The Application of AI in the Education Industry

Learning updated on  February 20, 2024 4 min read

The use of artificial intelligence in education has sparked polarizing opinions and an ongoing debate between those who champion the use of this technology and those who are afraid of it being misused.

However, there are a lot of benefits of AI in education. When applied properly, artificial intelligence does not replace critical thinking; it's a powerful tool that can enhance ideas and push students to think deeper and apply their knowledge to real-wolrld scenarios.

AI systems are being used to close the gap between different levels of learners. There are tools to help students write (hi, that's us!), do math, work on reading comprehension, and learn languages.

Everyone deserves personalized education, and AI is helping us get there.

10 Benefits of AI in Education

Personalized learning experiences

Integrating AI into the classroom gives every student universal access to information. No matter how a student learns, AI programs can show them their mistakes and work with them in a way that is conducive to their learning style.

Writing programs, games, and tutoring sites that use artificial intelligence can tailor their outputs for a specific user, ensuring that every student can learn easily and without knowledge gaps.

Intelligent tutoring systems

Tutoring can be expensive, and for low-income families or people with busy schedules, it's not even an option. However, AI tutoring programs are able to provide students with personalized learning experiences that are affordable and available anytime they need support.

AI tutoring is helping students learn on their own terms. They can receive tutoring in their own home, at any time of day, for a lower cost than a human tutor would charge.

Plagiarism detection

Plagiarism detectors (like QuillBot's Plagiarism Checker) are able to scan uploaded documents for any content that might have a duplicate source. They draw from a database of existing content (articles, journals, published papers, novels, etc.) and flag anything in the uploaded document that matches existing content.

If a student has duplicate content, they can either add a citation if there is not one already or remove the content. This will allow the student to make sure all of their content is original and that their sources are properly attributed and cited. This is a huge benefit of including AI in higher education, as accidental plagiarism could result in expulsion from an institution.

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Enhanced access to education

The internet is vast, and AI can help narrow down your search online. It's easier now, more than ever, to get a specific answer to a question you have using programs like ChatGPT.

AI also helps those visually- and hearing-impaired. There are programs that can narrate visuals and read text aloud.

In addition, AI-powered translators facilitate access to documents and information in different languages, allowing students to broaden their perspectives and research.

Content recommendations

It’s no secret that different students learn in different ways and that certain methods and styles of content speak to certain groups of people.

AI can recommend content based on what a student has used before. For example, if a student really responded well to a book of a certain genre or topic, advanced algorithms can help them find more material in the same vein.

Proctoring

A lot of testing is implemented online these days, and it can be hard for both teachers and students to adjust to this new way of evaluation.

A huge benefit of using AI proctoring is that it reduces cheating and ensures fairness. Many AI-powered tools in this category are able to sense if a student leaves the test-taking tab and can cross-check answers against other students’ to know if anyone is copying from another. This means that all students’ answers are their own.

Language learning

Language learning websites and apps have been around for years, but now with the advent of artificial intelligence, it’s easier than ever to learn a language.

Students can enjoy personalized learning in their foreign language courses, being able to focus on their problem areas when it comes to things like vocabulary, reading, writing, and diction.

Curriculum planning

Yes, even teachers benefit from using generative AI in education.

Artificial intelligence is able to analyze student performance in a given subject and come up with a curriculum that identifies and fixes any gaps in information or problem areas where students are struggling. For example, a class might be falling behind in English. The AI would be able to figure out that they need to focus more on reading comprehension and would create a curriculum around solving that problem.

Grading and assessment

When it comes to grading essays and tests, many teachers have a rubric that they use that lists requirements and point values.

Because this can become repetitive and the grading system goes by a point scale, AI is a great option for teachers to use in this scenario. The tool will scan the assignment and look for the designated requirements, grading the paper in a few minutes.

Predictive Analytics

Much like the curriculum planner, predictive analytics can be used to study a class’s (or individual’s) strengths and weaknesses and suggest tools, content, and learning methods that will have the greatest effect on performance.

Predictive analytics will be able to forecast what a student or class will have trouble with based on what they have already struggled with in the past. This allows teachers to preemptively plan lessons in ways that will support students and make sense in their minds.

AI in education: examples and use cases

QuillBot

QuillBot has been making writing painless since 2017, and we couldn't have done it without harnessing the power of artificial intelligence. QuillBot helps the writer from the beginning of their writing journey (brainstorming, researching, outlining), through the midpoints (drafting, proofreading), to the end (checking for grammar mistakes, plagiarism, and correct citations).

Scribbr

Scribbr is another great example of AI in education. Scribbr focuses on academic writing, and they revise, edit, and proofread essays.


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Paige Pfeifer

Paige teaches QuillBot writers about grammar rules and writing conventions. She has a BA in English, which she received by reading and writing a lot of fiction. That is all she knows how to do.

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