Advances in technology are revolutionising just about every sector and the education sector is no exception. Researchers and companies are beginning to explore ideas, and introduce a new era of learning.

How do we get there?

How do we develop AI tools specific for education? A good starting point is to identify current challenges in the quality of learner education: Incidents of students struggling, time spent by educational employees on repetitive admin work, or even budgeting and finance calculations.

Once the challenges are identified, research can highlight the tools needed and design solutions. Most AI applications need relevant data, so it’s important to collect and collate already available information. AI algorithms can then solve or mitigate the influence of these challenges.

Human interaction

Although AI in learning may change processes, humans will likely always be needed to guide, and act upon the decisions that are generated by AI. AI may even create new working opportunities within society. A good example of this is the switch from commerce to e-commerce, where sales employees were retained by adopting careers in marketing and customer service. This was made possible by the increase in sales revenue, resulting from AI driven sales tools.

What might the future look like?

Educators may be supported by electronic guides that follow the learners’ data and personalise the learner’s journey. An electronic guide, such as an application on a smartphone, will be available for questions learners have any time of the day. It can prompt interactions depending on specific learning styles. It can also make sure that learning is retained and developed years later.

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are hot topics in education. They offer exciting potential, especially for practical learning: A surgeon can train in VR, before applying their knowledge on real people. Construction workers can use AR to plan and envision their work at various stages of the project. These can soon become industry standards in education.

The future is bright

Advancements such as AI, ML and VR are at the forefront of the revolutionisation of the education sector. They can help learning professionals improve the quality of education. Smart Apprentices is taking the first steps towards developing such tools, integrating AI into learning tools such as the Smart Apprentices Skills Hub,

By taking these incremental steps into solving current difficulties and challenges, we’re able to see a bright future for learning.

Learn more about AI in learning at our upcoming event: The Future of Learning Two, Catching the Next Wave.