Dr. Vijayan K. Asari, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Wide Area Surveillance, Director, Vision Lab, University of Dayton
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies-based systems enabled through machine learning mimic the structural and behavioral characteristics of human brain. They will be able to perform better than humans in specific tasks for which they are trained. The recent surge of AI technologies empowers the concept of personalized learning in education sector. AI technology can help in the design of customized learning strategies for each student. Individual training materials can be created considering the preferred mode of perception instigated by the student's capability, prior experience and personal preferences. AI can help to update the contents of the lessons and customize them for people with different learning curves. Personalized education can be developed as a universal solution that is adaptively tailored to specific needs of learners and educators.
AI technology can enable a machine to read the expression on a student's face that indicates the level of understanding in a subject. It can the nassist to modify the mode of delivery of lessons to respond to that state of mind. AI with machine learning can identify patterns of facial and body dynamics more precisely than a human eye could handle. It will automatically determine which student understands the materials and which one needs additional assistance. AI systems can eliminate the gap between the lectures and course materials if the students are found to be confused about certain concepts. It can provide appropriate explanations capturing the psychological perspectives of the students enabling everyone to build the same conceptual foundation.
AI powered educational support systems can create a facility for adaptive learning through autonomously generated personal conversations employing voice assistants. All the students will be able to learn at their own pace at any time even in non-educational environments. AI can tune the teaching criteria in synchronization with the emotional states of the students and plan for delivering lectures by citing inspiring contexts. AI supported voice assistance can be employed for guiding the students through the right path while studying their lessons or doing experiments in a laboratory environment. AI systems can report any attention deviation of the students while they are engaged in learning. This would be a great support for keeping the students focused on their topics.
AI systems can be employed as effective substitute for real-world tutoring. Students will be able to learn from anywhere in the world at any time. These systems respond to the personal needs of the students emphasizing at the specific topics of interests. It will recapitulate things in such a way that the students will get special attention by providing individualized examples. AI can provide a personal approach that helps students feel special and increases their engagement which could raise their interest in studies.
Innovative AI technologies can be adopted to create new methods of interacting with students having learning disabilities. AI can assist in developing effective education tools for students with special needs such as hearing impaired, visually impaired, or people with autism spectrum disorder. Autistic students may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills.They may not be able to accept changes in daily activities quite often, instead they may like to repeat certain behaviors. Different AI tools can be built for helping students with special needs to learn new things, pay attention to certain tasks and properly react to things, by understanding their specific requirements in real-time.
AI systems can be used for assisting teachers for facilitating personalized responses to off-the-class queries and questions from students. Students will be able to engage in brilliant and personalized conversations with the AI instructor and get instantaneous assistance. The instructor can also be informed about the learning abilities of the students. AI can provide intelligent support to the instructors in dealing with several task-related duties such as grading written answers, meeting with guardians, etc.
AI technologies can assist for making global classrooms available to students around the world including those who speak different languages employing AI based language translators. This would support the concept of global enrollment removing international boundaries in education bringing more students in digital classes. This facility can help in making high quality education available to even rural areas in developing countries.
AI systems can enhance the efficiency of educational institutions by employing intelligent supports to several administrative tasks such as admissions, budgeting, enrollments, course organizations and facilities management. AI systems can help students to identify the majors where they will succeed based on their demonstrated talents and capabilities. This would lead to a new world of college major selection criteria for future students.
AI technologies can be used to build smart machines for mentoring, create advanced course contents and develop novel teaching methods for personal development of educators. This would assist in collaborating with teachers to create a system where students can learn more efficiently. AI incorporation can build new methodologies of perceiving information through visualization and simulated models in web-based study environments.
AI systems can be designed to adopt a lifelong learning strategy that can acquire and process new experience and create new behavior models. AI technologies can be refined in real-time to ensure the most accurate results by automatically tuning the instructional methods to resolve specific tasks.
AI technologies can enhance the learning efficiency, provide personalization and streamline administrative tasks. They provide more time and freedom to instructors for understanding and adaptability. AI based education can leverage the learning phenomena by choosing the best attributes of expert teachers. It can create an environment that will bring the machines and instructors to work together resulting the best outcomes for students.