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Anjli Jain

Anjli Jain is the Managing Partner at EVC Ventures, a $50 million Chicago based Venture Capital fund focused globally on growth stage startups.

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A VC Perspective - What's Better In HigherEd Than A Smart Fusion Of AI & Machine Learning?

AI as a technology helps build an infrastructure for research and learning, combining knowledge and data and ML is all about customizing the whole learning experience when teachers don’t have to worry about keeping logs on students.

I am sure you have heard about the amazing technological advancements that have been made in the field of education in the last few centuries. With each passing year, there has been a boom in the IT sector with new innovations, some permanently changing the face of education and our lives forever.

Looking back, innovations like computers, smartphones, mobile phones, electronic television, world wide web, 3D printer etc., have all impacted every aspect of our life. More than these, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics, have changed the way we live in more possible ways than that we can fathom.

When we talk about education, even though it may seem that it has been the same for all these years, it has not. Many cynics might still think that it’s a long way for education to go to instill such technologies as it’s still following the old-school pattern of classrooms and formal learning techniques, however, it has changed in multiple ways and is advancing every single day, more than ever with virtual classrooms, internet, podcasts, online degree programs, personalized learning and what not.

Smart Fusion Transforming Education

From school slate to chalkboard, to stereoscope, to an overhead projector and now laptops & iPads, education techniques has grown tremendously. Apart from these, there are many technologies being applied in today’s educational system to make learning more effective, engaging, illuminating, seamless and more fun.

Two of the most used and applied technologies in higher education is artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Of course, to understand the benefits of these technologies, we need to understand that this is the time for AI and ML as it is creating a breakthrough for education in more profound ways, bringing everyone on the same page.

AI as a technology helps build an infrastructure for research and learning, combining knowledge and data and ML is all about customizing the whole learning experience when teachers don’t have to worry about keeping logs on students. The two together makes the smartest fusion, making sure that no teacher fails to realize which student needs help and the students are aware of their own potential.

This concept is new but reliable. Institutions can see which methods work and which do not, what changes are required in the curriculum, how is the attendance of all the students, which student needs help with their course. The other departments also get to analyze and view the records and respond automatically using AI and ML. For example, AI helpdesk support responds faster than humans to student queries and resolve problems. With ML included, machines and software can track the data to analyze the everyday routine, tasks, and the work so as to help institutions reduce their cost on major fronts.

The Bottom Line Is

Give it a thought... How interesting will it be to have a student path predictor, yes you heard right. This is what the fusion of AI and ML can do, predict every step of an individual in the institution. The repetitive actions are studied to respond and predict the future of what solution should be given to particular queries. This not only enhances the organizational processes but also improves the overall educational experience. Can wait to see more of these smart AI & ML fusions in higher ed. Are you ready?

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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