The education sector is vastly laden with legacy systems. Still, a dose of AI tools and technologies can bring a fresh wave of automation and close the knowledge gaps across traditional grade systems. According to marketsandmarkets.com, the global AI in the education market is projected to reach USD 3.68 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 47% during the forecast period 2018 till 2023. Educators must consider strategizing a digital transformation within the scope of their domain to incorporate the right AI applications that produce expected results. Let’s explore some critical applications of AI in education. 

Grading software

AI-powered grading software combines Machine Learning to create calculating systems after it collects important data on metrics for grading assignments from papers that have been graded by teachers/professors. The tools are designed to understand and replicate the teachers’ human grading process earlier. Teachers’ inputs + AI combination can grade essays, papers and tests in seconds, even in different languages. They can easily integrate them into an existing virtual environment or cloud-based platform. They are handy when the number of papers is significant so that the teachers can be occupied by more value-based work instead of wasting hours in grading. 

Admin tasks

To eliminate manual administration work in n schools, colleges and universities such as scheduling, rescheduling classes, marking attendance, grading papers, finance and accounting and record keeping. This streamlines the regular, mundane tasks that no longer need to be done by the staff. AI tools can perform various functions like 

  1. Ending truancy alerts
  2. Report cards and other correspondence to the parents automatically
  3. Plan and schedule meetings
  4. Automate routine student forms, enrollments, and other paperwork to the correct department
  5. Shorten the time spent on progress reports
  6. Streamline any other record-keeping tasks. 

It can enable teachers and professors to focus primarily on improving educational quality instead of manual paperwork and reducing work pressure.

Voice assistants

Voice assistants are an engaging and convenient way to bring learning at home while also helping users schedule study calendars, listen to coaching instructions while on the go, and give instant answers to students’ basic questions in class. The benefits of voice assistants in education include:

  • Efficient saving of time for students and teachers
  • Providing community learning opportunities
  • Providing personalized education within seconds

These AI-powered voice assistants can be used in apps on the smartphone even if they don’t have smart speakers. 

Personalized learning

AI tools can assist learning through tailor-made study schedules and customize learning based on the specific needs of individual learners. They identify the gaps in knowledge, creating instructions, testing and feedback systems for learners from preschool to college. AI-powered software, games and tools can set a strategy for students to learn at their speed, time and requirements for repeated practice. This machine-assisted classroom environment can help teachers customize individual lesson plans based on students’ individual needs and go a long way in differentiated and adaptive learning that can build a solid foundation for all kinds of learners. 

Smart content

Smart content can range from digital textbooks, guides, instructional snippets, videos to AI tools that create customized environments for the educational organization based on strategies and goals. Personalization in education is the future global trend that can be accomplished by identifying the areas in which AI tools can play a role. For instance, schools can create AR/VR based learning environments as well as web-based lessons to accompany. AI Monitoring and Evaluation tools can streamline content for different learning styles and match pace with diverse learning curves. When many students submit an incorrect answer, AI and ML-powered algorithms can identify the areas that can be improved in the curriculum to fill in the gaps in defective or ineffective content and help teachers correct. 

Intelligent tutoring

Tutoring programs or intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) based on artificial intelligence are equipped to handle personalized feedback and instructions for one-on-one teaching. However, they cannot replace teachers since they are not advanced enough to teach how a human can. They can help scenarios where human tutors are not available for small lessons that can be taught and evaluated online. It can be an effective tool in e-learning platforms to teach languages, geography, circuits, medical diagnosis, computer programming, mathematics, physics, genetics, chemistry, etc. They are designed to factor in engagement, metrics for grading and comprehension. 

Virtual learning environment

Using VR technologies, students can directly connect to their mobile device or laptop and access content interactively. Virtual learning environments can offer group educational experiences, provide student counselling services, and facilitate an immersive learning experience. VR headsets can help students with ADD/ADHD by blocking out distractions and increasing attention spans. Additionally, learners can also aid learners in soft skill coaching, life skills, self-development with interactive virtual simulations. 

Universal access to education

It’s always a challenge to ensure that standardized quality of education is spread across geographies and ethnicities. Still, AI technologies can significantly bridge the boundaries between students, teachers, peers and educational administrators. Smart data gathering, individualized schedules, custom tasks, 24/7 access to education can be made possible with AI tools. They can also create subtitles and language translation and different plug and play software that can be distributed across regions to boost global and universal learning, breaking down silos between traditional educational approaches that are outdated or inadequate. AI-powered tools with the power of cloud integration can analyze large amounts of data in real-time, which means that any global institutions with branches can implement quick admin, testing and teaching tasks uniformly across centres.

As more advances are made in AI and with the introduction of 5G, the future of education is highly bright and promising.