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The Importance of Machine Learning in the Education Sector

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Machine Learning is one of the most talked-about technologies in today’s date. It is a concept which lets the machines to learn from different examples and experience. In much simpler words, it is computer science which uses statistical techniques to allow the computer systems to “learn”. While it is being used in a lot of industries to boost the performance of the businesses, it has some great applications in the education sector as well.

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In today’s date, a lot of students prefer to pay someone to do their homework as they don’t understand the lessons in the class. Machine Learning can help the students improve their learning by analysing their academic performance and suggesting the best way to learn. In fact, Machine Learning has a lot more to offer to the education industry, and in recent years, we have witnessed how it can potentially transform the whole education system.

Adaptive Learning:

Adaptive learning refers to the style of learning, where the learners receive personalised learning experiences that address the unique needs of the individual learners. Machine learning is allowing us to analyse the performance of each student in real time and then modify the teaching methods and the curriculum based on the analysed data.

With the help of Machine Learning, it is now becoming a lot easier to facilitate personalised engagement, with the goal of adapting to the individual’s need to deliver better education. The software assists in suggesting the learning paths that the learner should take. In fact, the ML-powered software also gives suggestions to students about the study materials and other learning methodologies that are more appropriate for their unique needs.

Improving the Efficiency of Both Learners and Instructors:

Machine Learning makes it a lot easier for schools and colleges to better organise and manage their content and curriculum. It further helps to understand the potential of everyone in the system and then allocates the work accordingly. It easily determines what work suits better to the individual instructors and what works best for the learners.

As Machine Learning makes education a lot easier for both teachers and students, it improves the involvement and their interest in learning and participation. Needless to say, it helps improve the efficiency of the education system. Also, Machine Learning makes educators more efficient by resolving issues such as classroom management, scheduling, etc. This gives the educators enough free time to focus on things which AI and/or ML still cannot do.

Learning Analytics:

Learning materials can often be confusing for the teachers as well. When they get stuck while teaching, the students don’t get to properly learn the insights and gist of the lesson. The ML-powered learning analytics can help the teachers gain insight into the data and allow them to develop a better understanding of the data.  As the instructors shift through countless pieces of content, analyse it, interpret it and make connections and conclusions, it improves the overall teaching and learning process.

Learning analytics also suggests which learning path an individual learner should take. It actually offers a lot of benefits to the students as well by providing suggestions regarding materials and other learning methodologies from the software.

Predictive Analytics:

The predictive analytics feature of Machine Learning has helped various businesses across different industries in the past few years. While most businesses use this feature to understand the upcoming market trends, predictive analytics in education focuses mainly on understanding the mindset and needs of individual learners. Also, it helps to anticipate the things that may happen in the field of education in the foreseeable future.

The class tests, as well as the half-yearly results, can help the educators understand which students are going to perform better in the finals and who are going to have difficulties. This will allow the faculty as well as the parents to take appropriate measures to help the individual students. This will certainly allow educators to help learners in a more comprehensive way.

Personalized Learning Experience:

As you may have already learned, Machine Learning helps the educators understand the individual requirements. Thanks to this feature, it is now possible to offer customisable education model where students can guide their own learning. In fact, they can choose the learning pace in which they learn the best.

Machine Learning has also made way for personalised learning where students have the liberty to choose the subjects they are interested in, the teacher they want to learn from, and what curriculum, standards and patterns they want to follow. In simpler words, students are now able to experience a learning environment that suits their needs and preferences. 

Assessment Evaluation:

Machine Learning is also revolutionising the way the assessments are done. It has the ability to grade the assignments and exams more accurately than a human. As you may realise, checking the OMR answer sheets was (and still is) a tedious process. And the chances of making an error while grading the papers were also there. With ML, the evaluation can be more accurate.

Even though in some cases, human assistance is required for the evaluation to take place, Machine Learning ensures that the results are as accurate as they can be. In simpler words, Machine Learning offers an evaluation of students’ performance with higher validity and reliability with low chances of error.

Machine Learning in Education – Conclusion

It will take a while for all the schools and colleges to get used to the functions of Machine Learning. It is quite evident that a complete implementation of such technologies in the education sector still requires a lot of work. But there’s no denying that machine learning and artificial intelligence have already started to transform the education scene for the better.

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Jacob Ryan

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