Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finding its way into every industry – including education. We will start to see the rise of intelligent and adaptable AI learning systems in the classroom and this could render traditional academic teaching redundant.
Sir Anthony Seldon is a leading educationalist and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. Within the next years, he believes that intelligent machines will be prominent in one-to-one learning. Automated teaching could see an end to year groups. Pupils learn in different ways. The robots will be able to help students learn at their own pace using adaptive learning systems. This is believed to be more effective than the current approach in which pupils are taught as part of a class.
“It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington-style education for all,” Sir Anthony said. “Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey.” He added that “as part of robot-led learning, teachers would adopt the role of “overseers”, monitoring the progress of individual pupils, leading non-academic activities and providing pastoral support.”
This new approach to teaching will undoubtedly have a massive impact on both the role that teachers play in the classroom and how pupils learn. Sheldon has emphasised that “this is beyond anything that we’ve seen in the industrial revolution or since with any other new technology.” Experts are predicting that English, Maths and Science will be at the forefront of machine led-learning. In time, the sophisticated algorithms will also be able to devise teaching for the humanities too.
It is important to note that automation could pose a grave threat to the workforce. Sheldon has warned that “if we get the technology wrong it will end up doing everything for us in the same way that satnavs mean we no longer know how to read maps.”
In the years to come, human skills – like teaching – that make us fundamentally employable could lose their value. As a result, it is possible that the economic model of mass human employment could be left vulnerable.
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