Twenty years ago, educators didn't have a viable alternative for in-person classes. Sure, some people could learn online, and many others could teach online, but the process was rigid and ineffective.
However, all of that has changed today. We now have the viable alternative of online learning, and we even have the opportunity to use more advanced tech like artificial intelligence to make online learning a lot more feasible than before.
This may seem strange to some educators and learners because Artificial Intelligence has often been touted by people as the field that will teach computers how to overthrow humans. That couldn't be farther from the truth, and now we'll show you how well Artificial Intelligence can expedite online learning.
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
IEPs are usually developed for students who require special attention. Many students who require IEPs often suffer from learning or behavioral disabilities. These students are special because they may never be able to learn in a neat or one-size-fits-all system. For them to learn, their educational system has to be tailored to fit their peculiarities.
When faced with students like this, educators can use AI to act as a consultant that will provide valuable information on how to best meet the learning needs of the students and provide an effective online learning experience.
According to Bernard Marr, a big data guru, “Adjusting learning based on an individual student’s particular needs has been a priority for educators for years, but AI will allow a level of differentiation that’s impossible for teachers who have to manage 30 students in each class.”
He goes on to explain in excruciating detail how AI can help analyze the learning and behavioral patterns of students to help educators craft a reasonable educational plan for them. These systems can identify what makes students lose focus, and what piques their interests, and then integrate this into a comprehensive teaching plan that works.
AI And Testing Paradigms
For some time now, many educators have used AI to determine the structure of classroom rubrics and curricula. Up until now, most of the power of AI has been geared towards analyzing and collecting specific metrics— but some educators are now starting to use it for more.
By using AI to analyze test scores and discovering patterns, it's easier to change the way lectures are delivered to optimize effectiveness. The AI system will be able to measure the effectiveness of specific kinds of teaching and will be able to tell the teacher the method that works best.
When implemented correctly, AI will help teachers to identify teaching methods that work best for certain kinds of subjects and will allow them to avoid wasting valuable time on ineffective models of lecturing.
And lastly, AI can become the teacher's assistant. By helping the teachers with the heavy lifting of teaching (which includes but isn't limited to grading tests and assignments), leaving the teacher free to go ahead with the real business of learning. Teachers who can use AI in this way have the time to develop better and more effective teaching methods for students. These teachers can also spend a lot more time, providing students with a personalized learning experience.
Of course, not all teachers will have access to this sort of resource, but there are still some steps that educators could take to ensure that their learners get the best out of learning— whether physically or online.