Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots are bringing new trajectories into our lives, as they continue to help us create faster and more efficient methods to aid us in our work. They have already become standard elements in our lives, and have found their uses in being competent assistants to helping us order pizza.
As its reach becomes broader by the day, chatbots and artificial intelligence have found newer ways to incorporate themselves in the education system. With an exponential growth experienced in the education sector with regard to technology, their application finds immense use within age groups ranging from kindergarten to K-12. Some of these innovations can channelize teaching methodologies to be more related to the student; AI and chatbots help personalize the education experience for children of all grades.
With newer technology reaching the market that targets the student, parent and teacher community, here is a list of 5 applications we've compiled to give you an overview of how AI and chatbots model the current education system:
It takes time for a teacher to read through an essay, or go through an assignment that's complete with side notes of where the student could improve. It has been a struggle, something the education system has considered completely revamping.
By feeding a machine learning algorithm with thousands of similar assignments or tests, people have realized that replacing a human when it comes to grading is the best option. By invoking the help of technology, a teacher can utilize the time to form study schedules and extra classes in the case of a student that struggles in a certain subject. Auto-grading, which is its tech name, allows this facility, and has proven to be a useful tool to a teacher as well as a student.
The spacing effect, which is repeating old lessons when you are about to forget them, is an optimal learning hack. Polish inventor Piotr Wozniak, came up with a learning app built around the spacing effect. What this app allows you to do, is to keep a track of what you learn, and when you learn it. This gives the app enough information about when you're most likely to forget a lesson, and reminds you to go through the specific lesson. The number of repetitions for a specified lesson allow information to stick around for a couple of years.
Chatbots find their usage in conducting surveys for collecting teacher feedback. As teachers get busy and only conduct term-end surveys, chatbots take the wheel and collect opinions through a conversational interface with the same advantages as that of an interview. The conversation is also personalized: its tailored according to the personality of the student, and follow-up questions are backed with the appropriate reasons. As chatbots bring together information about a teacher such as grading, peer feedback, assessments, and other such data sources, it becomes possible for a teacher to obtain a full picture of their teaching performance.
Chatbots can take up the role of teaching assistants, which are able to answer queries students put forth in a fast and accurate manner. Computers that take up the role of chatbots require immense amounts of data from various sources, including forums and websites. These questions are fed to the system, which processes the data, and provides an accurate answer for the questions a student asks the chatbot. Answering common questions is a perfect application for a chatbot and a much more interactive approach than using an FAQ-tab.
To mirror the use of an Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant, universities such as the Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, have developed the first ever chatbot campus genie. After its operation, the chatbot has been successfully able to answer questions regarding campus life. Ranging from questions about the nearest lecture hall, applying for the next semester's class, submitting assignments and finding parking spaces, can be handled by the genie. Since the swarm of incoming students mostly ask the same type of questions, it became the perfect opportunity for a chatbot to take over the responsibility.
This supports a more personalized approach to on-campus services that appeal to a large crowd. The system also helps lower the burden on stressed-out faculty, as they no longer have to explain the same things over and over again to a different crop of students. The system has expanded over the past few years to incorporate tougher tasks in the future.