Is Education Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

Author: Desi Indrawati

 

Artificial Intelligence is a branch of science producing and studying machines referred to as stimulation of human intelligence processes. The main target of AI is to make the best routine processes, improving their speed and efficiency, thereby the number of companies adopting AI keeps on growing worldwide. It is not a fully new technology or subject to discuss. There are a lot of novelists from the past and science fiction movies have viewed its increase in fame. Although it hasn’t gone as they’ve expected yet the technology itself is here and is driving changes in all industries. It is not often that technology is presented that affects all industries, including education.

AI has already been adjusted to education mainly in several tools that assist develop skills and testing systems. AI educational completion keeps on to grow up. AI is expected to fill gaps in learning and teaching and allow schools and teachers to do more than ever before. Somehow, in recent years, experts have predicted that between 2017 and 2021, the use of artificial intelligence in education in the US will grow by 47.5 percent. This is based on a report on the Artificial Intelligence Market in the education sector in the US. Even though many education experts believe that teachers’ presence can’t be taken away by this technology, they agree that it will turn how they go about their jobs and the educational best practices to adjust.1

Educational institutions can could data analytics to name one of the primary issues facing colleges and universities today. By helping educators identify students who are at venture of fail, early strategies can be employed to help meet the need of the students and assist them to achieve success. While the report shows that AI promises to increase education at all levels, especially by providing personalization at scale. For many teachers, embodied education is a goal that they strive to get. Whether it’s too many students, too short class periods, or students with too wide a skill set, many teachers struggle to reach all students on an individual level. Yet, AI could enable teachers to fundamentally be in two, six, or even 20 places at once by using a robotic teacher or advanced AI Mobile App.2

However, people and institutions will require to figure out the challenges and educate themselves on both opportunities as well as the societal impacts of the innovation of AI. According to a current report from UNESCO, there are at least six major challenges regarding AI in education:

  • Developing a comprehensive view of public policy on AI for sustainable development;
  • Ensuring inclusion and equity for AI in education;
  • Preparing teachers for an AI-powered education;
  • Developing quality and inclusive data systems;
  • Enhancing research on AI in education; and
  • Dealing with ethics and transparency in data collection, use, and dissemination.

 

Many educators have discussed these challenges, offering the international educational community, governments and other stakeholders a peculiar opportunity to explore together the opportunities and challenges of AI in all areas of education.

We may not know the particulars today of how AI will change our future. But at least we do know it will be important and grand. There is still time and adjustment to prepare our schools, colleges, and universities for the unavoidable changes that AI will lead and entail. As educators, we need to embrace change that leads to a headway.

 

Endnotes

  1. Tiffany Harper, Artificial intelligence is growing rapidly with the potential to change the face of the education sector massively, August 25, 2021, available at https://trainingmag.com/top-7-ways-artificial-intelligence-is-used-in-education/

Tom Watkins, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education: Are We Prepared?, August 9, 2021, available at https://www.wayacademyflint.net/about/news/news-details/~board/all-way-sites-in-english/post/artificial-intelligence-ai-and-education-are-we-prepared