5 effective ways to reduce time during answer sheet evaluation process https://www.blog.epravesh.com Introduction of Onscreen Marking , Online Exams, Digital Admission and Fee Collection System Education Technology Trends Mon, 17 Feb 2020 09:00:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i0.wp.com/www.blog.epravesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-ePraveshLogo-Copy-2.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 5 effective ways to reduce time during answer sheet evaluation process https://www.blog.epravesh.com 32 32 81104013 5 effective ways to reduce time during answer sheet evaluation process https://www.blog.epravesh.com/5-ways-to-reduce-time-of-answer-sheet-evaluation-process/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:11:02 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6931 5 effective ways to reduce answer-sheet evaluation time - featured imageDo you know examiners or teachers spend a huge amount of time in the evaluation..

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5 effective ways to reduce time during answer sheet evaluation process

Do you know examiners or teachers spend a huge amount of time in the evaluation of answer sheets during their careers?

 

Digital evaluation of answer sheet is getting adopted across education institutes and universities. There are many advantages associated with it. 

 

Here are 5 ways to reduce the evaluation time of examiners using digital evaluation technology.

Blank Page Identification

Blank Page Identification with OnScreen Evaluation Process

Blank pages validation is one of the most time-consuming activity for the examiner or evaluator. Consider answer sheet has 20 pages and the student has written only on the first 12 pages of the answer sheet. In this case, the examiner needs to mark the remaining blank pages as per the standard process. It is a time-consuming process and adds more time to the evaluation process.

 

Digital answer sheet evaluation can simplify this time-consuming task by helping the examiner identify blank pages of the answer sheet.

 

Initially, when the examiner opts out to evaluate the answer sheets using OnScreen Evaluation system, the system would display the blank pages to the examiner which they can mark in bulk.

Blank page identification during onscreen evaluation process

Auto Total Calculation

Auto Total Calculations with OnScreen Evaluation Process

The OnScreen Evaluation System lets you automate the score calculation. 

 

Yes, that means you need not to scroll through the pages again and again. The system just picks the marks assigned to the particular question and sums the total up for you. 

 

Let’s consider a scenario where question paper has been set to the format where the candidate has to attempt any 4 questions out of the 7 questions and let’s say that the student has attempted 6 questions. Then, in such a case, the examiner needs to evaluate all 6 questions attempted by the student and identify and consider the top 4 scores out of the 6 questions attempted.

 

The manual process of results or total calculation is tediously time-consuming.

The onscreen evaluation process can help you to save significant time associated with the total calculation. 

 

The system takes into copes up easily with the defined exam pattern and based on a combination of exam pattern and the questions attempted by the students, a suitable score is considered while calculating the total marks obtained by the student.

 

It saves more than 30% of the time associated with the answer sheet evaluation process and above all, the accuracy associated with the results is also enhanced. 

Tablet-based Evaluation

Tablet-based Evaluation with OnScreen Evaluation System

With the digitalization, mobility has also become the key aspect that offers you the liberty to free yourself from a chalked pattern for getting the work done. 

 

Digital evaluation with OnScreen Evaluation System offers you the liberty to break free and align your work culture with digital sources. 

 

The system allows you to evaluate the answer sheets on the go with mobile devices such as Tablets. 

 

Examiners can easily and efficiently evaluate the set of answer sheets assigned to them while commuting. Physical handling of answer sheet is completely eliminated so that examiners could find it handy to evaluate digital copies of the answer sheets.

 

The mobility factor certainly cuts off the paper handling and eliminates the excess amount of time that traditional evaluation methods would take.

Examiner Pool and Auto Assignment

Examiner Pool and Auto Assignment with OnScreen Evaluation System

For large scale exams, there are lacs of answer sheets to be evaluated. Manually assigning examiners for a bunch of answer sheets is a herculean task. Someone always has to keep an eye on the answer sheet evaluation activity and examiner assignment process. 

 

With the help of technology, this can easily be simplified. With the OnScreen Evaluation Process, we can easily manage a set of examiners using the Examiner Pool Management feature. 

 

In this case, examiners are assigned for a pool of answer sheets. Each examiner would get a randomly selected set of answer sheets for the evaluation process.

 

There is a facility of reassignment as well in case if you wish to change examiners during the evaluation process. Examiner pool management and automatical assignment for the evaluation can save significant administration costs.

 

The identity of the student is hidden from the examiner. Since the system is assigning examiners for answer sheets in a random algorithmic way, the examiner would not be able to identify name, roll number of the student. It maintains security associated with student identity during the complete evaluation process.

Examiner Identity Verification

Examiner Identity Verification with OnScreen Evaluation Process

Identity verification of examiners is very crucial if examiners are evaluating answer sheets from a location other than examination central hub. Digital evaluation with OnScreen Evaluation Process provides flexibility in terms of mobility. Examiners can evaluate answer sheets from any location using a tablet or computer device. 

 

Examiners’ identity can be verified using Remote Proctoring technology. In this case, the system captures a photo of the examiner who is evaluating digital answer sheets. It can be used to verify the identity of the user. 

 

There are various types of proctoring mechanisms which can be used to verify the identity of the examiners while they are evaluating the answer sheets. The system can keep on capturing pictures of the examiners after a specific interval of time in order to maintain integrity.

Conclusion

The digital evaluation of answer sheet is the need of the education sector. It can help in saving significant time associated with the answer sheet evaluation process. Examiners can save more than 60% of their time using OnScreen Evaluation technology. 

 

Our platform has been used for the evaluation of lacs of answer sheets in a digital manner. We have observed that examiners can save around 5 to 7 minutes of evaluation for each individual answer sheet evaluation. If the examiner is evaluating thousands of answer sheets then it adds up to significant saving. Entire result processing of the educational institution can be improved and results can be declared in record time.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Universities A match waiting to be made https://www.blog.epravesh.com/ai-in-universities-a-match-waiting-to-be-made/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 16:09:19 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6852 AI in UniversityArtificial Intelligence has been the subject of the fantasies of utopians and dystopians alike. For..

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AI in Universities

Artificial Intelligence has been the subject of the fantasies of utopians and dystopians alike. For long it has been a topic that has surfaced regularly in pop culture and literature in different lights. 

 

However, AI is no longer something that is limited to our books and movies. Over the years there is massive research that has been put into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, making these tools massively capable of doing human tasks and that too with much more efficiency. 

 

AI has made its way to our daily lives and it is playing a huge part in shaping our day to day lives. 

 

Let’s take the example of social media. 

 

When you are surfing on social media platforms like Instagram, some posts appear at the top of your feed even if they have not been made recently. This happens because the social media platform tracks your activity on the app with AI and shows you content which is similar to the content you regularly interact with. Now you know why Instagram keeps suggesting those cute dog videos to you!

 

Using AI to track your activity on social media platforms is an excellent way to enhance the user experience and make sure that users use the platform for a longer time. 

 

Another way in which Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have made their way to our lives is smart personal assistants, better known as smart home assistants. Google Home and Amazon Alexa are the biggest examples of such devices. 

 

Smart home assistants and smart speakers have gained popularity in the past few years. This graph here shows how many voice assistants were installed in 2019:

Voice Assistant stats for 2019

Another new technology that has made its way to our homes is the Internet of Things (IoT). It is a system of interrelated machines and devices with Unique Identifiers (UIDs) which can communicate with each other without the need for human interference. 

 

There are various smart devices like a smart umbrella which tracks the weather, a smart wardrobe which tracks weather and gives you suitable clothing options, a smart mirror in which you can catch up on the news while brushing your teeth. These devices share information with each other and ensure that you have a good experience. 

 

Surely, these technologies have made lives easy for us and will continue to do so. 

 

But, can we use these technologies to elevate the functioning of our universities? 

 

Students and teachers have been contemplating for long on ways to improve the functioning of universities and educational institutions. Our educational institutes have consistently lacked in keeping up with technology. Let’s have a look at how AI and IoT are going to make a difference in our universities. 

How AI can be used in Universities?

How AI can be used in education

The AI in the education market is supposed to reach USD 2 billion by 2023 growing at 38% CAGR in the forecast period 2018-2023 (Source: Market Research Future). 

 

There are many ways in which AI is being used in universities for varied reasons, right from conducting exams to smart campus assistants. Let’s see how we can use AI to elevate the functioning of universities.

AI can be used to conduct exams

Examinations are an indifferentiable part of education, and they are important milestones in a student’s educational journey. 

 

Exams require a lot of planning, right from setting question papers, printing question paper and answer sheets, distributing these question papers across all examination centres, evaluating answer sheets and then finally process the results of the exam. 

 

This whole process often takes months on end, it is labour intensive and costly. By the time one examination cycle is finished, it is the time to start planning for the next examination. This whole process takes up a lot of time of teachers and burdens them with more work. 

 

Often this burden of planning and executing examinations hinders the teachers’ capability of paying full attention to their course and students.

 

AI-powered online assessment tools are now being used by many universities to conduct online exams. These systems set the question papers themselves, from a pre-existing question bank. Such question banks are designed by subject matter experts and they can be updated and edited as per the need and convenience of the institute. 

 

All that teachers need to do for an online examination system is to design an online question bank, and moderate the question paper generated by the system. After this is done, all tasks right up to calculating the result will be done by the online examination system. 

 

Since the exam is online, there is no need to print and distribute question papers and answer sheets.

 

Another advantage of using these online assessment tools is that they use technologies like voice recognition and facial recognition, in a feature called remote proctoring,  to track the student’s activity and detect any malpractices, which human invigilators might miss out on. 

 

Thus online examination systems save teachers a lot of time, which they can dedicate to students and it reduces the burden of administrative tasks on them.

AI can be used to streamline the admission process

AI can be used to streamline Admission Process

In recent years Online Admission Systems have gained popularity far and wide. These tools club all processes of admissions, right from registering for the entrance exam, accepting fee payments, publishing results and confirm admissions on one umbrella platform. 

 

This will help save a lot of time of students, who may have to travel to other cities to register for the entrance exam and later to confirm their admission. With Online Admission Systems, students can go through the entire admission process in a hassle-free manner from the comfort of their homes. 

 

AI can be used in these systems to streamline the admission process and make accurate forecasts about important matters like student enrollment. If universities have an idea about student enrollment, it will help them answer serious issues like under-enrollment and over-enrollment. 


 AI can be useful for data analytics in terms of admission process where large number of applicants have applied for particular course. Data Analysis can help to take certain key and strategic decisions related to admission process.

Chatbot for Admission Query Resolution

 

AI driven Chatbots can be useful to simplify student query resolution during admission process. Chatbots are 24X7 helping agent programmed to answer frequently asked questions of the student

AI can give feedback's to teachers

AI can give feedback to teachers

In the classroom, there are many students who have different learning styles. All students might not respond in a similar manner to one particular teaching method. A method which works with one student might not necessarily work with a different student. Teachers need to understand how students respond to different techniques and which technique or method is more effective in helping students understand different concepts. 

 

Let’s also consider a different scenario. One technique which might be useful in teaching one concept, might not necessarily work for another. Thus it becomes quite difficult for teachers to come up with the perfect way to teach students.  

 

AI can help teachers solve this problem by providing feedback.

 

AI can monitor the batch’s performance in a quiz or test and give detailed analytics to the batch’s performance for various subjects and topics. With the help of this feedback, teachers know exactly how students respond to a particular technique. 

 

Over time, with sufficient feedback provided by AI, teachers can come with a perfect strategy to teach students. An added advantage of this feedback system is that teachers know which students are lagging, and they can personally work with these students to help them understand concepts.

AI can be a Personal Teaching Assistant

AI can be Personal Teaching Assistant

We have started using AI-powered personal assistants on a daily basis and for personal tasks like making a reservation at a restaurant, booking flight tickets, ordering something with a mere voice command, making an appointment with your dentist and so on. 

 

As we have discussed before, social media apps and websites use AI algorithms to track your activity and understand your preferences and areas of interest to curate a personalised feed for you and give you a better experience. You can notice this in the typical ‘for you’ section on many websites and platforms you frequently visit. 

 

So, we have entered an era where everything can be personalised to suit our tastes and interests. This is changing how we viewed machines and technology, a series of rigid codes capable of doing only one task. 

 

This principle of personalising technology can be used in education as well!

 

AI can understand and adapt to a student’s learning abilities and it can come up with personalized teaching techniques to help students understand concepts more easily. AI can also help students understand the practical implementation of theory, and go beyond rote learning. 

 

Personalized AI assistants can be used to address the shortage of teachers in the education sector. These tools find the best ways to teach students by studying their behaviour and response to different techniques and help students learn at their own pace. 

 

An added advantage of such tools is that they can be used for students with special needs. AI can come up with the right methods of imparting education, unique and best suited to the child. This can greatly contribute to the development of the child.

Virtual Reality to enhance learning

Virtual Reality to enhance learning

Another technology that is revolutionising the way students learn is Virtual Reality. This technology can be used to a great extent to enhance the practical learning experience of students. 

 

Virtual Reality can be used to take students on a virtual field trip. Not only will this technology save time and money, but also promote practical learning and give students hands-on experience.

 

This technology can especially be used by students pursuing online, distance education courses and help improve learning outcomes. Such programs are already adopted by the Stanford School of Business and University of British Columbia Law School. 

Smart Campus Assistant

Smart Campus Assistant

The Internet of Things can possibly change universities into smarter work environments and smarter places to learn. At its centre, the innovation is basic, it’s all about interfacing gadgets over the internet and letting them converse with us, as well as with each other. 

 

Smart classrooms will likewise upgrade the learning experience of the students. A classroom equipped with the Internet of Things can adjust to the customized settings to set up the room for various faculty members. Monitoring participation and attendance of students and invigilating tests will likewise be computerized and made significantly more powerful. 

 

This improvement in technology will empower smart campuses to adopt advanced frameworks to automatically monitor and control every facility. Universities will have the option to screen parking spots, building alarms, room utilization, heating and lighting all effectively.

What's Next?

Whats next

Artificial Intelligence is a technology most of us thought was limited to fiction and pop culture. But here we are, today AI plays a huge part in our daily lives. It is being used in agriculture for predicting the weather and monitoring farms. AI is also being used to predict if a person will have breast cancer in the next five years from a mammograph. 

 

With such varied applications and versatility of AI, it can definitely play a huge role in the education sector. It has already started making its mark with various uses like Smart Campus Assistants, Virtual Reality in Classrooms, Personal Teaching Assistants, AI-powered Online Assessment Tools and so on.

 

As Artificial Intelligence more advanced, new realms of the collaboration of education with AI will open up and surprise us. 

About the Author
Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

 

Swapnil has more than 15 years of experience in the Information Technology sector. He has been working on digital platforms in the education sector. Swapnil is an avid reader and writes articles on technology and leading developments in the education and IT sectors. Swapnil has active podcast about Education Technology which has various discussions about trends in education technology adoption.

 

Swapnil is the founder of Splashgain, an Education Technology company from India working on various innovative EdTech platforms for examinations, proctoring solutions, digital admission process and more.

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How Technology in Education is Revolutionizing The Way You Learn? https://www.blog.epravesh.com/technology-in-education/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 12:28:18 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6842 Technology in ClassroomTeaching is a primary act that differentiates us, humans, from all other animals because it..

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How is technology revolutionizing the way you learn

Teaching is a primary act that differentiates us, humans, from all other animals because it allows us to manage information down through time and make advancements. They are no known teaching methods in non-human primates, beyond simple learning mechanisms such as imitation and emulation.

Currently, we live in the 21st century and technology continues to infiltrate every area of our lives, and we cannot ignore the benefits it has on education. Today, we see iPads and tablets replacing bulky textbooks, while smartphones allow for quick research and access to the educational apps. Technology also helps teachers by helping them collect student data that can have a positive impact on learning outcomes. In a study conducted by KIPP Academy in Houston, TX, it was seen that the overall rating of students who were proficient in studies was 49% higher in classrooms that use iPads compared to traditional classrooms with no iPads.

Technology in education is a debatable topic in society. There are a large number of positives and negatives to education technology. But, slowly as the technology was welcomed by the educational institutes, they understood the significance of technology in education. Its positives outnumbered the negatives and now, with technology, education has taken a whole new shape that it leaves us with no doubt that our educational system has been transformed owing to the ever-advancing technology. 

As you can see, the impact that technology can have on student learning outcomes is quite significant. It has a unique opportunity to change the way that students learn. When technology is embraced in the classroom, students are better positioned to be successful in their lives outside of school. 

How do Digital Tools help Education Centers?

Digital learning Stats

Implementing technology in the classroom enhances student learning. However, it is also important to remember that it is not a complete replacement for traditional methods. Below, let us look at the various benefits technology has on learning.

Textbooks are loosing their relevance

A decade back, for most of us, one of the favourite back-to-school activities was making book covers for textbooks. This fun craft-filled ritual will soon be hushed because of the impending extinction of textbooks. Today, eBooks are more popular, which makes sense because they are cheaper, more interactive and more up-to-date.

Extending education beyond the four walls of classrooms

With the availability of portable devices like iPads, students are no longer restricted to a computer lab. As soon as an assignment is assigned, students can immediately work on it inside their classroom, at home or even while waiting for the bus. Technology has the potential to help fill in the gap between the classroom and home learning.

Classrooms are more collaborative

One of the characteristics of the modern classroom is collaboration. Students can collaborate in and outside of the school more effectively, with the help of technology. 

Change in the relationship between Student and Teacher

Gone are the days when students used to wait for the teacher to come to class and pass on the information related to different concepts that were taught in class. These days students can update themselves with the help of technology. Also, all their doubts can be cleared at that very moment, and all these things are possible because of technology. 

Customized Learning

Customized learning means getting personalized notes and lessons, which are designed based on the student’s ability to study. This allows students to learn at their own pace. It is easier to excel at thermodynamics when a student learns at his/her own level and pace.

Increased Retention Rate

Students retain information better when technology is used as a learning tool. In a study, 20-second graders were asked to make a PowerPoint presentation about an animal of their choice. 18 out of the 20 students remembered more facts from their presentation than students who completed the project without using PowerPoint. This study clearly depicts how technology helps students retain what they learn better.

Technology makes learning fun

Technology can make a student’s least favourite subject interesting by incorporating virtual lessons, games and other interactive teaching methods into daily lessons. It is difficult to turn a boring subject into something that will capture a student’s attention with the help of a standard textbook. 

Does Technology engage students in learning?

Does technology engage students in learning

Prepares Students for a better future

Schools need to prepare students to engage in the new technological world successfully. Almost all jobs now include some form of interaction with technology. Besides, education is not just about memorizing facts or expanding vocabulary; it is primarily about learning skills that prepare students to better interact with the world and be successful in the workforce.

Improved Communication

Ineffective communication among teachers and students can be a hindrance to learning and education. Technology can prevent this by turning the classroom into a network where teachers can post assignments online, and students can more readily ask teachers and their peers’ questions and document a record of past discussions and more.

It is now possible to obtain a degree Online

Online education provides a stunning arrangement for working professionals who can’t be present in a physical classroom. From the ivy leagues to junior colleges, many different types of institutions offer online courses, certifications, and degrees.

Digital Simulations and Models

Digital simulations and models help educators teach complex concepts and can help students who are visual or tactual learners better grasp the concepts.

Advanced Analytics is Re-shaping Curriculum

Educational scientists and curriculum designers can work with data analysts to assess academic shortcomings and track progress while implementing a new curriculum. After implementing the new curriculum, analysts can compare the student test results to those facilitated by the previous curriculum to see if the adjustment worked. 

Paperless Environment

One of the most significant impacts that technology has on education is that it creates a paperless environment. Schools are taking the initiative of going paperless by introducing E-textbooks and E-notebooks. Few schools are even taking the initiative of introducing special tabs for writing exams.

These are only a couple of instances of how technology is improving education. The list will continue endlessly and will keep on developing. By 2050, there is no telling of how different the interiors of schools and classrooms will look and function.

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8 Benefits of Podcasts in Education https://www.blog.epravesh.com/podcast-in-education/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 17:12:48 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6811 8 Benefits of Podcasts in EducationPodcasts or the radio of the internet, have gained increasing popularity over the past few..

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8 Benefits of Podcasts in Education

Podcasts or the radio of the internet, have gained increasing popularity over the past few years. The idea of listening to a topic of your choice and interest on the go has resonated with many people. 

 

Podcasts have gained popularity because they can very easily fit into our daily, fast-paced lives. You can find podcasts of varying lengths and across many topics.

Only fifteen minutes to spare? There’s a podcast for you.

 

Want to catch up on the news? Want to listen to a story? Do you like cars? Do you prefer politics? Be it anything, there’s a podcast for you. 

 

Additionally, with podcasts comes versatility and accessibility which other mediums of information and entertainment cannot offer. You might not necessarily read a thirty-thousand-word blog, but you can listen to a podcast about the same topic in bits on your daily commute to school or work. 

 

You can listen to podcasts while doing any task, be it cooking, cleaning, driving, commuting, shopping and so on. Even videos do not offer such versatility, where you need to sit down and stop everything to watch the video. 

 

Podcasts have created communities of like-minded individuals and given followers a sense of belonging and a space to interact and share interests. Making podcasts is also relatively easy than making and editing a video, which might take up many days. 

 

By the year 2020, the global podcast industry is expected to reach US$ 20 Billion. Podcasts have become increasingly popular in many countries, Indians too are increasingly becoming active consumers of podcasts. 

 

Digital penetration in India is increasing, around three-hundred million people have smartphones and around six-hundred and twenty-seven million people have access to the internet. This means that there is a lot of potential for podcasts to be consumed, and the number of podcast listeners can easily cross tens of millions in the coming years. 

 

Spotify, one of the leading platforms for podcasts, had already gathered two million users in India in the first quarter of 2019. Other music streaming services like Apple Music and Amazon Music have also started streaming podcasts, giving access to podcasts to a wider audience. Independent podcasts are also mushrooming in the country. 

 

The Indian Podcast Listener Statistics in 2018 found that among all Indians who listen to podcasts, 77 percent do so on their phones, mostly while commuting.

How many people listen to podcasts on their smart phones

One of India’s most distinct identity is its diversity and the robust love and pride her people take in their mother tongue. Podcasts, which initially streamed only in English, have now started streaming in various regional languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati. Tamil and many more. This has diversified the reach of podcasts in the diverse nation. 

 

According to a report by Google, Indian regional language internet users are expected to account nearly for 75% of India’s internet user base by 2021. This diversification of podcasts in regional languages has struck an emotional chord with many Indians who grew up listening to radio programs and television programs in their mother tounges. 

 

Furthermore, recent technological advancements like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) have made podcasts more personalized, offering an array that suits the interests of the consumers. 

 

Technology always has an impact on every sector, and education is no exception. New technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have already made their way into education and are transforming how we impart education. 

 

Artificial Intelligence has helped us make education an immersive experience and help students understand and learn like never before. AI-powered tools are making education and learning more personalized to suit the student’s abilities and come up technique’s best suited for the student. 

 

AI tools are also helping teachers by taking up administrative tasks like conducting exams, grading assignments and quizzes and so on. This has helped teachers dedicate more time to students. 

 

How universities are using Podcasts to enhance student learning?

Podcasts have made their way into the education sector. There are many podcasts dedicated to various subjects and topics for students to listen to and learn from. Podcasting gives teachers and professors the ability to share their lectures with students seamlessly and make them available 24/7. 

 

Podcasts can easily be used in educational institutions to impart education in a new interactive way to improve the teaching and learning methods. Many educational institutions have started their own podcasts for the benefit of students.

 

New interesting podcasts about education and new education technologies are coming up. There are many opportunities to listen to those podcasts and enhance your knowledge by listening to experts in the education field.

 

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, United States of America, has started its own podcast leading lines. Launched in 2016, leading lines talks about education technology and its importance in enhancing student learning. 

 

Stanford University has launched its podcast, the Stanford Innovation Lab. Professor Tina Seelig from the university talks about the creative processes behind engineering. She also offers tips to other professors on how they can promote creative and innovative thinking. 


TOPcast or Teaching Online Podcast, a podcast by the University of Central Florida is hosted by the vice provost Tom Cavanagh and executive director for the Center of Distributed Learning Kelvin Thompson. The podcast includes interviews with industry experts on various topics. Its mainly focuses on issues in the online education system.

How Podcasts can be used in Education Industry?

How Podcasts can be used in the Education Industry

1. Round the clock availability of Podcasts

One of the greatest advantages of podcasts is their round the clock availability. Students can easily access the podcasts at any time that suits them. This means that students can learn on the go and whenever they are comfortable.  

 

Many students have access to a smartphone and an internet connection, and they can download these podcasts on their mobile devices and listen to them on loop or as many time as they want to listen to them. 

 

There are many podcast apps which can be downloaded on mobile devices, enabling students to access a wide array of podcats and find the ones which they like the best. Many music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have also started streaming podcasts on their platforms, increasing the number of podcasts students can access very easily. 

2. It is easier to listen to podcasts longer than reading for a long time

Because of the kind of content we consume nowadays and the way communication has evolved over the years, the attention span of younger generations has decreased. This means that internet users prefer video or audio content over written content. 

 

Students prefer listening to podcasts in bits and chunks than reading the same information written for more than 20,000 words. Also, students can easily listen to podcasts while doing other everyday tasks, while it takes a lot of patience for them to sit down to study for hours on end and it is easy to get distracted. 

 

One of the longest podcasts is a history podcast and it can easily run for more than three hours. If people can listen to that, then students can easily listen to educational podcasts which usually have a shorter run time. 

3. Podcasts can create student communities

Students can create their own podcasts which questions, topic discussions and so on. Students know and understand which methods of learning work best for them and their peers, they can use this knowledge to create podcasts for themselves and create a community of students in which everyone can contribute and help each other.

4. Revision

Professors can record their lectures and upload them as podcasts. Students can download these podcasts and listen to them again and again. This also creates a very valuable learning material for students. 

 

As these recorded lectures are accessible anytime and anywhere, students can access them easily and revise whenever they want to. These podcasts will come in handy before the exams when students have to revise topics. This will reduce the burden and stress that students face before exams as lectures will always be available to them. 

 

Podcasts can also be used by students to understand a concept or topic which they found hard to grasp during lectures. The 24/7 availability of podcasts helps students understand topics at their own pace. 

5. Catch up on missed classes

Students who have missed classes can use these podcasts to catch up with their peers and not lag behind. This is really helpful for students who have missed multiple classes due to medical reasons or for other reasons which made them unable to attend classes.

 

Similarly, teachers can create podcasts of their lectures beforehand if they would be unable to take classes in the coming days. These podcasts can be sent to students, ensuring that the class won’t fall behind schedule. 

6. Excellent Learning tool for visually impaired students

Podcasts are an excellent tool for students who are visually impaired. They can easily access podcasts and listen to them whenever they want. Podcasts are a great way to impart education for visually impaired students.

7. Podcasts can create Teacher Communities

There are many podcasts that are run by teachers for teachers. Such podcasts are a place to discuss experiences and situation teachers face in the classrooms. This has helped create a global community of teachers where they can learn from each other’s experiences, share experiences, give advice and offer support to their colleagues worldwide. 

 

These podcasts can also be used to talk about new methods which have been implemented and the teacher’s experience with them. The podcasts can also be used to talk about new technologies and advancements that are coming up in the education sector. 

8. Explore new territories

With the wide array of content available across numerous subjects and topics in the form of podcasts, students can delve deeper into subjects and topics they might like and want to pursue further. 

 

Podcasts are a great way to explore new topics and interests whenever they have leisure time or when they are doing daily tasks like commuting, transiting, cooking, cleaning or gyming and exercising. 

 

And the best features of podcasts are that they are very easily accessible and you only have to pay a minimal subscription fee, some podcasts are even free! 

What's next?

What's next

We can easily say that in the near future podcasts will become an integral part of our daily lives. Be it listening to your favorite podcast on your way to work, or listening to a podcast about the recent trends in education technology, podcasts will play a more prominent role in entertainment and education alike. 

 

New technologies are helping create more personalized content for consumers, creating a wider audience and the need for more content. With technological advancements and increasing digital penetration and access to the internet, be sure to see a surge of podcasts and an equally strong desire of internet users to consume content, personalized to their likes and interests to a T. 

 

So, watch out! 

About the Author
Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

 

Swapnil has more than 15 years of experience in the Information Technology sector. He has been working on digital platforms in the education sector. Swapnil is an avid reader and writes articles on technology and leading developments in the education and IT sectors. Swapnil has active podcast about Education Technology which has various discussions about trends in education technology adoption.

 

Swapnil is the founder of Splashgain, an Education Technology company from India working on various innovative EdTech platforms for examinations, proctoring solutions, digital admission process and more.

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Promising Benefits of technology integration in the education territory https://www.blog.epravesh.com/integrating-technology-with-education/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:06:46 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6797 Benefits of Technology in EducationLet’s suppose you had $13.2 billion. Where would you spend it? My father is a..

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Promising Benefits of Technology integration in the Education territory

Let’s suppose you had $13.2 billion. Where would you spend it?

My father is a firm supporter of education. He believes that learning is a continuous process from the cradle to the grave. So that’s where he would spend it. And there are many that are on the same page as him.

With the rate at which technological advancements are revolutionizing the world, every industry needs to hop on board. And the education sector is no different.

Research suggests that the potential of technology in education is phenomenal. Moreover, it has the immense power to transform and streamline the entire system.

In the US alone, spending on ed-tech has exceeded $13.2 billion, according to news.mit.edu. 

 

Countries around the world are also implementing strategies that use technology in education. They aim at expanding access to quality education while supporting the learning process with innovative techniques. 

Advantages of Technology in the Education Sector

Strategies that incorporate technology can help both the teachers as well as the students. The apparent rewards include enhanced learning methods that improve the capacity, productivity, and performance of all students. 

 

With the right implementation, the integration of technology can foster a positive change. Here are just a few benefits that any institution can acquire, regardless of the size of the establishment or age of the students.

1. Topics become more interesting

With growing attention on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning, digital methods can be used to make academics more practical. Digital studies can implement theoretical explanations, boosting the level of classroom experiences, engagement, and learning outcomes.

Using Canvas as a learning and communication tool

A research was conducted by New Mexico State University, according to which 77% of students’ favored using canvas as a learning tool in their courses. 

2. Teaching Made Easy

Digital simulations and models allow teachers to explain difficult concepts clearly. Audio-visual presentations vastly improve the retention of new ideas.

Moreover, the diverse array of teaching tools facilitate the delivery of any lesson, considerably enhancing the level of comprehension within the class.

The good news is that teachers value digital tech and believe it helps supplement their teaching strategies. The journal.com stated that 96% said it would continue to play a positive role in education.  

Digital Technologies in Education

3. Effective Assessment Strategies

Online educational tools offer an effective way to track a student’s progress. Several technological trends will influence education. But AI-driven assessments are hitting the mark. They simplify and automate tasks, speeding up the evaluation process. 

But online assessments provide a holistic approach to institutions and students not only to assess themselves but also rank them among their peers. 

 

More importantly, various software and apps provide answers and explanations in real-time. This fosters the learning process, as students can learn from their mistakes right away. This form of evaluation and assessment is likely to become the norm in the coming years.

4. Personalized Teaching Approach

The assessments mentioned above provide teachers with a clear picture of a student’s overall progress. Interactive tools can help teachers effectively analyze and assess a student’s performance in a variety of subjects. Alongside accuracy, the time taken to answer a question can also be noted. If a student’s performance is not up to par, a teacher can intervene sooner. 

 

Moreover, a personalized lesson plan can be devised to cater to the individual needs of that student. This provides students with the opportunity to study at their own pace. Difficult concepts can be worked on with additional practice on digital learning aids.

How has technology affected your students learning

5. Automate Tasks

From taking roll call to grading papers, several tasks can be automated. Records can be kept up to date efficiently and accurately. According to the Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector, a report showed that AI in the US education system would grow by 47.5% from 2017-2021.

 

But it’s not all about what happens in the classroom that matters. Institutions spend a tremendous amount of time and resources on repetitive tasks. So just like any other business, numerous administrative duties can be automated, from admissions to payroll. 

6. Improved Communication

 

Correspondence among teachers, parents, and students can be simplified. Institutions can create a network where assignments and progress reports are posted progressively. But more importantly, students can utilize platforms to ask their classmates or teachers questions about assignments and projects. Often schools develop personalized software that serves this purpose.

7. Education for Everyone

Technology promotes distance learning, making education accessible for any student, at any age, from any location. According to the World Education News + Reviews, nearly a third of all college students took at least one online course in 2016. Almost half studied exclusively online. But research shows that global e-learning will grow approximately 7 – 10% over the coming years.

 

The availability of online resources has revolutionized the education system. From micro-learning courses to degree courses, anyone who has an internet connection can tap into these archives. But the best part is that many offer free or discounted courses, making education affordable for anyone.

Digital Learning Technology

Source: https://www.mheducation.com/news-media/press-releases/2016-digital-study-trends-survey.html

 

A survey of college students was conducted related to digital learning technology, and the results served as the real eye-opener. 84% of students believe that digital learning technology helps improve education. This undoubtedly says a lot, and there is no point in the debate. 

8. Further Employment Opportunities

It’s not only full-time students that are availing education. Professionals often seek out opportunities to further their careers. A 2018 study conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics found that earnings increased with increased levels of education

 

But technology offers a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. Continuing further education through programs such as Executive Master of Business Administration (eMBA) can help bolster an individual’s personal and academic development. Most institutions provide schedules in a way that works best for the candidates, especially with the help of technological integration. 

9. Improved Access to Information

Whether it’s through apps, devices, digital materials, or online tools, information is vastly accessible. And thanks to technology, the learning process never stops. Students now have access to unlimited online educational content, such as newspapers, articles, research reports, studies, and much more. And where would anyone be without Google search!

 

Furthermore, teachers have greater access to technology. Incorporating multiple tools and techniques in the classroom creates the best results.

Which of the following technologies do you use in your practice

10. Facilitates Collaboration

 

More often than not, students must learn to work together as a team. Technology offers an easy solution. From sharing notes to emailing files to scanning documents to video conferencing, the collaborative techniques are endless. Once all members are connected, everyone has the capability to contribute, share, access, etc. various aspects of a project.

Technology at School- Friend or Foe?

While some may label gadgets as disruptors in a classroom, these very devices have become an intricate part of today’s society. The debate has transitioned from whether technology should be used in learning how it can improve the education system. 

Despite global advancements in technology, educational institutions have not adopted the same momentum as other industries have. For instance, the automotive sector has developed by leaps and bounds over the past decades.

Education Technologies that can have greater impact on student learning

Source: https://www.emergingedtech.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/SurveyResults_MostImpactful1.png

A study was conducted related to the most impactful technologies and the outcome was promising. The respondent favored professional development the most. 

 

In the education sector, there is access to equipment. But often, there isn’t enough onsite support or adequate implementation. However, educators are doing their very best to prepare students for the future. And that includes creating a unique skill set that utilizes the technology of the 21st century. 

This is only the beginning ….

Whether it’s through web-based activities, interactive games, or online lesson plans, teaching as we know it has transformed forever. And things are changing on all levels- from pre-K to university. 

Only time will tell what future technological advancements will bring to the classroom. But without a doubt, it will carry the education sector to greater heights.

 

And as edtechmagazine.com is pointing out, two-thirds of the teachers want more technology in the classroom. So that’s the way to go.

Author Bio:

Alma Causey is a passionate writer. She is the University of Tempa alumni. Her love for writing is infinite. To date, she has written various writing pieces related to business, HR, education, Technology, and Health. She is also very fond of travelling, reading, going to the movies, enjoying family gatherings, and horseback riding. Find her on Twitter: @Almacausey.

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Voice Technology: The latest trend in higher education https://www.blog.epravesh.com/voice-technology-in-education/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:38:11 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6778 Voice Technology in Education“Hey, Alexa! Place an order for the iPhone XS, 64 GB”   “Which colour do..

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Voice Technology-The latest trend in education

“Hey, Alexa! Place an order for the iPhone XS, 64 GB”

 

“Which colour do you want Swapnil, Gold, Silver or Space Grey?”

 

“Space Grey please, Alexa!”  

 

Lo and behold! Your Space Grey, iPhone XS 64 GB, is at your doorstep within a week of giving a voice command to your Amazon Echo, a smart speaker and a home assistant. Virtual personal assistants and virtual home assistants have seen a surge in popularity and usage. 

 

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home have found wider acceptance in many households. People are turning to these speakers to make their lives easier. These speakers can easily take care of all your appointments, remind you about upcoming meetings and what you need to prepare for them, remind you to follow up with your client and even pay the electricity bill for you. 

 

This graph here shows how many voice assistants were installed in 2019:

 

In the past six months, there were 32.1 Million engagements with Alexa, out of which 12.04% were from Indian users. According to a study by Juniper Research, by 2023 there will be 8 billion voice assistants in use. 

These devices are the driving forces of the new phenomenon of smart homes. These are houses which can be controlled from simple voice commands. From asking your home assistant to set the mood for a romantic dinner to ordering food from your favourite restaurant for the romantic dinner, these virtual assistants can do everything. 

 

These devices work on the AI-powered voice recognition technology and they truly are personal assistants. These devices learn about your preferences continuously and personalize the information you receive. For example, these devices will remember which restaurant you frequently order from and will present you with similar restaurants when the opportunity presents. 

“Hey Siri, tell me more about voice recognition technology”

Give Siri some rest, and let me elaborate on how this technology functions. 

Voice recognition is the capacity of a machine or program to receive and comprehend and complete spoken directions. Voice recognition has gained popularity and uses with the ascent of AI and smart assistants, for example, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant.

 

Voice recognition frameworks empower users to interact with technology basically by addressing it, allowing hands-free information exchanges, reminders and other simple tasks to take place. 

How Voice Recognition functions?

Voice recognition programming on PCs necessitates that Analog audio input is changed over into digital signals, known as analog-to-digital transformation. For a PC to decode a signal, it must have a digital database, or vocabulary, of words or syllables, as well as a fast means for comparing this information with signals. 

 

The speech patterns are stored on the hard drive and stacked into memory when the program is run. A comparator checks these stored patterns against the yield of the A/D (Analog-to-digital) converter; an activity called pattern recognition. 

 

Practically speaking, the size of a voice recognition program’s successful vocabulary is directly related to the random access memory capacity of the computer in which it is installed. A voice recognition program runs ordinarily quicker if the whole vocabulary can be stacked into the RAM, as contrasted with searching the hard drive for a portion of the matches. Processing speed is critical, too, because it influences how quick the PC can scan the RAM for matches.

Can Voice Recognition be used in Education?

Lonely vast libraries, dingy and cramped dorm rooms, crowded and noisy coffee shops. These are most likely what study hours look like for those pursuing higher education at universities. Long hours spent in one of these settings has long been the centre for knowledge for students across the world. However, things are slowly but steadily progressing towards a much more steadfast and tech-savvy world, with voice technology making an entry into the higher education space. 

A “Let me get back to you on that” from the professor could become a thing of the past when all that is to be done is asking the latest AI integrated voice activation unit closest to you, be it, Alexa, Siri or Cortana. This is because educational institutions and educators in the higher education space across the world are looking at voice-enabled technology as a legitimately promising tool on campus, inside and outside the classroom. 

There are quite a few advantages of using this technology in the education space. From easy access to university information to real-world understanding of topics, voice technology promises to be a relevant tool for the universities and students. And it almost seems imperative, at this point. Since the advent of voice-enabled devices, the technology has smoothly entered our homes, our kitchens and bedrooms, our office spaces and even our lawns.

In countries like the USA, 9 out of 10 children have access to smart speakers.  It was only a matter of time when this technology came knocking at the doors of education. 

 

The utility of voice-enabled technology has promising prospects to enable students with tools to ensure a smooth sail through their higher education, with completion of projects, expansion of their technical skills and making them more industry-ready. A testament to this would be the students of Arizona State University, who used voice-enabled technology to develop an app that allows learners with Down Syndrome to access voice-guided relaxation techniques and practices, to hear words of encouragement and reassurance spoken by their caregivers, and to pose questions. 

 

Understandably, this savvy piece of technology has taken to the liking of the student body, as it considerably reduces the time and energy students spend crouched over books, staring at screens, waiting in lines at administrative offices, and in anticipation of their professors’ arrival to get their work done and questions answered. 

 

With the evident initial success of the implementation of this technology in certain spaces of educational institutions, universities are now closely looking at employing voice-enabled devices to inform, direct and aid classroom instruction effectively. Among a few, one plan involves installing devices in classrooms to allow faculty members to easily control audiovisual technologies and be less dependent on lectures. 

How Voice Recognition is being used in Higher Education?

1. Smart Campus Assistants

Universities’ are choosing to equip their student housing facilities with individual voice-enabled technology devices. And students are utilising the same for a plethora of things including locating rooms and offices, determining when to opt or opt-out of classes, and obtain other college and campus-related information. Students also use these devices to listen to the college radio station via voice command as well as to hear the latest campus news.

2. Podcasting: Learning Anytime and Anywhere

Podcasting-Learning Anytime and Anywhere

One of the greatest advantages of podcasts is their round the clock availability. Students can easily access the podcasts at any time that suits them. This means that students can learn on the go and whenever they are comfortable.  

Many students have access to a smartphone and an internet connection, and they can download these podcasts on their mobile devices and listen to them on loop or as many time as they want to listen to them. 

 

There are many podcast apps which can be downloaded on mobile devices, enabling students to access a wide array of podcats and find the ones which they like the best. Many music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have also started streaming podcasts on their platforms, increasing the number of podcasts students can access very easily.

 

Many universities have also started their own podcasts on various subjects and topics. These podcasts are hosted by reputed professors and are usually accessible to anyone without any fee or a very minimal fee. This means that students have access to quality learning material anytime, anywhere.

3. Revision

Revisions

Students have also been using voice-based technology to retrieve audio lectures and go over their courses subsequent to the completion of the lectures.

 

Professors can record their lectures and upload them as podcasts. Students can download these podcasts and listen to them again and again. This also creates a very valuable learning material for students. 

 

As these recorded lectures are accessible anytime and anywhere, students can access them easily and revise whenever they want to. These podcasts will come in handy before the exams when students have to revise topics. This will reduce the burden and stress that students face before exams as lectures will always be available to them. 

 

Podcasts can also be used by students to understand a concept or topic which they found hard to grasp during lectures. The 24/7 availability of podcasts helps students understand topics at their own pace.

4. Self-Paced Learning

Self-Paced Learning

With access to learning material 24/7 and the command of your voice, voice-recognition technology helps students to learn at a comfortable pace. It provides a lot of flexibility. Manu educational podcasters are having interesting learning topics about some of the latest knowledge in various fields like technology, history, geography etc. You can listen to podcast multiple times, revise the things. 

 

You can access any podcast or nay audio material for free, as many times as you want and whenever you want. This is perhaps the most comfortable learning has been for students in a very long time. There is no need to rush to the library during library hours and waiting in lines for hours, only to find out the reference book you wanted has been given to someone else and you won’t have it for another week! 

 

Where Next?

where next_

AI-driven technologies like voice recognition and facial recognition over the world. Our devices are getting more intelligent and are assisting us in our daily tasks. The day when we control our homes, office spaces and cars at a mere voice command or even a thought, is not very far. 

 

As we have seen AI has applications across varied sectors, and it is only natural to see voice-recognition play a bigger role in education in the very near future. Voice-enabled personal teaching assistants could very well be the new students’ aid. 

 

“Hey, Siri! You amaze us all!”  

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil has experience of more than 15 years in the Information Technology sector. He has been working on digital platforms in the education sector. Swapnil is an avid reader and writes articles on technology and leading developments in the education and IT sectors. 

Swapnil is the founder of Splashgain, an Education Technology company from India working on various innovative EdTech platforms for examinations, proctoring solutions, digital admission process and more. Splashgain has been working with many educational institutes and universities for AI-powered innovations and solutions to transform the education sector.

 

Splashgain has also filed a patent for an innovative product based on AI.

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How Blockchain can revolutionise Education Technology https://www.blog.epravesh.com/blockchain-education-technology/ Wed, 04 Dec 2019 11:00:21 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6755 BlockChain in EdTechTechnology is changing every horizon and segment of our lives. It has been marching aggressively..

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BlockChain for Education Technology

Technology is changing every horizon and segment of our lives. It has been marching aggressively and changing the landscape of each sector with innovative solutions. Blockchain is becoming a buzzword in today’s technology world and the coming decade might see a plethora of opportunities and innovations revolving around blockchain.

 

Blockchain would be projected to add a business value of more than 176 billion USD by 2025 (Source: Gartner)

 

The most important aspect is, it is likely to exceed in excess of 1.3 trillion by 2030. 84% of the organizations are actively involved in some kind of blockchain activites.In a PwC survey of 600 executives from 15 territories, 84 percent say their organizations have at least some involvement with blockchain technology. More than 50% of those individuals or organizations cited regulatory uncertainty as one of the hurdles in blockchain technology.

What is BlockChain?

What is BlockChain

Blockchain is an emerging technology. It is going to dominate innovation across many businesses in the coming years. It is the same technology which has been used to design cryptocurrency.

It is still nascent in terms of knowledge or skill set availability for implementation. 

Whenever there is the need for some kind of collaboration or work is distributed across multiple entities, many organizations or entities are involved in updating or authenticity of the database/information, blockchain can be your go-to technology.  In today’s globalized world there is the essence of continuous information exchange, collaboration. Blockchain can be a solution for this global world.

 

Blockchain as the word specifies it is a combination of blocks connected with linking or chain. Each block communicates with other nodes or blocks in a secure manner. Each update is informed to other node or block so that information across all nodes is in synced and stable.

Why BlockChain?

Blockchain offers many advantages for the implementation of collaborative and distributed information-oriented solutions. A ledge is a common form of entry table for the financial world and multiple entries in the ledger would form base information to work on it.

Collaborative Information

Information storage is managed in such a way that collaboration and information exchange becomes easy and secure. Traditional database designs have limitations in terms of the ability of collaboration, and information exchange with third-party applications in a secure manner.

 

Blockchain can solve this problem.

Decentralized Information

Information is not stored in the central database but it is distributed across nodes. Even if one node fails, the same information copy is available with another node as a failsafe mechanism. It makes system availability even in case of particular node failure.

 

Information Trust

Blockchain technology is nothing but database nodes distributed across multiple locations and connected to each other. If the information at particular node changes then it is informed to all other nodes so that those nodes would be updated with the latest updates. 

 

Information accessed through blockchain ensures that it is authentic and secure information which can be trusted.

Highly Secured

Information storage is maintained in a highly secure encrypted format where each data updation is verified across nodes for data consistency and manipulations.

 

It makes blockchain technology highly secure from fraud and hacking.

Where BlockChain can be used in Education?

Blockchain

Convert Paper-based System to Paperless

 

The majority of the work done in an educational institution is based on the paper. Technology like blockchain can transform it into a simplified paperless manner.

 

Let’s check out some of the use cases of blockchain technology in Education.

 

BlockChain for Student Academic Data Storage and Verification

Student Data Storage and Verification

Student academic data like marks obtained in particular examination, leaving certificates, Course completion certificates are issued by the university or authority of particular education institute department.

 

Students usually get photocopies of those documents and it is being issued on request to various entities for job applications, admission to another institute, scholarship applications, etc.

To tackle misplacement of Academic Documents

Misplacing Student Academic Documents

 

There are quite a few incidences where students misplace their academic certificates. In such a case, they need to apply to education institutions or authority to issue those certificates after making payment of certain fees. It is a manual activity. In case if a student requires those certificates or documents on an urgent basis then getting duplicate copies of the certificates becomes impossible.

Re-issuance of Academic Document to Students

Re-issue Students Academic Documents

Most of the time, education institutions or authorities receive thousands of requests from students for re-issuance of their academic certificates, mark sheets. Based on a permanent registration number or photocopy submitted by the student, the university needs to extract information from their database and issue a fresh copy of the certificate or mark sheet.

 

It is quite a tedious , laborious and time-consuming job for the education institute.

Verification request by an Authority for Student Academic Data Verification

 

This is a very common case where the student has submitted individual mark sheets or academic certificates for various scenarios. You can consider the following typical scenarios.

1. Student admission transfer to another institute or university for study

 

This is a common scenario for some of the universities in the west and likely to be the norm in Indian universities as well. Students want to switch universities or particular stream/ course after completion of some of the semesters. When students apply for another university course, it needs to verify previous records of the students. Most of the times this verification is manual. Some of the students also produce false or manipulated records to the university. It becomes impossible to verify if the information is 100% or not.

2. Student need to share Academic Credentials during Job Applications

When students are applying for jobs after completion of graduation, organizations find is very difficult to verify actual academic records of the individual. Most of the times organizations need to outsource activity of verification to some third party agency.

 

Background or academic verification is costly and organizations need to spend a lot of resources for the verification process.

3. Student need to apply for scholarship of various Organizations, NGO's, Governments, Institutes

Like the above mentioned 2 cases, in this scenario also manual verification of academic records is needed. Organizations need to connect with university or certificate issuing authority to verify documents submitted by the students.

 

Manual verification is error-prone and time-consuming and involves huge administrative activities.

4. Student need to perceive some Government Benefits based on Academic Credentials

 

Govt has various policies beneficial for the students from specific background and who are excelling in academics. Students need to submit their documents to the Govt and in this case as well as manual verification of academic records is inevitable.

5. Student application for Education Loan

 

Education loan entities like Banks, non-banking financial institutions, nonprofit organizations requests student academic records to assess the eligibility of education loan. In this case, manual verification of academic records for each applicant becomes tedious task and there is no guarantee that verification is done with 100% accuracy and the student has not manipulated records to get an education loan.

 

In all the above-mentioned cases, the entity on the other side needs to do manual verification by contacting that authority who has issued those certificates to the student. It is a time-consuming process as there is no standard mechanism available for communication and information exchange related to student academic credentials.

Manual Task for the Verification Process

 

Entire task of academic certificate issuance, verification is manual and blockchain can solve this scenario by simplification of information exchange, collaboration and secure way of issuing digital academic credentials for the students.

How BlockChain can resolve these issues?

Storage Certificates

Blockchain technology can help institutions and universities to issue certificates in digital format which is stored in distributed blocks of a database. Each entity or certificate issuing authority can act as a node. Any entity which is looking for the validation of records can request for the node to verify the records stored in it for a specific student.

Each verification process can be managed in an electronic format.

 

This would help in solving many issues

> Loss of original certificates or mark sheets can be easily retrieved from blockchain node by student or competent authority 

 

> Academic verification process becomes very easy with distributed and authorized nodes in a blockchain.

Maintaining Student Academic Records

In the current scenario, it is the responsibility of the university or institute to keep records of academics for all students who passed out from the institution. The competent authority can request verification for a particular student. There is no standard mechanism which can help the institute to verify the records in an electronic or automated way to speed up the process. Blockchain can help automated and quick verification of academic records.

 

Scenarios

  1. Student needs to transfer to another institute for the study
  2. Students need to share academic credentials during job applications
  3. Students need to apply for scholarships of various organizations, NGOs, institutes, Govt
  4. Students need to get some govt benefits based on academic credentials
  5. Students need to apply for an internship in the companies
  6. Student application for Education Loan

 

We discussed the above-mentioned scenarios previously and it is clear that manual verification is not practical and time-consuming. Blockchain-enabled verification can speed up and simplify the entire process. Accuracy associated with verification can also be improved tremendously.

Security Mechanism of BlockChain

The advanced security mechanism of blockchain would ensure that the system can not be immune to hacking. Data can not be manipulated with any other entity apart from node owner.

 

As we move forward there would be more innovations expected in the field of blockchain security.  

 

Conclusion

Blockchain is likely to disrupt the Education sector for positive change.  More and more collaboration and information exchange, verification use cases would come up in the education sector. Blockchain can certainly help to eliminate many barriers to make the process simpler and better.

 

What do you think about it?

About the Author

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil has experience of more than 15 years in the Information Technology sector. He has been working on digital platforms in the education sector. Swapnil is an avid reader and writes articles on technology and leading developments in the education and IT sectors. 

Swapnil is the founder of Splashgain, an Education Technology company from India working on various innovative EdTech platforms for examinations, proctoring solutions, digital admission process and more. Splashgain has been working with many educational institutes and universities for AI-powered innovations and solutions to transform the education sector.

Splashgain has also filed a patent for an innovative product based on AI.

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How AI in education can dominate in 2020 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/ai-in-education-2020/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:09:48 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6719 AI in education 2020What do you think of when you hear the term Artificial Intelligence, popularly known as..

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AI in education 2020

What do you think of when you hear the term Artificial Intelligence, popularly known as AI? 

 

A dystopian future where machines revolt and take over the human race?

Or a future where human capabilities are furthered with the help of AI and we enter a new era of unprecedented development? 

 

It is easy to get scared of Artificial Intelligence with many science fiction movies and science fiction literature presenting a dystopian future with AI. After all, it’s not easy to trust a small semiconductor chip, with dimensions in millimeters, to make important decisions and suggestions. 

AI hardware is the definition of the proverb ‘Good things come in small packets’. An AI chip of dimensions in mere millimeters houses an astounding 21.1 Billion transistors!

 

 

Artificial Intelligence

AI has a lot of potentials. It can do any task in seconds, for which humans might require many hours. Though many consumers don’t understand that they are using an AI-powered device or an AI-powered program, the reality is quite different. 

How AI has an impact across industries?

AI is growing at a brisk rate. It is expected to be a US$ 60 Billion market by 2025 and the global GDP is expected to grow by US$ 15.7 trillion by 2030 because of the contribution by AI. 

 

AI has already penetrated our lives on a personal level. According to a study by creative strategies, Around 97% of smartphone users are using AI-driven voice assistants like Siri and the google assistant. 

While 33% of consumers of technology think they use an AI-powered device when actually 77% are using an AI-powered device. (source: Pega). People are using AI-inspired technology more than they think they use. 

 

 

AI Stats

Did you know that now AI is being used to save lives? 

 

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a program that can predict from a mammogram if a patient can develop breast cancer, up to five years in the future? (Source: MIT News)

 

Isn’t it amazing that a computer program can predict whether you might suffer from a life-threatening disease, up to five years in the future?

This example is a clear testament to the power and potential of Artificial Intelligence. 

 

 

The state of the Indian Education System

To put it in simple words, the education sector is massive. 

 

Herculean. 

 

Gargantuan. 

 

The population of India is young, more than half of its population is under the age of twenty-five years. The student population in India is at a staggering 315 million students.

 

 

If we were to draw a simple comparison, the Indian student population is only a few million students short of the entire population of the United States of America, the 3rd largest country in the world in terms of population. And, the number of students is only growing.

Education System India

The Indian education system, however, is going through a crisis. 

 

According to the 2016 statistics of the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry of the Government of India, there is a shortage of one million teachers. In rural India, sometimes one single teacher has to teach Mathematics, Science and Social Studies to a whole batch of students. In universities and colleges, there is a chronic shortage of faculty in multiple departments. 

 

Educational infrastructure is also crippling, and it lacks investment. This means that even though students are graduating, they do not have enough knowledge and practical experience of their field, making them susceptible to unemployment due to intensifying competition and industry standards. 

 

In recent years, parents and students alike have complained that the education system in its present state does not contribute to the overall development of the child. The system focuses on rote learning and not the practical implementation of the theory. There is little space for students to excel in sports and arts, and often these fields are not encouraged but frowned upon. 

 

The system also fails to recognize that each child is different and one standard method of teaching may not be suitable for every child. Students who don’t understand concepts in class, often fall behind their peers and lose confidence. This implies that the education system is not inclusive of all its pupils. 

 

All of this is happening in an era when the world is not only fighting for the Right to Education but the Right to Quality Education. Many organizations are campaigning for the right to quality education and improving education standards around the world. 

 

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 adopted by the United Nations

 

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” aims at providing quality for all by the year 2030. 

How AI can be the key solution to improving the Education System?

Artificial Intelligence in Education Trends 2020

As we have seen in the examples above, AI is helping further the abilities of and advance many sectors. 

 

The education sector has been slow in the uptake of AI mainly due to apprehensions of educators and parents about trusting machines in teaching students. But now AI is being used to revolutionize the education sector and answer the many problems that have been plaguing the education sector for many years. 

 

In India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) very recently introduced two teachers handbooks to help integrate AI in schools, in line with its target to teach 22,000 schools AI and futuristic technologies. 

 

The first facilitator’s handbook is about the AI curriculum for standard 8th and 9th students. The curriculum is will take up 112 hours, and is based on experimental methodologies covering both social and technological skills. 

 

The second facilitator’s handbook is about AI integration across subjects to enhance the multidisciplinary approach in the teaching-learning process with the integration of AI. This handbook talks about how schools can use AI technology to train teachers from class 6 to class 10 with respect to relevant topics/themes from their respective curricula. This handbook discusses how AI-based tools can enhance learning within and outside classrooms. (source: Times of India)

 

This shows that the education community is now accepting AI as a tool that can enhance the teaching-learning process and benefit teachers and students alike. 

 

 The AI in the education market is supposed to reach USD 2 billion by 2023 growing at 38% CAGR in the forecast period 2018-2023 (Source: Market Research Future). 

 

 

Let’s see some other ways in which AI is bringing about the much-needed advancements in the education system: 

Artificial Intelligence can help teachers in conducting exams

Examinations are an indifferentiable part of education, and they are important milestones in a student’s educational journey. 

 

Exams require a lot of planning, right from setting question papers, printing question paper, and answer sheets, distributing these question papers across all examination centers, evaluating answer sheets and then finally process the results of the exam. 

 

This whole process often takes months to finish, and it is labor-intensive and costly. By the time one examination cycle is finished, it is time to start planning for the next examination. This whole process takes up a lot of time of teachers and burdens them with more work. 

 

AI-powered online assessment tools are now being used by many universities to conduct online exams. These systems set the question papers themselves, from a pre-existing question bank. Such question banks are designed by subject matter experts and they can be updated and edited as per the need and convenience of the institute. All that teachers need to do for an online examination system is to design an online question bank, and moderate the question paper generated by the system. After this is done, all tasks right up to calculating the result will be done by the online examination system. 

 

Since the exam is online, there is no need to print and distribute question papers and answer sheets.

 

 

Thus online examination systems save teachers a lot of time, which they can dedicate to students and it reduces the burden of administrative tasks on them.

comparison of AI and Traditional System in education

Artificial Intelligence is helping teachers to improve Teaching Techniques

As we have discussed before, one teaching technique may not be suitable for all students. Teachers need to understand how students respond to different techniques and which technique or method is more effective in helping students understand different concepts. 

 

Let’s also consider a different scenario. One technique which might be useful in teaching one concept, might not necessarily work for another. 

 

Thus it becomes quite difficult for teachers to come up with the perfect way to teach students.  

 

AI can help teachers solve this problem by providing feedback.

 

AI can monitor the batch’s performance in a quiz or test and give detailed analytics to the batch’s performance for various subjects and topics. With the help of this feedback, teachers know exactly how students respond to a particular technique. 

 

 

Over time, with sufficient feedback provided by AI, teachers can come with a perfect strategy to teach students. An added advantage of this feedback system is that teachers know which students are lagging, and they can personally work with these students to help them understand concepts. 

Artificial Intelligence can help to Personalize Teaching

We have started using AI-powered personal assistants on a daily basis and for personal tasks like making a reservation at a restaurant, booking flight tickets, ordering something from Amazon with a mere voice command, making an appointment with your dentist and so on. 

 

Many social media apps and websites use AI algorithms to track your activity and understand your preferences and areas of interest to curate a personalized feed for you and give you a better experience. You can notice this in the typical ‘for you’ section on many websites and platforms you frequently visit. 

 

So, we have entered an era where everything can be personalized to suit our tastes and interests. This is changing how we viewed machines and technology, a series of rigid codes capable of doing only one task. 

 

This principle of personalizing technology can be used in education as well!

 

AI can understand and adapt to a student’s learning abilities and it can come up with personalized teaching techniques to help students understand concepts more easily. AI can also help students understand the practical implementation of theory, and go beyond rote learning. 

 

Personalized AI assistants can be used to address the shortage of teachers in the education sector. These tools find the best ways to teach students by studying their behavior and response to different techniques and help students learn at their own pace. 

 

 

An added advantage of such tools is that they can be used for students with special needs. AI can come up with the right methods of imparting education, unique and best suited to the child. This can greatly contribute to the development of the child. 

Artificial Intelligence can help simplify the Administrative Tasks

Simple, but necessary tasks like keeping attendance, grading quizzes and tests and correcting textbooks burdens teachers and takes up a lot of their time. 

 

AI-driven systems like biometric attendance systems and online grading tools can be used to reduce the burden of administrative tasks on teachers. Teachers can use this time to focus on children and help children with special needs. 

 

 

Artificial Intelligence is making Online Exams more secure

Online examinations have gained wide acceptance in recent years. But people are wary to accept the credibility of online exams because of various malpractices like impersonation and cheating. 

 

One of the advantages of conducting online exams is that it comes with n-number checks and balances to avoid any malpractices from being carried out. Perhaps, these checks and balances make online exams more secure and efficient in rooting out malpractices. Offline exams still have the risk of human errors which won’t be a problem with online exams. 

 

Various AI technologies like Facial Recognition and Voice Recognition are helping tackle these malpractices. AI has made online exams more secure and as a result, online exams have gained wider acceptance.

 

What is the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

AI has already brought about many changes in the education sector. AI education has become more accessible and personalized for students, improving the quality of education we receive. 

 

It is predicted that in the future, students will have a personalized assistant, a robot, throughout their school, if not their entire lives. Similarly, there will be AI-powered assistants for teachers to help them in certain tasks like grading assignments and correcting textbooks. 

 

AI will also help connect classrooms across the world and create a link between students worldwide. This will help bring the globe to students’ classrooms and help them expose to different views, opinions, and cultures. AI will facilitate in building a holistic environment in classrooms.  

 

 

Yet, with all of these advancements, we are only at the tip of the iceberg. There are many more possibilities with AI. What we need to do is, dig deeper to reap the full benefits of this marvelous piece of technology.

About the Author

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil has experience of more than 15 years in the Information Technology sector. He has been working on digital platforms in the education sector. Swapnil is an avid reader and writes articles on technology and leading developments in the education and IT sectors. 

Swapnil is the founder of Splashgain, an Education Technology company from India working on various innovative EdTech platforms for examinations, proctoring solutions, digital admission process and more. Splashgain has been working with many educational institutes and universities for AI-powered innovations and solutions to transform the education sector.

 

Splashgain has also filed a patent for an innovative product based on AI.

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How to ace GMAT with Perfect Score https://www.blog.epravesh.com/how-to-ace-gmat-with-perfect-score/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 02:44:51 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6707 Eyeing a top-class Business School in abroad?   Well, cracking the Graduate Management Aptitude Test..

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Crack GMAT entrance

Eyeing a top-class Business School in abroad?

 

Well, cracking the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) with an impressive score will definitely give you an edge over the others. For the starters, The GMAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based and computer-adaptive standardized exam that is developed and administered by GMAC to test the applicant’s level of preparation and intellectual framework for graduate-level academic work on a global level.

Along with your academic records, GPA, work experience, SOP and other supporting materials, a high score on the GMAT will have a direct and stellar impact on your B- school application. With the right mindset, calculated approach and determination garnished with a dash of optimism, pursuing an MBA abroad from a reputed B-School will become a cakewalk for you! Let’s have a look at some of the ways to ace GMAT with the perfect score.

SECTION

NO. OF QUESTIONS

TIME

(in minutes)

THE TYPE OF QUESTIONS

SCORE RANGE

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

1 Topic

30

Analysis of Argument

0-6 (in .5 increments)

Integrated Reasoning (IR)

12

30

Multi-Source Reasoning; Graphics Interpretation; Two-Part Analysis; Table Analysis

1-8

Optional Break

 

8

 

 

Quantitative Section

31

62

Data Sufficiency; Problem Solving

200-800

Optional Break

 

8

 

 

Verbal Section

36

65

Reading Comprehension; Critical Reasoning; Sentence Correction

200-800

 

Wondering what qualifies as a good enough GMAT score? Read this article to get an idea of what is a good GMAT score.

 

Before delving into the preparation strategies, understanding the pattern and format of the examination is highly important

It’s entirely up to you to select the order in which you would like to attempt the sections as per your convenience.

The prospective business schools will not be able to see the order you followed while attempting the various sections and this will not affect your scorecard. As per your own strengths and weaknesses, choose to attempt the section you are very much confident about. This will keep you motivated during the exam. There is no right or wrong way of selecting the order of attempting the sections. However, what matters is that you should attempt all your mock tests in the same section order that you would be selecting on the D-day. 

Apart from this, use only high-quality practice tests containing official questions authored by GMAC, or the questions that adhere to the style and tone of the real GMAT questions, delivered in a computerized adaptive format. Employ only authentic sources to fuel your preparation and abstain from referring too many materials.

1.Create a study Plan, Buck up on your routine!

Create a Study Plan

“Slow and Steady Wins the Race.”

Well begun is half done. So, the early you start with your preparations, the more time you will get to clear your basic concepts and rectify your mistakes. In order to manage your time efficiently and to focus your energy in one direction, it’s important to make a study plan and stick to it. Each study session should have a specific goal to ponder upon. Do not give in to temptations of studying things that are out of context. Also, develop the habit of studying frequently in smaller chunks. This will help you maintain your pace and focus and will assist you in mastering topics one at a time. Try not to be overambitious a particular week and less motivated the other; maintain a balance between your study schedule and leisure time.

 

2.Practice, practice and lots of Practice!

Practice

With the right amount of self-discipline and lots of practice sessions, acing the GMAT would not be tough. To best simulate the GMAT testing conditions, attempt as many mock tests in the official format as you can. The more familiar and comfortable you get with the exam pattern beforehand; it is less likely for you to lose your precious time on the D-day. While taking practice tests, do not take any help from outside sources and try to complete the paper at one sitting without taking too many breaks.

 

At home, while attempting the practice tests, take notes on both sides of the legal pad with a thin marker so that you know how you can use the GMAT scratchpad to your best advantage in the exam.

 

Always break down your test results and analyze your weaknesses. Look at your mistakes and rectify them then and there. Remember you need to hone in on your weak areas rather than wasting time in mastering your strong areas. While taking practice tests look for error patterns and then work on improving yourself.

 

Maintain error logs so that you can review them before a day or two of attempting the examination.

 

3.Throw over-confidence in the bin and get your basics sorted

no overconfidance

To your amusement, the quantitative section of GMAT tests you on high school math. This definitely doesn’t imply that you get overconfident and skip practicing this section even if your basics are clear. Remember that each and every section is equally important and devoting too much time on one section and too little time on the other will only deter your level of preparedness.

 

Before you march towards the advanced topics, ensure that you have your basics crystal clear since GMAT is predominantly a reasoning-based test. In math, brush up your concepts in geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, and algebra. Practice 50-60 sums books like Manhattan GMAT question bank daily. Improve your reading skills by reading newspapers like the New York Times, the Atlantic, etc., especially if you are a non-native English speaker. Ensure that you have a stronghold on basic grammar.

 

Apart from this, during your preparations, try and explain to yourself the concepts by using flow charts and diagrams. Practice on old papers, drink plenty of water, take regular breaks, maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule and do not panic, especially baffling on the D-day will only lead you to spoil the exam. Also, do not try to beat the computerized-adaptive format and focus on the question at hand. Keeping your cool while attempting the paper is very crucial. To sum up, be honest to yourself while tracking your progress. Consistency and hard work are the keys to success.

Best of luck!

 

Author :

Bakhtawar Krishnan

Bakhtawar Krishnan is the Founder & Director of Inspirus Education, leading test-prep institute and study abroad consultancy. Bakhtawar brings with her over 30 years of diverse experience; on both, national as well as international levels. An accomplished professional in the field of higher education abroad, she has helped thousands of students realize their dream of studying at esteemed universities all over the world.

 

 

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Artificial Intelligence and Education: A tale of innovation and possibilities https://www.blog.epravesh.com/artificial-intelligence-education/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:41:51 +0000 https://www.blog.epravesh.com/?p=6690 AI in educationArtificial Intelligence, popularly known as AI is no more a piece a fiction usually referenced..

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Artificial Intelligence, popularly known as AI is no more a piece a fiction usually referenced in dystopian and science fiction movies like The Matrix, I, Robot, 2001:  The Space Odyssey, and even in literature like Dan Brown’s most recent book Origin, which might be a bit more closer to reality.  

AI in education

If this article was in your “suggested section”, then it was probably done with the help of an AI algorithm which tracks your activity and suggests you content which is similar to the content you interact with on a regular basis. 

How AI has penetrated into our daily lives?

To elaborate more on the influence and penetration of Artificial Intelligence on our daily lives, let’s talk about the following examples.

 

When you are surfing on a social media platform like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, some posts show up at the top of your feed even if they have not been made as recently. This happens because AI tracks your activity on the social media platform and tracks the content you like and interact with more often and hence suggests you similar content to improve your experience on the app. 

 

Now you know why your Instagram feed and the search menu is flooded with those cute dog videos or mouth-watering food videos.  

Explore how AI can be beneficial in education process simplification

Similarly, if you use Google News to catch up on the news of the day, you might notice the “for you” section on the platform. In this section, you get a personalized feed based on your interests. So let’s say if you are an avid sports fan and like to frequently check up on updates about your favorite team or player, be sure to see news about them in the “for you” section. 

 

AI is clearly already making decisions for us and we as consumers often fail to realize just how much Artificial Intelligence has affected our lives. Consumers use more AI than they realize. To put this in perspective, while only 33% think they use AI-enabled technology, 77% actually use an AI-powered service or device (Source: Pega).

 

Now don’t be confused, AI isn’t like something showed in dystopian movies where it is the reason for the doom of humanity. AI has many applications in multiple sectors and it is definitely making our lives easier. 

 

As humanity progresses towards a technologically driven world and much of its work and data stored digitally on virtual platforms like cloud technology, Artificial Intelligence is the natural next step in our technological advancement. 

 

AI has entered in automobiles, health care, manufacturing. The education sector is also getting ready to embrace AI-driven technology enablement.

 

Do you know that Artificial Intelligence has applications in education and online examinations? 

The Role of AI in education

Education Sector in India

The size of the education sector is massive and it is growing. According to the 2011 Census of the Indian population, the Indian Education System comprises of around Three Hundred and Fifteen Million (315 Million) students alone. This number does not even include the tens of thousands of teachers, administrators, and other non-teaching staff. 

 

If this number doesn’t seem big enough to you, let’s put it in perspective. The population of the United States of America, the world’s third most populous country, is around Three Hundred and Thirty Million (330 Million) people (Source: United States Census Bureau). 

 

Surely this gargantuan Indian Education System and likewise global education systems can really benefit from automation and the use of Artificial Intelligence. The AI in the education market is supposed to reach USD 2 billion by 2023 growing at 38% CAGR in the forecast period 2018-2023 (Source: Market Research Future). 

 

Here are a few ways in which AI can help at the grassroots level:

 

Artificial Intelligence can help teachers in grading and conducting exams 

AI in exams

Exams require a lot of planning and logistics like setting a question paper, printing the question papers for hundreds or even thousands of students and providing them with answer sheets. 

 

The process does not stop here. Teachers then have to manually evaluate the question papers, which takes a lot of time. Institutes also have to dedicate time to a reevaluation period. After the papers are evaluated, which might take several weeks, the results need to be published too, which again is a tedious process. 

 

As we can now see, conducting and grading exams is a time and human labor-consuming task. But institutes can save a lot of time, money and human labor by using online assessment tools that are powered by Artificial Intelligence for conducting exams. 

 

Artificial Intelligence can help teachers with feedback

Teacher feedback using AI

Artificial Intelligence can track the performance of students in exams and quizzes and then it can provide teachers with detailed analytics of individual students performance and the performance of the batch as a whole. 

 

With the help of these analytics, teachers will understand which concepts or topic areas are hard for students to understand and they can come up with new strategies to help students understand those topics. 

 

Thus, with the help of AI teachers can analyze teaching techniques and strategies to which the students are most receptive. This makes learning easier for students and also decreases the burden on teachers. 

 

Artificial Intelligence can personalize learning for students:

personalized learning using AI

AI can also be used as a personal teaching assistant. AI can understand and adapt to a student’s grasping power and learning abilities and can come up with personalized methods that will help the student understand a particular concept with maximum attention and retention. 

 

AI systems can also alert teachers if a particular student is lagging behind their batch in particular subjects or subjects. With the help of this feature and analytics, teachers can work with the pupil on a personal level so that they understand concepts and do not lag behind. 

 

These students can also benefit from AI tutors and AI educational platforms which understand the student’s abilities and customizes learning methods for them. 

 

The rising popularity of Online Examinations 

online exams

In recent years online examinations have gained a wider acceptance in the Indian Education System and they have become a popular trend, with many educational institutes planning on introducing them in their curriculum. 

 

Online examinations are a testament to technology’s contribution to the education sector and helping it cope up with its massive size and saving it from succumbing under its own weight. 

 

Online examinations are a better way to conduct exams than the traditional pen-paper based offline exams because they are hassle-free and do not cause a logistical headache of printing and distributing physical question papers and answer sheets across examination centers, without causing paper leaks. 

 

In pen-paper based exams, the question papers and answer sheets have to be collected and transported to a center where examiners will evaluate the answer sheets. 

 

Online exams help save all of this hassle and teachers time. Online Examination Systems can evaluate online exams and give instantaneous results. 

 

Online examinations can be conducted anywhere in the world provided that the candidate has access to an electronic device with proper hardware and an internet connection. 

 

Thus online exams help save time, money and manpower. 

 

So why are educational institutes still apprehensive about letting students appear for online exams from remote locations? 

The biggest concerns of educational institutes about remote examinations are the lack of physical communication with the candidate and hence an increased risk of malpractices and identity frauds. 

 

How can AI help prevent cheating in online exams?

AI to prevent exam cheating

Artificial Intelligence can give solutions to all the concerns of educational institutes in conducting remote online examinations. 

 

AI-enabled remote proctoring can help simplification of online exams in a great way. 

 

Many organizations are working on this concept and in the coming years, we would see a number of innovations in this segment. 

 

Physical examination invigilation can be a thing of the past with AI-enabled proctoring during the examination process.

 

AI can do wonders with access to the candidate’s audio and video feed, and here’s how: 

 

Facial Recognition: This incredible technology can be used to verify the identity of the candidate and prevent identity fraud. The system will verify the candidate’s identity corresponding to a valid ID proof and the examination process will proceed only when the identity is verified. 

 

The system detects suspicious movements:

With access to the candidate’s audio and visual feed, the system can detect suspicious movements. Let’s say that the candidate has hidden notes outside the focal range of the webcam, the system can still detect this malpractice from the suspicious movement of the candidate since they will have to move and adjust themselves to refer to the notes. 

5 tips to Prevent cheating during online exams

The system will know if the candidate is talking to someone: With access to the candidate’s audio and video feed, the system will understand if they are talking to unauthorized personnel and flag this behavior. 

 

The system can recognize different faces using facial recognition technology and will know if there are multiple people in front of the screen and whether the candidate is taking their help.

 

The system will know if the candidate is using electronic devices or books: 

The system keeps monitoring the candidate for suspicious activities. If the candidate uses any electronic device, say a mobile phone, during the duration of the examination, the system will understand and terminate the exam. 

 

Similarly, the system will also understand if the candidate is referring to notes or books during the examination and flag this behavior. 

 

The system will understand if the candidate is using the internet: Online examinations are conducted using the secure browser method. This means that the candidate cannot access the internet for purposes other than the examination. 

 

The system will understand if the candidate tries to open a new window or browser during the exam and will give a warning to the candidate. 

 

What does the future hold?

The possibilities with AI are immense and vast. AI already has a huge impact on our lives, whether we realize it or not. This technology has the power to transform many things from agriculture to finance to governance and, yes, education. 

 

Education in itself is a dynamic sector, evolving as society evolves and its needs change. 

 

AI could be the answer to answer the shortage of teachers in many regions of the world. AI is already helping students learn better by personalizing their curriculum. It is giving teachers real-time feedback, helping them improve and teach better.  

 

AI is decreasing the load on teachers and administrators by automating so many processes. 

 

With AI and Education put together, the possibilities are endless.  What we can be sure of, is to be wonderstruck as the amalgamation of AI and education continues. 

 

About the Author

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil Dharmadhikari

Swapnil has more than 15 years of experience in the Information Technology sector. He has been working on digital platforms in the education sector. Swapnil is an avid reader and writes articles on technology and leading developments in the education and IT sectors. 

Swapnil is the founder of Splashgain, an Education Technology company from India working on various innovative EdTech platforms for examinations, proctoring solutions, digital admission process and more. Splashgain has been working with many educational institutes and universities for AI-powered innovations and solutions to transform the education sector. Splashgain has also filed a patent for an innovative product based on AI. 

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