Dr. Winnie Tang, Honorary Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Hong Kong, has outlined four ways nations can adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to optimizing teaching and learning.
AI holds tremendous promise to improve our educational systems and according to Dr. Winnie, AI can provide customized learning for students and give teachers more time to focus on the most important aspects of education.
However, given the level with which Nigeria has adopted technology, these realities may be farfetched. Presently, the Nigerian government has adopted technology in teaching and learning by equipping teachers, especially N-Power teachers, with technology gadgets, and some States in the Federation have distributed iPads pre-installed with learning aids to students and pupils.
Meanwhile, going forward, for instance, AI can assist the following tasks:
Take over teachers’ routine tasks, such as marking assignments
According to Dr. Winnie, experimental results have shown that using machine learning and predictive modeling, the scores marked by AI matched human grading by as close as 85%.
Virtual teaching assistants can answer many of the questions frequently asked by students
In 2014, a professor from the U.S. Georgia Institute of Technology created a robot teaching assistant, which had provided responses to students’ online questions for five months without being noticed by the students.
Apply adaptive learning
Identify the successful formula, then apply adaptive learning solutions to deliver the right content, at the right time and in the best way for each student, according to his or her individual learning preferences and progress.
Analyze students’ abilities, interests, and potential
With AI, teachers can analyze students’ abilities, interests, and potential through classroom interaction, social media activities, etc., to find out the best learning method for them and even recommend their career path.
With AI taking over some of the administrative tasks, teachers can focus more on guiding the students. For example, many students committing similar mistakes in the same assignment is an indication of a possible problem which needs teachers’ attention and follow-up. Most importantly, the teachers can guide students to make the best use of their strengths and face their life positively.