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The role of machine learning in tailoring education

Unlock the future of education with machine learning’s personalised touch



In the digital age, technology has become an integral part of the education landscape, reshaping traditional teaching methods and paving the way for personalised learning experiences. One of the groundbreaking technologies driving this transformation is machine learning. Let’s explore the ways in which machine learning ensures personalised learning for students, revolutionising the educational paradigm.

Understanding personalised learning:

Personalised learning revolves around tailoring educational experiences to meet the unique needs, preferences, and pace of individual students. It recognises that every learner is distinct, and a one-size-fits-all approach may not be the most effective way to impart knowledge. Personalised learning aims to create an adaptive and student-centric environment, fostering a deeper understanding of subjects and enhancing overall academic performance.

Manpreet Sehgal, Associate Professor at Apeejay Stya University, Gurugram says, “Educating students by assessing their needs and mental capabilities and tailoring the instructions accordingly has always been appreciated and proven effective but difficult to exercise for a large number of students.

With the help of AI techniques, especially machine learning, where data can be analysed, and conclusions and inferences can be made in no time, it has become a seamless process.

Now, the trends in students’ mood, behaviour in class, and performance in exams can be monitored using AI, and instructions tailored to their mental abilities can be easily generated so that each student can actively learn 100% of the material taught.”

How machine learning facilitates personalized learning:

1. Adaptive learning platforms: Machine learning algorithms power adaptive learning platforms that adjust content delivery based on a student’s progress, strengths, and areas that require improvement. These platforms analyse data on students’ interactions, responses, and performance to dynamically modify the learning path, ensuring that each student receives customised educational content.

2. Individualised learning plans: Machine learning algorithms analyse vast amounts of data, including students’ past performance, learning styles, and preferences. Based on this analysis, the system generates individualised learning plans, suggesting specific topics, resources, and activities that cater to the student’s unique learning needs.

3. Real-time feedback: Machine learning enables the provision of instantaneous feedback to students. Whether completing quizzes, assignments, or participating in interactive learning modules, students receive real-time feedback on their performance. This immediate feedback loop helps students understand their strengths and areas for improvement, promoting a proactive approach to learning.

4. Predictive analysis: Machine learning models can predict a student’s future performance based on their historical data. By analysing patterns in student behaviour and achievement, these models identify potential challenges a student may face and offer preemptive interventions, such as additional resources or targeted support, to enhance their learning outcomes.

5. Natural language processing (NLP): NLP, a subset of machine learning, is utilised to understand and respond to students’ written or spoken language. Educational platforms leverage NLP to assess the complexity of language in assignments, providing tailored feedback that encourages language development at an individualised pace.

6. Gamified learning experiences: Machine learning contributes to the creation of gamified learning experiences. These platforms use algorithms to adapt the difficulty level of games or interactive lessons based on a student’s performance. This ensures that learners are consistently challenged at an appropriate level, maintaining engagement and motivation.

7. Data-driven insights for educators: Machine learning empowers educators with valuable insights into students’ progress and learning patterns. Analysing data generated by machine learning algorithms helps teachers identify areas of strength and weakness in their students, allowing for targeted interventions and personalised guidance.

As machine learning continues to advance, its role in shaping personalised learning experiences for students becomes increasingly pivotal. The fusion of technology and education holds the promise of cultivating a generation of lifelong learners who engage with content in a way that aligns with their individual strengths, preferences, and pace. With machine learning at the forefront, personalised learning is not just a vision for the future of education but a dynamic reality transforming classrooms worldwide.

Divya is a Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has a degree of Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was a former sub-editor at News 24. Her passion for writing has always contributed to her professional and personal growth.