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How Utilizing AI Can Change Education 

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the field of education—particularly continuing education. Learning does not stop following graduation from a formal education program. Many people spend their lives learning new skills or improving on existing ones. Lifelong learning can be accomplished through in-person classes, online courses, or a hybrid of both.

Because people can learn in a variety of ways, AI is able to take learning to the next level by providing the ability to customize the experience to the individual. By tracking facial movements, microexpressions, and other behaviors, AI software can try to identify ways to keep the user engaged.

Benefits of AI in Education

The main benefits of leveraging AI in education include:

  • The ability to personalize learning: Everyone is different. AI technology can help people learn in the best format for them. As a result, this can improve learning speeds and success rates. It can can also provide teachers with valuable data on student performance. This information will allow teachers to see when students are struggling. They’ll then be able to intervene early and prevent students from falling behind.
  • More time for teachers: A teacher’s work does not end in the classroom. Teachers create tests, check exams and homework, and much more. By using an AI assistant for administrative tasks, a teacher can save time. That time can then be used to improve upon lesson plans and provide guidance to students.
  • Remaining current with technology: In order to mitigate the learning curve, employers can make sure their staff is knowledgeable on using AI. This will also make employees feel like they are keeping up with technology rather than being replaced by it.

Drawbacks/Ethical AI Education

While there is no official definition for ethical AI, it is generally interpreted as using AI for the general good of the public.

“We’re seeing AI tools that can take lots of data around career pathways and make recommendations about what students can study. So we’ve got AI informing decisions made by young people,” says Toby Baker of Nesta.

As the use of AI continues to grow and expand into various industries, there will be an increasing number of people who will have to interact with AI without understanding how it arrives at its conclusions and predictions. Baker believes that there needs to be better communication between those who develop the technology and the end-users.

It’s also vital that the users understand how their data is being managed during the machine learning process. It could be concerning to know your facial movements are being monitored without knowing the purpose behind the tracking.

Using Artificial Intelligence Ethically

With growing questions around AI and ethics, there has never been a greater need for practical artificial intelligence and ethics training. IEEE offers continuing education that provides professionals with the knowledge needed to integrate AI within their products and operations.

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Design, a two-part online course program, helps organizations apply the theory of ethics to the design and business of AI systems. It also serves as useful supplemental material in academic settings.

Contact an IEEE Content Specialist to learn more about how this program can benefit your organization.

Interested in getting the course for yourself? Visit the IEEE Learning Network (ILN) today!

Resources

Salak, Bill. (8 October 2019). 3 ways AI is changing education right now (and in the future). eSchoolNews

Courtois, Jean-Philippe. (7 October 2019). How AI is transforming education and skills development. Microsoft.

Luckin, Rose; Seldon, Anthony Seldon; Lakhani, Priya. (30 September 2019). The benefits of AI and machine learning. The Guardian.

Frank, Aaron. (24 September 2019). New AI Systems Are Here to Personalize Learning. Singularity Hub.

Freeze, James. (27 September 2019). An AI Education: Overcoming Fear Of The Innovation Cycle. Forbes.

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