What role will AI play in education?

Digital education:
Better learning with artificial intelligence

Published on 05/04/2020

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Due to the Corona crisis, the digital education a real boom. Scientists are working on bringing artificial intelligence into everyday teaching. We'll show you how we could use AI in the future to learn better.

Education and learning platforms, with online learning courses and other digital solutions help us to keep the school going despite closings. To further promote the digital lessons The federal government is currently also launching a 500 million program to equip schools immediately. With this sum, the state supports needy students on the one hand - they are to receive a grant of 150 euros for the purchase of necessary end devices such as notebooks or tablets. The other is to use the means “School equipment will be encouraged for creating more professional online courses is required."

Like the digital pact, the new program promotes the basic requirements for deployment digital solutions in education. But what about the use of artificial intelligence (AI)? What role can this young but promising technology play in education? Some Possible uses The FDP parliamentary group addresses the issue in a current motion: According to the Liberals, AI could help to alleviate reading and writing weaknesses. According to a study, there are around around in Germany alone 6.2 million people affected. The use of AI is already an option here in primary school education: By collecting and computer-aided evaluation of learning data, deficits can be recognized at an early stage in order to counteract accordingly. We'll show you which innovative and exciting opportunities the use of AI in matters of education offers.

Personalized learning thanks to AI

The still young field of Learning Analytics (LA). Analogous to so-called data mining, the term includes computer-aided methods and tools for data analysis. The main difference is that learning analytics are used specifically in the education sector: be it for quality assurance in teaching or analysis personal learning processes or the usage behavior in digital learning systems. The main areas of application so far are the tracking of learning successes and the evaluation of the usage behavior of digital teaching content. On Basis of data evaluation comprehension problems can be identified at an early stage and learners can then be given targeted support in order to improve overall teaching and learning success. Case studies from US and UK universities show that users * benefit from positive changes in their Learning experience report - be it through support measures that are tailored to their needs or through motivating feedback on learning performance.

In Germany too, AI in education worked - for example at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern. The DFKI is one of the world's largest non-profit research institutions in the field of AI and conducts research, among other things digital education and the "Tomorrow's Lessons". For this purpose, the DFKI opened the learning laboratory for the development and testing of digital teaching and learning methods. Above all, the focus is on the student - both the learning difficulties and the gifted.

In the learning laboratory, the DKFI develops, among other things, virtual textbooks with intelligent Face recognition sensors. By using eye tracking, it is recognized how long the eye is fixed on a text passage - can the learner follow or does he have problems understanding? Depending on the evaluation, the smart textbook presents alternative information for easier understanding or in-depth knowledge - this enables an individualized learning experience that corresponds to the respective skills. The use of augmented reality is also being tested: smart glasses can be used, for example, at scientific experiments Show information directly in the learner's field of vision. Physical quantities such as "Temperature and current strength or speed [...] made visible in real time by means of color and arrow representations [...]" be commented Prof. Dr. Jochen Kuhn, Physics professor at TUK.

Inclusion through digital education

Digital education also opens up new opportunities for people with disabilities. As part of the KI.ASSIST project, DFKI is researching how digital learning systems can be designed to be inclusive and AI applications can be used for people with severe disabilities for professional participation. “The more we do Digitize educational scenariosthe more important the actual inclusion of all people with all their characteristics, including possible disabilities ”, stresses Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart, scientific director of the EdTec Lab from the DFKI project office in Berlin.

A targeted offer for people with Reading and writing weaknesses forms the eVideoTransfer project, which is part of the "National Decade for Literacy" is funded by the BMBF. This is a platform for mediating Basic skills for the world of work. The content is offered in the form of Web Based Training (WBT) - these work with algorithms based on AI. This allows the platform to be used according to the usage Feedback on learning success and make further learning recommendations.

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