Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing every area of society, and education is no exception. The global market for AI educational applications was already worth $400 million in 2017, according to Global Market Insights research. Over the next seven years, this will explode at a compound annual growth rate of 45 percent to reach $6 billion by 2024. Educational AI is helping students receive personal digital assistance without the need for a human tutor, using automation to assess student performance, evaluate needs and provide customized guidance.
Whether you’re currently in school or not, AI platforms can help you learn knowledge and skills more efficiently and more quickly. Here’s a look at three ways using an AI platform can help you learn.
Digital assistants have become mainstream over the past through years through the popularity of voice-powered AI systems such as Amazon Alexa. Educational technology providers have extended this concept to develop digital tutors that can guide you through the learning process. For example, Carnegie Learning’s Mika math courseware uses AI to analyze a student’s learning progress as well as the method they use to solve problems. It then applies this information to provide hints and real-time feedback, delivering a digital one-to-one learning experience.
Another popular digital tutor solution is Socratic, recently released for Android devices. With Socratic, a student can take a picture of a question or enter an answer directly into the interface. The system will then analyze what concepts are needed in order to solve the problem, using the results to suggest educator-created content such as videos and definitions that supplies the required information. Some AI-powered digital tutoring technology is cloud-based, but for the fastest real-time guidance, you’ll want to use an AI platform that supports on-device AI, such as a mobile phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 mobile platform.
Another valuable AI learning tool is smart content. Widely used in marketing as well as education, smart content uses artificial intelligence to analyze big data generated by user input in order to create customized content geared towards the individual user. In an educational context, smart content can be applied in a variety of helpful ways.
For example, Facts101 uses AI to automatically analyze textbooks in order to provide condensed flashcard notes and outlines highlighting key material, saving students time reading and underlining. Facts101 also provides AI-generated practice tests. Another smart content platform, smartED from Netex, helps educators analyze, optimize and customize their content.
Learning Management Systems
Another powerful digital education technology that has started to incorporate artificial intelligence is learning management system (LMS) platforms. You can think of an LMS platform as sort of a social media platform for education. LMS platforms provide an online learning environment that educators can use to deliver educational content, communicate with students, administer tests, track performance and solicit student feedback. When AI is applied to LMS platforms, they can be used to personalize content for individual students, analyze individual performance and provide customized learning tips.
The integration of LMS with AI is still in its early stages, but some companies have taken a lead in pioneering efforts using AI LMS to promote both academic learning and learning of practical skill sets in a business context. For instance, Zoomi helps companies optimize their training by using AI to evaluate employee knowledge levels, personalize content for individuals, and analyze and guide learning performance.
By providing digital tutoring, creating smart content and optimizing learning management systems, artificial intelligence is making learning more efficient for students, employees and entrepreneurs. Tapping into AI-powered learning tools can help you focus on where you need help so you can learn faster and easier with less stress.