Artificial Intelligence in learning

December 20, 2016 by Ville Simola

This guest blog is a part of our Christmas season blog series

The need for learning something new at today’s work has become more and more crucial. Most of the skills we need in our jobs e.g. ability to complete tasks, collaborate, overcome obstacles and planning for future – we learn all the time at work even without necessary recognizing that.

In addition to learning new skills while working – it is important to learn by educating oneself. The challenge however that is the hectic working life does not leave much time for the traditional classroom teaching or top-down learning method whereas online learning provides new possibilities for learning anytime anywhere.

Whether we are talking about professional or individual skills, I believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one the most fascinating new technologies in learning. It is the future but also already part of our everyday lives. It all depends on what flavor of AI you are referring to.

#Here are my key insights how AI will revolutionize learning:

  1. AI alters how we find and interact with information. AI might sounds like something very futuristic but it is actually already part of our everyday lives. Think about Google adapting to results based on location, Amazon making recommendation based on purchase history, Siri adapting to your commands. These kind of intelligent systems have an important role in the way we interact with information in our personal and professional lives. This is something we cannot ignore when talking about how to use information in learning.

  2. AI can spot places that students find difficult. It is hard for teachers to know well their students understand their teaching and materials. AI has already brought examples how teachers can spot gaps in their teaching. When a large number of students are found to submit wrong answers to an assignment, the system will give an alert and help students with additional hints to get the correct answer. Instead of waiting weeks for feedback, students can get immediate feedback that helps them to better understand the topic of learning.

  3. Teaching can be adapted to learning needs. One of the key ways artificial intelligence will impact learning is through greater level of individualized learning. We see this already with games and software where the systems can respond to the needs of the student repeating things that students haven’t yet mastered. Education should actually learn a lot from game companies like Supercell.

  4. AI-driven programs can give students and teachers helpful feedback. AI provides a possibility to monitor student progress real-time and notify teacher if there’s an issue with the students’ performance. This allows students to get support where they need it and give teachers guidance on the areas where they can improve teaching. This approach can be taken even to a larger extend by using AI to give students recommendations what topics they should learn next or even help them make decisions based on their strengths.

  5. Failing will no longer be the end of the world. Trial and error is a critical part of learning, but for many answering wrong might cause decrease in motivation especially it is happens in front of peers or colleagues. AI will offer new ways to experiment and learn in relatively judgment-free environment. Learning through trial-and-error is in the very core of AI-based learning.

Ville Simola

is a digitalist who wants to learn new every day. By profession he is responsible for digital business development at Lassila & Tikanoja (Helsinki NASDAQ) . Previously he has been working as a co-founder of Startup Sauna accelerator.

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