Not so many years ago, it was impossible to imagine a classroom without a teacher, but COVID-19 showed that a student can learn through what they see as long as they are motivated. With the advancement of tech, we have started seeing the application of artificial intelligence in education where computers are taught to carry out tasks originally only undertaken by humans. Does this mean education as we knew it traditionally is about to change completely?
Well, some things are likely to change so much that they will disrupt traditional schools, but others will remain. We look at the pros and cons of artificial intelligence in this article.
Advantages of AI in classroom for students
Learn Anytime Anywhere
Online studies have taken off already, showing that students can actually learn remotely. Application of AI allows students to seek help where they may need it, so that they can focus their energies on their strengths. This may be in the form of seeking writing services from such agencies as writix.co.uk that take over the writing assignments for students. AI comes in where the applicant doesn’t have to live in the UK to access these services. They can converse ideally to convey their requirements for an essay with the agency’s representative in the same way they would a person within their area.
When a learner has someone taking care of their assignment, they can schedule study time from whatever device – be it a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop – which they can use even on the go. This ability to study from anywhere removes the monotony of the traditional class, which is good for the brain and learning.
Teachers do a great job at mentoring their students, but they could be unavailable sometimes to offer help at every hour that a student needs them. AI bridges this gap by availing immediate feedback that could help the learner in a fix sooner.
Advantages for teachers
Easy to Note Weaknesses
If a college offers a course online and notes during assignments and exams that lots of people got the answer to a certain question or topic wrong, the tutor is notified due to data collected. They will then know to address the issue since it would mean most of the learners did not understand the topic. Thanks to a lot of tech gadgets and apps that support AI, it would take longer and lots of research to see this weakness if the school was to do this manually.
Apart from that, using data collected through tech enables a teacher to categorize their students’ weak and strong areas. With this information, they will pay attention to the areas where a learner needs help the most. It eventually leads to effective learning.
Think of online schools like Coursera where learning happens virtually with students dispersed all over the world. One educator reaches them all through material they have prepared and interaction through technology. Data collected enables them to interact more closely when it feels like the student isn’t in the same learning curve as their peers.
Challenges of AI in Education
There are two issues when we mention accessibility; cost and tech availability. Some parts of the world are less developed than others, so it becomes hard to offer the same services to disadvantaged learners. Not all courses are free – for obvious reasons – and sometimes this prohibitive cost reduces the reach of online learning though AI.
When all’s said and done, machines cannot replace humans; and that is especially so in schools. Most learners have shown preference for in-person learning as it allows them to talk about their weak areas easily. They also grow in other areas – such as social learning – when mingling with their peers.
In the end, what robots are doing mostly is make education easier, so they will not be replacing traditional educators any time soon. When used properly, they complement traditional methods of learning and facilitate it.
Technology is not writing off teachers; it is only making them more accessible to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn under them. Imagine a professor from Harvard who can, thanks to AI tools, deliver lessons and lectures to students in Africa. This gives all people an equal opportunity at education and career growth.