Advanced Data Analytics breaks the handcuffs during the pandemic: Perquisites to the Education sector
The Covid-19 pandemic has paved the way for a global realization that the current methods of our lives are not effective all the time. One such critical area where there is a need for a drastic change has been the education sector. During this challenging phase, schools and colleges have faced the mishap of teaching, conducting term end examinations, and the correction of answer scripts.
Digital learning has become mandatory. Many schools and institutions have started opting for online platforms to conduct classes. Smart classroom systems, e-learning, virtual classrooms, online examinations, onscreen marking systems, and other such innovative digital education platforms have been devised which has transformed the traditional education system into an online/digital education system.
Thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), which have played an enormous role in developing applications, testing the softwares and also in improvising the apps for a better user-interface.
Here are some of the solutions that can help in conducting secure examinations online, correcting the answers and creating online platforms for learning and teaching.
Using advanced analytics and various coding languages, applications that support e-learning can be created. Personalized learning, augmented learning, game-based learning and other such digital learning innovations can be implemented to improvise the interaction between the teacher and the pupil. Numerous features such as screen sharing, video calling, chatting, data analysis, student information management, virtual assistance, live feedback and offline learning can be developed which can enhance the quality of learning. Applications such as Udemy, Goodreads, Wikipedia, Quora, etc… use the latest technology available to provide innovative e-learning facilities.
Facial recognition, retina scanning and Voice recognition helps in conducting secure online exams. With the aid of machine learning algorithms and Artificial Learning identification of the candidate can be done by measuring the length of the jaw line, skull shape, the distance between nose, ears and mouth, and other such facial measurements as per the data set that has been fed to the system. Voice recognition identifies the decibel, pitch and wavelength of the voice which helps in identifying the candidate as per the data set that has been fed to the system. A secure registration process and the assurance of human presence throughout the entire examination can be done using this. Face App, BioID, Face2Gene are some examples of applications that use facial recognition.
An Artificial Intelligence (AI) -enabled proctor analyses the body position, eyes, head, speech and other movements to track the actions performed by the candidate during the examination. This system gives immediate signals to the teacher/invigilator when any movement is detected.
Remote proctoring can also be used in conducting online examinations. The term proctoring means invigilating. A remote proctor can oversee the examination process from any location. This is similar to action monitoring with an addition of a proctor. This reduces the work of teachers/invigilators and is also more accurate.
Onscreen marking systems use Real time Programming that simultaneously evaluates the answers entered by the candidate and displays the result in no time. Another advantage of this AI-powered tool is that they also learn, like humans. When there are any errors made by the system and if they are reviewed and corrected by the teachers, the system will not repeat the same mistake once again. This can help to tackle the shortage of evaluators in institutions and can also save a lot of time and effort. Examinations conducted on Google forms and other such platforms have a built-in onscreen marking system that can generate the results in no time.
Artificial Intelligence monitors and tracks the performance of pupils in exams and online lectures by providing teachers with a detailed analysis of a pupil`s performance and the performance of the entire batch. This helps the teachers in devising techniques and strategies to which the students are most receptive. This makes learning simpler for the students and it also reduces the burden on teachers.
Audit logging comprises of the actions such as login, logout, exam access, question navigation, answer responses and Internet Protocol (IP) tracking can be recorded and stored in the required location. This ensures safety by preventing tracking frauds & hacking, audit trailing and reviewing. Data analytics is used to receive, store, categorize and track the data that has been authorized by the user in the specific location present in the device of the user.
Data encryption is the method of securing the data by preventing the data from being hacked. This is done by the encryption or addition of binary codes to the existing data which can be decoded only by the receiver. By the process of data encryption, examinations can be conducted in a secure manner by safeguarding the question bank and the exam data. The entire communication between the individual conducting the examination and the server can be protected to the maximum.
The latest statistics state that more than 3 million students are pursuing their higher education fully online. The e-learning platform has proven to be successful in recent times due to its customized presentation and design of information that can be swiftly grasped by students. 65% of faculty from universities in the US have supported this trend in education. This view has been given an added weightage by the students of those universities who have stated that they are comfortable with digital education by a percentage of 63.
Digital education can be cost efficient to the students and universities. Students who cannot afford education at certain universities can sign up for online courses that cost 5times lesser than the actual course fee. Savings in terms of stay and other amenities to study in a traditional method can be done. This also reduces the burden on the families of the students who wish to pursue higher education. The university can reduce its investments on space, infrastructure, equipment, and maintenance. Digital/Online education has an added advantage of being eco-friendly. It has been found that e-learning has reduced the usage of electricity, thereby conserving energy and it also slashed the emission of Carbon-di-oxide levels by 85%.
Thus, the commencement of an era where technology can take over human exercise has in turn resulted in the transformation of the existing ways of learning into a digital and supreme futuristic approach.
By Uma Raj
By Uma Raj
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Vaibhavi is a Digital Marketing Executive at Indium Software, India with an MBA in Marketing and Human Resources. She is passionate about writing blogs on the latest trends in software technology. Her passion further encompasses writing blogs on fashion, religious views, and food. Singing, dancing & mandala artwork are her stress busters. Sticking to the point and being realistic is her mantra!