Far into the future, you may not even need to attend an onsite location to receive your education. “Susie” will be assigned to you and guide you through your study journey. This may sound daunting to many but actually this is something quite amazing for all future learners.
Susie, as mentioned above, is a powered and programmed bot with emotional intelligence capabilities. This is a virtual teacher. One which you can potentially have a two-way conversation with.
How can AI benefit future education?
Education today has moved away from the focus of empowering and bettering students. Instead, its learners are being churned out like cogs in machines.
We are taught predominately facts rather than skills that we ultimately need.
Many of us are pushed in certain directions and get left behind. I believe that artificial intelligence will reinforce the importance of learning and how everyone can benefit from it.
Catering for different types of learners
We do not all learn the same way which is not bad, but for many educational institutions they have struggled to fulfil the needs of these different learners. I am referring to learning via visual, reading, spatial and auditory. Since being unable to help them, these students feel incapable and useless. AI will ensure that no student will encounter any of these feelings. The virtual teacher will work alongside the student and will tap into what exactly the student needs.
No more “special needs” schools
Roll over special schools, the latest technology will completely eradicate the purpose of these institutions. No longer will a child need to be pulled out of mainstream education. Virtual education will be able to cater for everyone. Who said these learners were never capable of really excelling academically?
Limiting social prejudice
Our society today places a tremendous pressure on students to study particular courses which will lead to the best universities. This causes competition for people to be in the best classes or they miss out. Is this the way education should be? AI will make education fairer and give everyone an opportunity to succeed the best way.
Equality made possible
As I mentioned in the above paragraph, education must not be boxed in and only offer opportunities to people at certain periods of time. There must be a gateway to those who do achieve when they are ready. This is why we must have equality and the technology will assist with making this possible.
Encouragement and empowerment
Suzie will operate on demand and help students to stay on track. She will never demotivate. One of the many reasons why people do not succeed is due to a lack of confidence. Many young people feel a disconnect between themselves and their teachers. This comes down to the fact that these teachers have not been empowered during their own experiences. It’s inevitable that these feelings can be filtered down.
In order to help the next generation, we must make sure that a great deal of encouragement and inspiration is transferred.
Say goodbye to bullying and hello to harmony
Our educational structure makes it more likely for students to be singled out and ostracised, which in a way makes way for bullying. Virtual teachers can be used from anywhere removing the need for children to be at school. This can in turn reduce the possibility of unkind behaviour. If this can successfully be achieved via virtual teachers, then it will make learning more enjoyable. The children who are under constant bickering actually end up turning their backs on education.
The future of education can be very promising if we find ways around making it more encouraging and beneficial to others.
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