Modern education is often seen as a synonym of learning management software and the ability to deliver learning materials and tests across all major platforms. While it sounds very convenient to both educational institutions and students, there are still a few challenges modern education has to overcome to become widely accessible.
Most of these challenges are related to the increasing number of students, big data, and the ability to deliver feedback information instantly. Whether it is grading, offering personalized learning paths, or providing instant replies to students’ questions, automation technologies, such as chatbot automation, have the answer.
Let’s see in what ways automation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cognitive computing, and chatbot automation bring change forward.
Big Data: Adaptive Learning For Everyone
There are no two students with the same learning styles. Adapting the learning experiences to unique learning styles is borderline impossible if done manually, that is. Why? If they want to do it, an educational institution has to be able to monitor students to assess their performance during studying continually. With resources already stretched thin, this could not be done without immensely increasing education costs.
Thanks to big data, schools and universities can now analyze the data footprint of each student and offer adaptive learning paths to everyone. With insight into student learning patterns and preferences, teachers won’t lose their precious time on techniques that don’t yield results. In other words, they will be able to do their jobs more efficiently.
Chatbot Automation: Intelligent Tutoring, Instant Replies & More
The chances are that tutoring is never going to become obsolete in education systems. It merely offers too many benefits to be cast aside. These benefits range from improved academic performance and improved attitude towards learning to enhanced work and study habits and facilitated self-paced and self-directed learning.
In the world of modern education, students have the means to ask their questions instantly. Unfortunately, due to staff limitations, schools and universities cannot provide instant replies, thus missing out on valuable opportunities to deliver efficient tutoring services.
Chatbot automation resolves all of these pain points. Equipped with AI, machine learning, and natural language processing, chatbots can deliver intelligent and custom-tailored tutoring services across different communication channels.
“Our chatbots have already brought chatbot automation revolution to several verticals, including customer service, hospitality, e-commerce, and many others. Here at Snatchbot.me, we are delighted to see chatbot automation coming to the education sector as well,” said Henri Ben Ezra, CEO of SnatchBot, “Thanks to chatbots students can get instant answers wherever they are.”
Cognitive Computing: Customized Learning Materials
Imagine being able to link learning patterns and learning materials to students’ grades and their overall performance. This type of knowledge can empower educational institutions to deliver customized learning materials for every student. Doing it manually, step by step is virtually impossible.
Cognitive computing is the cutting edge technology that incorporates AI, signal processing, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and natural language processing. Thanks to all these technological achievements, cognitive computing can automate the creation of customized learning materials.
The best thing about it is that teachers and students don’t have to make an additional effort. The system learns from student’s learning behavior, cross-references their learning habits to learning materials and achievements, to identify the best type of learning material for each student on board.
Artificial Intelligence: Automated Grading & Course Creation
Teachers spend hours upon hours every year on grading students and creating courses. These are repetitive tasks, and if automation has taught us anything so far – repetition is an indication for automation applicability.
AI can handle as many scoring models as needed, which makes it very easy to apply automated grading across courses. Teachers will also spend less time creating courses each year. AI can learn from past interactions with students, their interaction with learning materials, and achievements at the end of the semester.
AI can identify sections that are too difficult or complex to students and replace them with relevant and more engaging substitutes. It can also pinpoint the difficult-to-understand concepts and offer alternative lessons to promote knowledge retention and knowledge transfer.
Deep Learning: Personalized Textbooks and Materials
When it comes to automated course creation, we have to address the automated creation of personalized textbooks and learning materials. To bring the change forward that matters, textbooks, and learning materials have to offer a lot more than just a personalization in terms of preferred content type and amount of new information that has to be retained.
Skills and competences also make students differ from one another. Deep learning technology can automate personalized textbooks and materials creation basing the decisions on students’ lack of knowledge and weak spots. Students stand in line to benefit from excellent personalized study guides. On top of that, teachers no longer have to spend hours upon hours to create textbooks. Now they will have more time to focus on their students and their actual needs.
Automation technologies are bound to change modern education and make it more student-focused. Relevant and on spot intelligent tutoring powered by chatbot automation, automated grading and course creation enabled by AI and personalized courses brought by deep learning are all carrying the change forward.
Thanks to the abundance of automation applications in the educational sector, it is safe to assume that we will see a lot of new ones in the foreseeable future.