living in a world where learning is personalized this way by the artificial intelligence.


AI completely redefines the experience of learning. Testing and evaluation would be followed by an instant feedback helping the learner focus particularly on the subjective learning challenges. This would prepare the learners to face one particular challenge at a time. The knowledge acquired is based on the preparedness of the learners.


Study from anywhere anytime

With cloud computing, there is now an opportunity to store the lecture materials. These materials can be accessed from anywhere at any time. For instance, we can attend courses offered by universities abroad through platforms like Coursera. Physical location is no more a barrier.


Virtual Mentoring


AI has enabled virtual mentoring software that helps students understand simple concepts. Self learning algorithms are reaching leaps and bounds in learning new skills within no time.

AI can learn creative ways of teaching complex academic concepts. This would in turn help us gain greater insights into these concepts. Dulingo for example, has simplified the process of learning language.


In this video, the makers of the language teaching app, Speak, explain how AI is helping users have flowing conversations in a new language!





AI in Teaching and Learning Chess

Alpha Zero by DeepMind has redefined the way chess is taught and learnt. It has Zero tagged with its name since it learnt the game from scratch. It was allowed to play against itself for four hours in which it reached superhuman levels of mastery. It has helped many Grandmasters improvise and learn from their games. The phrase “Alpha Moves” has become common among chess circles.



Lichess is a great online chess platform that uses Stockfish to analyse our games. It has AI algorithms that recognize the patterns of our mistakes and helps us improve upon it. Furthermore, its opening explorer, provides us with other games in the same position to analyze from which improves our problem solving skills.

University-Office Collaboration

AI can help universities with its student placements. As the technology comes handy in handling huge data, it would be a vital tool in handling the job requirement of the changing world. We may get job suggestions based on our location and the skill set possessed by us.

With further developments, collaboration between the universities and companies through AI algorithms would help the universities/colleges set the curriculum based on the needs of the companies.


Listen to this podcast on how AI is used by companies for recruitment!


Conclusion

Although AI offers a lot of benefits, some people worry that it may replace human beings. It is indeed true that AI technology has been replacing humans in most of the jobs. This may give us more time to spend quality time with people and things that matter to us. For instance, a teacher freed from administrative work may be able to connect more meaningfully with the student.


Advanced AI technology might give us insights into the fundamental tenets of teaching and learning. Learning about new models of learning and engaging oneself in an eternal process of learning is one of the sure shot ways of improving the quality of life.

What are your thoughts? What new skill has an AI technology helped you learn?