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The Future of Homework: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Education

By BNN Newsroom
The Future of Homework: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Education
The Future of Homework: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Education

The Rise of AI in Education

The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the education sector has the potential to significantly alter the traditional academic experience, particularly with regards to homework. As students become increasingly adept at mastering AI systems, it raises questions about how homework will evolve and how teachers can differentiate between work completed by students and that completed by AI.

Despite the potential for significant changes, the transformation is likely to be slow. Educational practices are among the slowest changing human institutions. Traditional teaching methods have endured for thousands of years, with the primary difference being the improvement in tools used.

Grades in an AI Dominated Education System

Grades, which have traditionally been a measure of a student’s understanding of a subject, will take on a different meaning as AI becomes more prevalent in education. In the future, a high grade may signify that a student has applied their AI consistently to the subject matter. Whether this will be seen as cheating or permissible will depend on the individual policies of educational institutions.

Efforts to implement anti-AI software or rules may prove challenging as they may not be reliable or easy to enforce. Students that consistently use their AI may seem unimpressive; however, some students fail even to meet this standard. They may miss homework deadlines or fail to grasp the material; it isn’t a guarantee that current AI technology will automatically improve their grades.

Reevaluating the Grading System and Assessments

An academic system fully utilizing and permitting AI still tests something, even if it’s less glamorous than initially hoped. Over time, grades will reflect a student’s ability to be organized and prepared rather than their knowledge of the subject matter. These are valuable skills needed to be cultivated.

Students have always collaborated on homework, including with their parents, whether it was allowed or not. AI facilitates and accelerates this process of collaboration. There has never been a fully honest grading system, even in the “good old days.”

There may continue to be a need or desire to test actual knowledge of the material, which would need to be done in person. This could involve in-class exercises or oral exams. Corrections are most likely to be made in areas where results have direct and measurable importance, such as physical engineering. However, they are less likely in humanities, where a student using AI to fake knowledge probably won’t get very far.

Collaborative Projects: Students and AI Working Together

Another type of correction will involve assigned projects created by the student and AI working in tandem. These collaborative projects are usually less predictable and harder for instructors to grade, but it’s a small price to pay for teaching students this crucial skill.

The Future of Teaching

Undoubtedly, AI will change not only the nature of homework but also the method of teaching. The focus will shift towards what only humans can provide: inspiration, charisma, and mentorship. This, too, would be a change for the better.


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