AI Assessing Ability to Measure Students’ Engagement

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 14:57

Researchers at University of Montreal will explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to measure student engagement and survey potential classroom management changes.

According to the Education Drive, researchers of University of Montreal in cooperation with ed tech firm Classcraft will explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to measure student engagement and survey potential classroom management changes.

The research will take place with data collected on Classcraft’s technology, which attempts to use engagement managing tools to improve school climate, academic scores and social-emotional learning.

This study reflects a movement aimed at deploying AI into schools in order to improve social cultures, but critics claim the technology could deliver the wrong information, as well as leave students’ personal data exposed to potential breaches, Education Week notes.

Artificial intelligence is not expected to replace teachers, but it could alter the way their jobs are done. It could help with differentiating and individualizing lessons that allow students to progress at their own pace, and it can make lessons more interactive and fun for each student.

AI also allows students to get as much tutoring as they need and stretches the boundaries of the resources and learning possibilities available in the classroom. For teachers, artificial intelligence can be beneficial in helping them take over the mundane or time-consuming parts of instruction and free up more time to spend with students and to plan their lessons.

In addition, the data collected can help schools identify students that are excelling and those who are struggling and give each one the personalized supports needed to succeed. Theoretically, fewer students will fall through the cracks. Artificial intelligence won’t replace teachers, but it may give them more time and resources to do their jobs and help those they serve.

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