Artificial Intelligence in E-Learning
Is Artificial Intelligence the next frontier of development?
It’s only been in the last decade that households went from having two TV’s to having multiple computers, tablets and phones. In a world awash with screens, new habits have formed and how we learn may have become forever altered.
Artificial Intelligence, which is characterized by computer systems doing tasks normally done by human beings, has been embraced as the next frontier of development. AI is being applied successfully in education today and it improves learning and student development as well as the teacher’s performance. AI can provide personalized learning which means that the system can adjust the learning content based on student-specific needs and/or weakness. AI can also be used to track the performance of an individual student based on previous grades, participation and performance.
AI provides assistance to teachers as well by reducing their multiple responsibilities such as evaluation, grading, paper setting, creation of mark sheets and tracking the performance of every student. With these tasks made easier for them, they should be able to focus on quality teaching and skill development.
Tutoring programs and learning applications with skill-based curriculum are also being developed across the globe. These Artificial Intelligence-enabled systems will bring global classrooms at our fingertips. However, there is not a lot of agreement on what to do about devices and e-learning as some believe kids develop dependency on readily available solutions which hinders development towards active curiosity and agency.
This can be prevented though by helping children manage their online behaviour in this ever-changing digital landscape. “It’s not how long we’re using them (smartphones), it’s what happens in our brains in response,” says Rich.
It is inevitable – as technology continues to evolve and develop, so too will the way we learn, when the Kenyan education sector is ready.