Artificial Intelligence has, over the years, had an impact on various industries, including education, travel, and the gaming experience. There are also lots of predictions on the future of AI, which poses threats to a lot of people, especially in the job sector. A 2017 report predicted that artificial intelligence will take 800 million jobs worldwide by 2030, and in the US alone, about 39 to 73 million jobs might be eliminated. With this report, it is no doubt that the education sector will also be influenced by artificial intelligence.
However, a study on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on higher education shows that there might be limits. Considering that many of the things involved in education might not be easily automated. For example, it might not be able to detect irony, sarcasm, and humor or the repetitive use of punctuation marks. Regardless of these limits, the study further showed that there is consistent evidence that “AI solutions open a new horizon of possibilities for teaching and learning in higher education.”
With the consistent progress of artificial intelligence in different fields over the years, here are a few ways AI will help change and shape the future of higher education:
1. Personalized Learning
Universities are already taking advantage of the Personalized Learning AI that is designed with each student’s specific needs in mind. This was built with the impression that all students are not the same and cannot learn at the same pace, even when exposed to the same learning condition. This doesn’t only benefit the students but also helps educators with excess manual work and to better understand the unique academic need of each student.
2. Faster and More Personalized College Admissions
Many administrative activities, such as course registration, housing selection, and visa processes, can be automated with AI, which makes it faster. Each student will also be able to receive personalized help without putting an extra workload on the administration.
3. Robot Teachers
Humanoid robots have been in existence since 2013 after being first designed as a teaching resource for kids with autism. Robot teacher has since improved and earlier this year, a humanoid teaching assistant called YUKI was unveiled in The Philipps University of Marburg- Germany. Yuki can sense how the students are doing academically and can also give tests. However, the robot is still being assisted by the professor and cannot replace him. In subsequent years, there will be more humanoid robots like Yuki that will do even more, but the possibility of it replacing human professors is uncertain.
4. Beyond Classroom Learning
Lots of people have maximized the benefits of online classrooms in recent years, as it helps create an environment of learning via the Internet. However, as AI in education develops, students will have the opportunity to study wherever, whenever and on their desired learning platforms. Some universities already have classrooms equipped for smart and active learning, which makes education more fun and interactive and would encourage more people to embrace deeper learning approaches.
Will AI Replace Educators?
While this could be a possibility, there is little chance that educators will completely be replaced. However, incorporating AI into the education sector poses more pros than cons, which is the future we look forward to.