Today, let’s talk about the artificial intelligence revolution and how it will impact and is impacting us as faculty members. If I believe the tech optimists, AI is not just a trend; instead, it’s a game-changer for how we teach and interact with students. So, let’s dive into seven ways ChatGPT told me that AI is transforming our role in the classroom:
- Tailored Support for Every Student: AI doesn’t just benefit students; it’s a game-changer for you too. It takes on some of the workload by offering personalized learning paths for each student. This means you can focus more on guiding and mentoring, rather than trying to adapt one-size-fits-all materials.
- A Helping Hand for Engagement: Engaging students is your forte, and now, AI can help you do it even better. It analyzes interactions and behaviors to give you insights on what works best. This way, you can fine-tune your teaching methods and create lessons that truly resonate.
- Streamlining Administrative Tasks: Grading, scheduling, paperwork – you know the drill. AI can handle some of these routine tasks, giving you more time to invest in your students. It’s like having a virtual assistant, allowing you to put your energy where it matters most.
- Inclusive Education for All: AI is breaking barriers, making education accessible to everyone. It offers tools like real-time transcription for the hearing-impaired and text-to-speech for visually-impaired students. This means you can ensure that every student, regardless of their learning needs, gets the support they require.
- Predicting and Nurturing Student Success: You’ve got a keen eye for potential. Now, AI can lend a hand. By analyzing various data points, it spots students who might need some extra attention early on. This way, you can step in with support and guidance, ensuring no one falls through the cracks.
- Empowering Lifelong Learning: In the ever-changing landscape of education, continuous learning is key. AI offers tailored, just-in-time resources, not just for students, but for you too. It helps you stay updated with the latest trends, ensuring you’re equipped to guide your students through any challenge.
- Supercharging Research and Innovation: For the researchers among you, AI is a true ally. It can sift through mountains of research papers, saving you time and uncovering new insights. Plus, it’s driving scientific discoveries through simulations and modeling tools.
Well, certainly, ChatGPT is positive about itself – otherwise I’d be skeptical. However, I think point 4 is not true – we know that AI has the biases of the world stuck in itself, and it will take quite some unlearning for it to become truly inclusive – so I don’t believe AI is going to be a driver for inclusivity. Similarly, using AI as my research assistant is something I don’t see happening yet. In fact, my best thinking comes from plowing through piles and piles of papers, and giving my thoughts the time and space to mature. I don’t think getting a summary from ChatGPT or another AI tool would be able to replicate that process and maturing of thoughts.
What do you think: is AI going to revolutionize our day-to-day lives in higher education?