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5 Articles To Get Teachers Thinking about Ai in Education
Ai technology is on the rise. There is no avoiding it for educators.
So that you can better prepare students and curricula
If you haven’t been thinking about how Ai is affecting your classroom or how your child learns, you probably want to keep an eye out for discussions about Ai in education.
With the speedy advancements in Ai technology, we will all be dealing with Ai in multiple ways… not all negative or scary.
Here are just a few of the more positive article summaries about how Ai can improve higher education.
One of the primary ways Ai will change higher education is its ability to personalize education through data collection and analysis, as well as through the automation of mundane tasks. Ai can take over repetitive tasks that do not need human intervention. For example:
Administrative assistant (automatioin of administrative tasks)
Teaching assistant (automation of classroom tasks)
Smart tutors (automation of personal tasks)
Ai technology cannot replace these human components, but they can lighten the workload in higher education.
We naturally fear the idea of Ai in higher education. But universities can transform practices and adopt new artificial intelligence technology in ways that enhance human components.
With students more interested in personalized learning, Ai has the potential to provide increased opportunities for learning to more students at one time. Sure, professors can do this, but tailoring learning for large classes takes an incredible amount of time and money.
Ai won’t likely replace the instructional practices in higher education, but it can help us redefine the way students learn and the way we interact with students if professors adapt their skill sets.
In the end, Ai may provide us with more time to do research or interact with students in a more humanly authentic way.
After all, clicking check boxes in our LMS isn’t exactly student contact.
Educational technology researcher Mike Sharples says the rise of Ai means teachers will have to change the way they teach and understand the interactions among learning styles and environmental and personal factors to shape how we learn.
Instructors will have to spend more time thinking about how Ai writing influences content. Ai can summarize long and complicated texts pretty well. Machines are also good at creating formulaic stories, making it easier for people to fake this kind of writing.
We need to be careful what we assign. Anything formulaic assignment can be replicated with an Ai. Writing a formulaic story or summary can easily be done by a computer (or plagiarized for that matter). We need to move our assignments a step further.
As educators, if we are setting students assignments that can be answered by Ai, are we really helping students learn?
The strongest initial growth in educational Ai is expected on the administrative side, as opposed to the classroom. Ai has the potential to increase adaptive learning capabilities, tailoring curricula and activities to each individual student.
Companies have already started incorporating adaptive Ai in children’s toys, for example:
Sesame Street is working with IBM to create an Elmo doll that works more in an adaptive learning style
Hanson Robotics has Professor Einstein, a robot that can answer questions about scientific subjects
In higher education, we have to be ready when artificial intelligence comes on campus, and there are a few things we need to consider when we’re doing that:
Don’t just think about how to counter Ai technology, think how it can be used in the right way.
Explore how the students coming to us will already be familiar with artificial intelligence and what their expectations will be from us.
Incorporate lessons that help students think about Ai’s effect on their profession.
If we put more artificial intelligence planning into our curriculum, students will be better prepared for adapting to these new technologies as they come into being.
Higher education is all about developing skills, exploring new theories, and applying them to the actualities of real life. Throughout this journey, students are encouraged to stay on top of their workload, study, and complete assessments all while simultaneously leading a healthy, active, and balanced social life.
Instead of using a one-module-fits-all curriculum that relies on static books, we should look to Ai to help us better tailor student experience.
The results of completed tasks, geolocation, as well as uploads of videos and photos make possible a personalized program based on the needs of the student. Subsequently, individual development pathways with AI assistants can be created for each student.
Ai can put students on a personal development pathway based on their digital footprints.
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