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The Impact of AI In Online Education

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes increasingly integrated into our workplaces, daily lives, and educational settings, educators globally are reassessing the fundamental goals of education in light of its profound impacts. Within Teach For All and the LEGO Foundation, we recognize AI’s potential to expedite the much-needed evolution of education systems, fostering inclusive learning environments that equip youth for success and enable them to contribute positively to society.

Simultaneously, we acknowledge significant opportunities for educators to leverage AI technologies to enrich their teaching methodologies and elevate their professional journey.

Ways in which AI tools can assist both educators and students.

Our aspiration is that the emergence of AI will encourage collaboration among educators, students, parents, and policymakers to deliberate on the essential skills our students require to navigate uncertainty, tackle intricate problems, and craft purposeful paths in an evolving economy. This entails embracing the task of delivering education that cultivates autonomy, mindfulness, analytical thinking, problem-solving abilities, connectivity, and overall well-being. We are witnessing that AI tools, when employed by proficient and adequately supported educators, can be immensely beneficial in advancing towards this goal.

An insight into the application of AI tools within a classroom setting

Tom Alex, formerly a tutor in Do My Online Class For  Me,, suggests that AI has the potential to enhance teacher efficiency across various domains such as lesson planning, differentiation, grading, feedback provision, teacher-parent communication, and professional development.

In Houston TX, educators are starting to witness the efficiency and convenience that AI brings to their profession. Sarah Smith, who previously a AI researcher wrote in her notes that a growing number of teachers from USA utilizing AI to assess children’s literacy levels, pinpoint areas of difficulty, and enrich personalised learning experiences.

Similarly, in the US state of Illinois, Bill Anderson, an 8th-grade math teacher, compares ChatGPT to “a personalized 1:1 tutor that is immensely beneficial for students.”

Fair and just utilization of AI within the realm of education

We envision significant potential for AI to motivate educators worldwide to shift their focus from mundane administrative tasks towards accelerating students’ growth and learning, thereby enhancing the satisfaction derived from teaching.

However, it is crucial to remain vigilant to ensure that AI promotes fairness and excellence. We are all familiar with instances where technology has been used to streamline lesson planning, highlighting the necessity to continually refine AI to prevent the replication of existing biases.

AI tools have the potential to catalyse the transformation of our education systems, but this can only be achieved through a commitment to a collective vision of equitable and comprehensive education that fosters the success of all children. To ensure that AI benefits all students, particularly those who are most marginalised, we advocate for consideration of the following principles:

1. Co-creation: Facilitate collaboration between ed-tech leaders and equity-minded educators from diverse backgrounds to develop AI applications grounded in effective pedagogy, tailored to local needs and cultural contexts, and designed to mitigate existing biases and inequities.

2. Accessibility: Empower educators to embrace and implement AI technologies by providing open-access resources and collaborative platforms to help integrate AI into their practices, thereby reducing administrative burdens and enabling personalised learning.

3. Digital literacy: Invest in foundational IT skills and AI literacy to bridge the digital divide, ensuring equitable access to devices, internet connectivity, and digital literacy training for both teachers and students to overcome barriers to technology adoption.

4. Exemplary practices: Gather and disseminate inspiring examples of educators leveraging technology to amplify student voice, foster curiosity, and promote agency, thereby encouraging other teachers to explore similar approaches to AI integration.

5. Innovation and adaptability: Partner with school leaders to facilitate teacher professional development and cultivate a culture of innovation and adaptability. Recognize and incentivize educators for innovative applications of AI, encourage peer-to-peer learning, and provide specialised training opportunities.

Teaching in an Era of Artificial Intelligence

Chris Dede, a Senior Researcher, expresses minimal concern regarding the increasing apprehension surrounding generative artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT in education. With decades of experience researching emerging technologies, Dede has observed numerous instances where new technologies promised to revolutionize the field. Instead, he emphasizes that artificial intelligence necessitates educators to enhance their approach to teaching to fully capitalize on its potential. According to Dede, “The key to understanding AI lies in reshaping our educational goals. Educating individuals solely for tasks where AI excels sets them up for competition with AI. However, focusing on areas where AI falls short leads to Intelligence Augmentation (IA).” As the associate director of research for the National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education, Dede highlights that AI sets a higher standard and holds substantial potential to revolutionize learning methodologies.

In the Harvard EdCast episode, Dede delves into the necessity for the education sector to adapt and enhance its strategies to collaborate with, rather than oppose, artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence (AI) significantly shapes the current landscape of education.

Artificial intelligence (AI) exerts significant influence on the current state of education, with profound implications. It holds the potential to revolutionize the operations of our education system, enhance institutional competitiveness, and empower educators and learners across all proficiency levels.

Dan Ayoub serves as the general manager of education at Microsoft.

The opportunities for AI to bolster education are vast, prompting Microsoft to commission research on this subject from IDC to identify areas where the company can contribute. The findings underscore the strategic importance of AI in education and underscore the necessity for technologies and competencies to actualize the potential of AI

The research revealed nearly unanimous recognition among educators regarding the importance of AI for their future endeavors. A staggering 99.4% acknowledged AI’s instrumental role in their institution’s competitiveness over the next three years, with 15% describing it as a transformative force. Furthermore, almost all educators are actively engaging with AI, with 92% reporting that they have initiated experiments with the technology.However, a significant obstacle persists as most institutions lack a formal data strategy or practical measures to advance their AI capabilities, which acts as a critical inhibitor. This finding suggests that while the majority of education leaders recognize the necessity of an AI strategy, they may encounter challenges in implementing one. This gap may stem from a lack of clarity on how to initiate the process or a dearth of knowledge on where to commence.

David Kellermann has emerged as a trailblazer in integrating AI into the classroom. At the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Kellermann has developed a question bot capable of autonomously answering queries or providing video excerpts from previous lectures. Furthermore, the bot can flag student questions for teaching assistants (TAs) to address, and its proficiency improves with exposure to a wider range of questions over time.

Kellermann initiated the transformation of his classroom using a single Surface laptop and employed platforms like Microsoft Teams to encourage collaboration among his students. Leveraging the Microsoft Power Platform, he created the question bot, and he also designed a dashboard using Power BI to visualize the class’s exam scores and generate personalized study materials based on individual students’ performance.

While educators recognize AI’s importance in enhancing their institutions’ competitiveness, many institutions still lack a formal data strategy to advance AI implementation.

Kellermann’s project exemplifies a fundamental principle applicable across various industries when adopting AI and machine learning—starting with a clear objective, commencing with modest initiatives, and progressively expanding capabilities. The potential applications of AI are extensive, and even sophisticated organizations can become overwhelmed attempting to implement too much too quickly. Often, it boils down to setting attainable goals and building from there.

As AI initiatives evolve and become more sophisticated, access to experts proficient in technology and capable of establishing appropriate systems becomes crucial. To embark on an AI journey, institutions require access to requisite tools, technologies, and expertise.

This is a primary focus of Microsoft—to support educational institutions and classrooms. While some institutions have made significant strides in leveraging the potential of AI technologies in the classroom, there is considerable work yet to be done. Over the coming years, AI’s impact will manifest in various ways, including optimizing operations and processes, implementing data-driven programs to enhance effectiveness, conserving energy through smart buildings, and creating secure and conducive learning environments.

However, perhaps the most profound and far-reaching impact of AI lies in its potential to revolutionize teaching methods and learning experiences, thereby maximizing student success and preparing them for the future. Collective intelligence tools can streamline tasks such as grading, enabling teachers and TAs to dedicate more time to students. AI can identify students facing challenges through behavioral cues and provide timely interventions.

Moreover, AI has the potential to foster greater inclusivity—by offering language translation services, for instance, enabling students from diverse backgrounds to participate more actively in classes or lectures. Institutions like Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies are leveraging AI to facilitate experiential learning for students while addressing real-world issues, such as Our Ability, a platform assisting individuals with disabilities in securing employment.

AI can also facilitate truly personalized learning experiences, overcoming a significant limitation of the prevailing one-to-many education model. Kellermann’s personalized learning system in Sydney exemplifies the present-day feasibility of such technology.

Given its significance, institutions within the 92% should start envisioning the impact they can achieve with AI technologies today. Whether it involves expediting paper grading or enabling teachers to devote more time to students, having a clear objective is essential, followed by aspirational thinking.

While this movement is still in its nascent stages, there is an opportunity for institutions to learn from each other. As our customers develop increasingly sophisticated systems, Microsoft is evolving and innovating alongside them, providing the tools, technologies, and services necessary to realize the vision for AI.

Author Bio:

Zeeshan has served as an AVP – Digital Marketer, where he applied his skills in search engine optimization, Google Analytics, online marketing, eBook marketing, book publication, including book sales, and social media marketing to boost the visibility and traffic of various websites and projects. Zeeshan is certified in inbound marketing, Google Analytics, and Search Console. His aim is to employ his marketing expertise and technical know-how to create engaging and informative content for online audiences.

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