Students have always used algorithms to solve problems. Now they are being used to solve the problems of the education sector. From taking over repetitive tasks like grading and exam preparations to optimising and delivering coursework suited for individual students, AI-enabled technologies promise to radically transform teaching and learning.
The tech has all the buzz and optics to grab your attention. The world’s top technology billionaires are betting their
philanthropic dollars on personalised learning. Globally, the smart education and learning market is forecast to reach $423 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research.
The underlying principle behind the buzz is that one-size-fits-all classroom education, which served well during the industrial era, needs a reboot in the entrepreneurial knowledge-led world. Personalised teaching model, therefore, will offer each student a specific learning plan tailored to her strengths, needs, skills and interests.
It also gives a lot of flexibility to a student to change or alter a course structure. The goal is to make learning needs of
students the primary consideration rather than the instruction needs of teachers or schools.
Personalised learning, however, still has to answer some questions:
will it stand up to its hype and how radically will it transform learning?
The research base to understand its benefits is still narrow. With tech billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates investing millions in personalised learning, questions are being asked whether these are truly genuine philanthropic acts or simply shrewd business strategies of digital giants.
A lot of concerns have been raised around how the data will be used, especially as personalised learning entails collecting vast amounts of data. Some studies have raised these concerns and challenged the benefits of such a learning process.
Personalised education could also dehumanise education, isolate students and become more an austerity measure to cut staff, claim critics. Personalised learning also undermines communal values, they add.
Learning is a complex process. The challenge with personalised ed-tech is that it presumes learning to be a linear path comprised of a series of tasks or goals and not so much about building broader relationships and connections during the learning process.
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Source: Economic Times