I believe that the recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) offer immense opportunities for the field of education. The recent developments in artificial intelligence have created a wave of fear-based responses in the education sector. Many schools and policymakers have reacted to the rise of AI by creating software that can detect AI-generated content and punish students for plagiarism. Similarly, some school districts have banned the use of AI in classrooms, citing concerns about the impact of AI on teacher autonomy and the potential loss of jobs. Despite the potential benefits of AI in education, these fear-based responses have hindered its progress and limited its potential to revolutionize the way we teach and learn. It is true that harnessing the benefits of AI-enabled content will force us to change our education system but this should not be seen as a problem. We are firmly in the 21st century yet our education system has changed little since Rousseau’s times. It is time we prepare new generations not for the challenges we have faced but for those that are yet to be encountered.
This paper has been written by a human and a machine to showcase the opportunities posed by AI-enabled content.
AI can become a personal tutor
One of the most significant benefits of AI in education is the potential for personalised learning. By leveraging AI, we can create educational content and teaching approaches tailored to the individual needs and preferences of each student. For instance, ChatGPT can be used to teach students a particular topic by providing interactive and engaging content that adapts to their level of understanding. This approach can significantly enhance the learning experience and help students achieve better learning outcomes. In addition to personalised learning, AI can also provide real-time feedback and assistance to students, making it easier for them to practice new skills and acquire knowledge. Lastly, AI can assist in creating adaptive assessments that adjust the level of difficulty to match the student’s understanding of the topic, thus ensuring that they receive a fair and accurate evaluation of their knowledge.
Moreover, AI can also help students improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills by offering them interactive and challenging activities. AI can simulate real-world scenarios and present students with a variety of problems to solve, allowing them to develop creative thinking and decision-making skills. This marks a sharp turn from knowledge-focused model of education that often leaves young graduates unprepared to face work challenges. According to the YouGov’s survey, 67% of employers claimed that schools do not equip students with necessary work skills, such as communication and time-management. AI-enabled content can quickly adapt to the changing world of work and provide young people with the skills required by their future employers, including AI skills. A recent survey has shown that already 90% of employers are looking for candidates who can effectively use ChatGPT. Many jobs are likely to be eliminated in the near future. However, the replacement will not be AI, as some people fear, but a person using AI who can harness the new technology for new opportunities for growth and success.
AI can help reduce global inequalities
One of the most promising aspects of AI in education is its potential to address the challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries in providing access to quality education. With limited resources and infrastructure, these countries often struggle to provide equitable and effective learning opportunities to all students. According to UNESCO, there are 258 million children and youth who are out of school worldwide, with low- and middle-income countries accounting for 97 percent of this population. AI-powered educational tools and platforms can provide affordable and accessible solutions to these issues.
In addition to the benefits of personalised learning, translation, and feedback, AI can also uniquely support education in low- and middle-income countries in several ways. Firstly, AI-powered tools can offer remote and online learning opportunities to students in remote areas, enabling them to access educational resources and support without needing to travel to a physical classroom. Secondly, AI can help create content that is culturally relevant and specific to the needs of the local population. By using natural language processing and sentiment analysis, AI can ensure that educational content is respectful and appropriate for the local community. Thirdly, AI can provide early warning systems to identify students who are at risk of dropping out or falling behind in their studies. This can help educators intervene early and provide targeted support to help these students succeed.
By embracing AI-powered tools and platforms, we can create a more equitable and effective education system that empowers students to reach their full potential. AI can help in the development of curriculum and assessment frameworks that align with international standards and best practices. This can help ensure that students everywhere in the world can receive a high-quality education that prepares them for success in the global economy. Moreover, AI-enabled platforms can facilitate collaboration and communication between educators and students across different regions and countries, promoting cross-cultural understanding and knowledge-sharing. AI has the potential to provide students in the low-and middle-income countries with the same quality of education as their high-income peers, decreasing the difference in their future job opportunities and income levels.
AI cannot achieve it all alone
To fully realize these opportunities, we need to take practical action. Here are three action points for educators, policy makers, and technology creators.
First axis: educators
Educators hold significant responsibility in the process of exploring and embracing the use of AI in the classroom. This involves understanding the potential benefits of AI-enabled tools and platforms and integrating them into lesson plans and teaching methods. For instance, teachers can use ChatGPT to provide personalised feedback and support to students. Educators can also experiment with AI-fueled content creation tools to develop engaging and interactive educational materials that adapt to the needs and preferences of each student.
Furthermore, teachers should also be trained to effectively use and integrate AI-powered tools and platforms in their teaching practices. This can include training on the use of AI tools for content creation, assessment, and feedback, as well as on how to integrate the new technology into existing lesson plans and curricula. Alongside the training, educators can collaborate with experts and researchers to explore new approaches to teaching and learning that leverage the potential of the new technology. This can involve participating in research studies and pilots to test the effectiveness of AI-enabled tools and platforms in different learning contexts. It can also involve engaging with software developers and start-ups to provide feedback on the design and development of AI-based educational products to ensure that they meet the needs of both educators and students.
Second axis: policymakers
Then, let us consider the responsibility of policymakers to invest in the development of AI educational tools and platforms, particularly for low- and middle-income countries. Policymakers can create funding programs to support the development and implementation of the tech tools that cater to the unique needs and challenges of students in these countries. They can also provide tax incentives and other financial support to encourage private sector investment.
To ensure that these resources are accessible and affordable for all students, policymakers should prioritise the development of AI-based educational tools and platforms that are specifically designed for low- and middle-income countries. This can involve creating content that is culturally relevant and specific to the needs and preferences of the local population. Policymakers can also work with tech developers to create user-friendly interfaces that are accessible to students with limited technological literacy.
Additionally, policymakers can support the development of partnerships between tech developers, educators, and researchers by creating platforms for knowledge-sharing and funding joint research initiatives. Furthermore, this collaboration may be facilitated by supportive policy frameworks and regulations. This can involve creating guidelines for the ethical use of AI, including data privacy, security, and transparency. Lastly, policymakers can also develop standards for the evaluation and certification of AI-powered educational products to ensure that they meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness.
Third axis: tech
Lastly, technology creators, in particular those specalising in educational technology, have the ability to design and develop AI-powered educational tools and platforms that cater to the unique needs and preferences of educators and students. This involves understanding the challenges faced by educators and students and developing AI-powered products that address these challenges in innovative and effective ways.
To ensure that AI-powered educational tools and platforms are effective, user-friendly, and accessible, tech should prioritise user experience (UX) design and conduct rigorous testing and evaluation. This can involve conducting user research to understand the needs and preferences of users, as well as conducting usability testing to ensure that the product is intuitive and easy to use. Technology companies can also leverage data analytics and AI to continuously monitor and improve the effectiveness and impact of their products. Although there is a threat of misusing personal data for unauthorised commercial use, this threat is not only limited to AI. The recent congressional hearings of the leadership of Meta and Tiktok emphasises the urgent need for strong regulation of data usage, particularly in the countries with weak GDPR protection.
Lastly, technology creators should prioritise the development of AI educational tools and platforms that promote equity, inclusion, and accessibility. In practice, it means ensuring that the tools created are adapted to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as students with learning disabilities. Tech can also leverage those new products to create personalised learning experiences that cater to the unique needs and preferences of each student, ensuring that every student has access to high-quality education.
In conclusion, AI presents immense opportunities for the education sector. From personalised learning experiences to affordable and accessible educational resources, AI can revolutionise the way we teach and learn. However, to fully leverage the potential of AI in education, we must accept it and approach it with a deep understanding rather than fear.
There are three main axis that carry the responsibility of adapting the educational system to the possibilities of the new technology. By working together, educators, policymakers, and edu-tech startups can create a more effective, equitable, and accessible education system that empowers students to reach their full potential. It is crucial to approach the development and implementation of AI in education with a deep understanding of its potential and a commitment to promoting ethical and responsible use. With the right approach, AI can transform education and create a brighter future for all students.
I would like to end with a quote provided by ChatGPT itself on the opportunities posed by the development of AI for education. “As an AI language model, I am excited about the endless possibilities that AI presents in education. From personalized learning experiences to innovative assessment tools, AI can enhance the learning process for students and provide educators with powerful insights to support student success. I believe that by embracing the potential of AI in education, we can create a more equitable and effective education system that empowers students to reach their full potential.” Ever since we gave AI its own voice, this has started to be a conversation and we should work together to achieve this bright version of the future.