From healthcare to finance, manufacturing to transportation, Advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming an indispensable tool for improving efficiency, productivity, and innovation. One sector that is no exception is education, with the impact already being felt. But is this impact a necessary and good thing?
One of the most significant impacts of AI on education is its ability to personalize learning. AI-Powered learning platforms can analyse students’ data and create personalised learning paths based on their strengths and weaknesses. With advanced algorithms at their disposal, AI can cater learning needs of specific students easier than that of a teacher with a thousand different responsibilities. This means that students can learn at their own pace and get the support they need to succeed.
AI-powered learning platforms can also adapt to students’ learning styles. For example, some students may prefer visual learning, while others may learn better through audio. AI can thus analyse students’ preferences and deliver content in the format that suits them best.
The transformation of assessments is another impact AI can conquer. Whilst traditionally exams have been based on memorization and recall, AI-powered assessments can evaluate students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills at a far faster pace than one teacher can. As well as being faster, AI is more likely to be accurate in its marking than humans, as one teacher marking 100 papers could easily make slip up due to endurance, whereas AI does not have that flaw. Any considerable biased will also be removed by AI when it comes to factors regarding names, genders, and ethnicities. Equally, however, critics are already beginning to show how AI can be used to create an academic piece rather than review one. Mike Sharples, an Emeritus Professor, and author, took to Twitter to expose how he made AI produce a full literature review, documenting the steps of doing so.
It must be noted, with AI, there could be a sense of depersonalisation lost when looking to AI to provide education. Many students thrive off communication and a healthy environment in a classroom. With AI powering a lesson, students may find it, for a lack of better words – robotic.
With the rise of ChatGPT, academics have expressed concern about the flawless-looking academic essays produced by the AI. Debarka Sengupta, an AI expert based in New Dehli has stated “everyone in India knows about ChatGPT”however shared worries that if students rely heavily on it they will become “extremely incompetent and addicted.”
Not all academics have come with criticism for ChatGPT, however. Daniel Lametti, a Candian Psycholinguist at Acadia University in Nova has argued that whilst maths has calculators, ChatGPT would operate in a similar formula to benefit academic texts. With calculators drastically changing mathematics, we could be on the verge of witnessing AI drastically changing academic essay-based subjects.
Editorial Credit: Sushmita Regmi
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