Artificial intelligence is an invaluable educational resource. Technology enables students to follow guided, hyper-personalized paths, providing the right level of challenge for them to learn at their best.
After all, too simple or too demanding materials only irritate students, even overwhelm them. In contrast, if appropriate resources push students far enough, they will become more focused and therefore more willing to learn.
a recent research from developing countries has even shown how EdTech platforms are a cost-effective way to teach. And their implementation has played a crucial role in the development of students and their ultimate success.
In this post, you’ll learn four ways EdTech platforms are using artificial intelligence to improve the learning experience.
You are ready: Let’s begin.
How to use AI to improve eLearning platforms
Artificial intelligence has huge potential transform e-learning.
For one, AI-powered personalized learning in EdTech can help drive engagement and deliver courses tailored to each student’s ability. But the possibilities don’t end there.
Here are four ways EdTech is using AI to deliver the ultimate e-learning experience.
1. Customize the learning experience
The Internet is a font of knowledge. But while students can find almost anything online, including books, courses, and lectures, most people feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information.
That’s why teachers need to direct students to the most appropriate resources, helping them achieve their goals as effectively as possible. EdTech solutions help by sourcing information and adapting curriculum to students’ levels, interests and capabilities.
Better than asking students to follow a set schedule, EdTech solutions that use AI can adapt to a student’s schedule by offering the right amount of study hours each week.
To see how this works in the real world, look no further than that LinguaLeo app. LinguaLeo takes the pain out of learning foreign languages by realizing that learners often give up because they become unmotivated (say, because they have to learn grammar and nothing else).
LinguaLeo counters the risk by delivering courses based on the student’s real goals (maybe it’s an upcoming business trip). What’s more, it assesses your language level from the start so you don’t waste time covering aspects you already know.
To enrich the learning experience, the app uses speech recognition and Intent detection so you can listen, read and speak as you practice. You can even learn when and where you want, with fun gameplay and rewards to keep you motivated.
2. Track progress automatically
Testing is a huge part of learning. However, it takes a lot of time for the teacher to grade writing projects and tests, which means students often have to wait for feedback.
But thanks to machine learning in EdTech, schools can now automatically mark tests and papers, meaning students can receive feedback on an almost continuous basis. Intellimetric One such example is essay grading software that helps teachers revise papers.
The platform uses an AI-powered scoring system to quickly grade essays while providing personalized feedback. The platform supports English, Chinese, Turkish and Spanish languages.
With a feature called “legitimacy detection,” the solution can even reject off-topic or potentially abusive submissions. In parallel, students can submit documents multiple times, allowing them to improve the project without increasing their teacher’s workload.
One of the main advantages of AI-based assessment is its perceived objectivity. Human bias is taken out of the equation, providing a clearer picture of student progress. That said, in recent years, experts have begun to ask whether there is bias in AI.
Take an example from Great Britain.
During the COVID pandemic, the UK canceled A-level exams and instead used an algorithm to determine the scores.
The algorithm took into account the school’s historical performance, each student’s ranking for the subject, the teacher’s assessment of how the exam would fare and the results of past exams. Nearly 40% of students scored below expectations, and a backlash ensued.
The problem was that the system used historical school data to rate individual students. That is, if no one from a school has received the highest grade in the last three years, it is almost impossible for any student to receive it that year.
If we take anything from this episode, automated grading of written assignments should always keep people away from final grading.
3. Reduce administration
Every organization has its fair share of management. In education, this can include admitting new students and entering grades into online reporting systems (for just two).
These days, artificial intelligence can happily do the job, taking over from the educator and potentially saving them hours each week. And the teacher will be in a much better position if they are allowed to spend time preparing the lesson and supporting the students.
A solution that enables this GradescopeAn application that takes care of administrative tasks such as scanning assignments, grading and submitting grades.
It uses image detection technology read the students’ handwriting and identify the answers. It then groups similar answers together, helping teachers grade them all at once instead of going through the same answers multiple times.
The tool also provides insights into student progress through statistics and visualization tools. Better yet, it works across multiple subjects, including math, computer science, chemistry, biology, and more.
4. Provide ongoing support
When there are limited teachers and hundreds (if not thousands) of students, there is no way a teacher can give everyone the attention they deserve.
And students need a lot of feedback to learn effectively, including explanations of material and career advice. Few 75% of US high school students has expressed boredom, anger, fear, sadness or stress at school, which can be overcome with individualized instruction and more focused support.
EdTech platforms that use artificial intelligence can deliver this by tailoring support to each student’s needs and reducing the pressure on teachers.
DLabs.AI recently worked on one An EdTech project for the client, creating a solution that would allow students to search for the types of courses or universities they want to attend. The engine then provides the information in one place (instead of students having to check dozens of websites).
Students can find admission requirements, tuition fees, even scholarship details. They can contact human advisors for more information if needed. And best of all, advisors can see what the student already knows so they can fill in the gaps instead of starting from scratch.
By replacing an outdated search engine with an ElasticSearch-based solution, we minimized costs and improved performance by up to 44%. We also implemented auto-scaling, reducing the number of tasks by up to 75% and improving performance in high-traffic situations.
Let’s make eLearning better with AI
Machine learning and AI in education are improving the e-learning experience, making it more user-centric for teachers and students.
EdTech platforms can now customize curricula, providing a better overall experience and bringing both learners and educators online. And thanks to the power of artificial intelligence, any organization can adjust its setup to meet the needs of each individual user.
In doing so, schools and universities will not only increase retention. They will also find an effective way to increase profits.
Looking to improve your eLearning experience? Contact DLabs.AI today and one of our AI experts will let you know how we can help.