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Webrain Reports Archive

#212 – Innovative Education/Training with AI Technology

Artificial intelligence, once restricted to the world of science fiction, is now a widespread and somewhat commonplace tool throughout business and other sectors. The public is most aware of high-profile demonstrations that match computers against human experts, but less well-known are AI advances in areas such as education. AI-based education tools are spreading rapidly, and generally fall into three categories:

 

  • Smart content, which helps teachers optimize their time by having the machines take over the repetitive tasks and freeing the teachers to spend more time working directly with the students.

  • Intelligent tutoring systems (or adaptive learning), which learns about the specific learning needs of each student and then creates customized coursework.

  • Virtual Facilitators and Learning Environments, which present a virtual human interface to the students.

Central to any discussion of applying tech tools to education is an understanding of the different types of skills that are developed during a student’s academic journey. The cognitive skills, such as math and spatial processing, have a strong link to the creation and use of technology, and are often the types of skills thought of when considering AI tools. But what of the non-cognitive skills, those that encompass service and social skill task, as well as nonroutine reasoning? Fortunately, tech can help with those as well. As one expert puts it, “Using technology is one great way to show students that when we are brave and try new things, sometimes we are going to fail.”

 

In this report, Webrain looks at the Innovative Education/Training with AI Technology to assess how AI is being used today and how the market is set to develop in the coming years.