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Artificial Intelligence is Becoming a Vital Tool in Education

Given the highly competitive nature of private education, made even more so by the public health and financial crisis of the past few months, AI presents schools with an immediate opportunity to thrive in a new environment, well into the future.

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Given the highly competitive nature of private education, made even more so by the public health and financial crisis of the past few months, AI presents schools with an immediate opportunity to thrive in a new environment, well into the future.

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has had an increasingly profound impact on a number of industries, and education is no exception. Machine-based intelligence, which is the fundamental idea behind AI, is becoming an even more valuable tool for private educational institutions, both now and into the future.

Since the onset of widespread distance learning a few months ago, one of the concerns about virtual classrooms was very understandable—“The computer doesn’t know you the way a teacher knows you.” Many expressed doubt about the idea of a cold and impersonal learning environment, absent the more nuanced and collaborative approach that comes with the in-person classroom experience.

But with AI, that concern is quickly being alleviated, and private educational institutions should strongly consider looking even more into AI-based technologies as learning models, especially with schools re-opening—often with a distance learning component. There is an excellent chance that even if school campuses reopen and bring students back in some capacity, some form of virtual learning environment will still have to remain. And this is where AI can bring major advantages.

For starters, AI allows for a more customized learning environment for the student that is personalized with custom content; rather than the old-fashioned “one size fits all” style associated with using a computer for instruction in the past, AI allows for an individualized learning space for the student. Schools that utilize such technology create an atmosphere much more conducive to learning and retaining new information—much like an actual classroom—and will give the student a better chance to master the material. Students are more engaged, the lessons are more meaningful and the overall school experience is greatly enhanced.

The reason it works so well is AI, like so many modern tools used by business and industry, is all about the collection and utilization of data. Today’s industries, regardless of what they are, are data industries—data collection and usage allows for systems to improve, trends to be identified, content and services to be customized and the necessary resources to be allocated. That is the advantage AI brings to the educational realm; it provides the information needed for lesson plans and instruction to be tailored to the individual student, and in turn this will lead to greater success and a better return on investment.

Think about the gradual reopening that is now taking place as businesses and industries begin to slowly reopen. There is no formal “playbook” on how to navigate such a process, because it’s never happened before. Instead we are relying on data to see us through and forge a path—data tells us about the safest way to re-engage, what needs to be avoided, which populations are most vulnerable and more. With the data collected over the past several months as a guide, the reopening plans become much more strategic and have a better chance of working.

The same applies to the classroom. By having access to data and incorporating that into AI-based platforms, remote learning can occur at its own pace, based on the individual student. Each student generates data-based outcomes through the progress they make, and that data is then used to model further instruction. AI works in this arena because it has hard facts behind it, and again, this leads to a much better chance at a positive result.

Educational institutions should make the investment in AI-based learning platforms, regardless of whether schools reopen in some capacity come the fall. It is an educational benefit that exists independent of this crisis; it’s true that the pandemic necessitated its rapid usage, but the advantages seen in AI-based education go far beyond these past few months. Given the highly competitive nature of private education, made even more so by the public health and financial crisis of the past few months, AI presents schools with an immediate opportunity to thrive in a new environment, well into the future.

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