Report highlights AI’s role in enhancing global education, supporting teachers

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A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) looks at artificial intelligence’s potential to address gaps in education and how the technology can support learning by automating administrative tasks to enhance, not replace, human-led teaching.

Shaping the Future of Learning: The Role of AI in Education 4.0 highlights AI’s potential to support educators by automating their more routine duties, enabling them to spend more time with students. It notes that AI can provide a more personalized approach to teaching and learning and can improve how students are assessed while helping develop digital literacy, critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills.

AI’s promise in education

The report outlines four key areas where AI is best suited to assist teachers.

Augmentation and automation

Integrating AI into education can help streamline administrative tasks giving teachers more time for meaningful student engagement.

While some teaching tasks can be automated by AI technology, others better lend themselves to be augmented or enhanced. Examples of automated tasks that AI could assist with include recording homework and test results, verifying facts, dates and statistics or compiling lists of books, articles or videos on specific subjects. Augmented tasks could include developing teaching materials, study guides or handouts, preparing assignments or analyzing classroom performances.

Tasks with the most potential to be automated or replaced by AI are those that tend to be routine or repetitive. In the education sector, the report says, up to 20% of work time on clerical activities and administrative tasks, such as assessing attendance, enrollment and other forms of data analysis, could be automated.

Assessment and analytics

AI-enabled assessments can provide educators valuable insights in identifying learning trends and evaluating student testing. WEF notes that by leveraging AI capabilities, educators can enhance student assessments and provide real-time feedback on classroom skills, identify strengths and weaknesses in student performance and create time for more focused instruction.

AI and digital literacy

AI can help students of all abilities improve their digital literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills. Globally, the report notes, there are 240 million children with disabilities, and a large majority of them do not have accessible learning materials, technologies or educational support. AI can help create digital textbooks that cater for diverse learners, making the content adaptable to individual needs and offer such things as sign-language videos, audio-described content and text-to-speech conversion.

Personalizing learning

Research shows that tutoring significantly boosts student success, with tutored students outperforming 98% of their peers in traditional classroom settings. AI can be used to tailor classroom materials to specific students, developing lessons and techniques that satisfy a wide range of learning styles and needs.

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