Randhir Kumar, Founder and Chief Mentor, BasicFirst Learning OPC Pvt Ltd

Randhir Kumar plays a key role in implementing technology in education tutoring and test preparation. His experience in the industry has helped him to analyze the dominant qualities among students and understand the concepts of the curriculum which has in the process helped the students score good ranks in competitive exams and board examinations. With over 23 years of work experience in the education industry, Randhir has been a consultant to start-ups and a mentor for the stakeholders in the education industry. Before founding BasicFirst, Randhir was a Director and Mentor of India-based Pen4future, an education company founded by a group of IIT and IIM Alumni. He was also the mentor of a series of educational institutes and has been instrumental in shaping the career of more than 40,000 students both from the Engineering and Medical streams. In the last 21 years, he has conducted over 600 counselling sessions for 15,000 parents and has helped more than 3000 students in reaching IIT’s.

This path-breaking technology has the potential to change the lives of millions of students in the coming years, in more ways than we can ever imagine.

The education sector was long due for a fresh makeover. The emergence of the machine learning era has, in a way, revolutionized the whole perception of education by introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the affairs associated with teaching and learning. This technological intervention has been one of the most sought-after developments in the world of education in recent times. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, machine learning is the next big thing to bank upon in the said sector. While human intelligence is unique in more than one way, AI possesses the ability to perform complex jobs like collecting and analyzing information, recognizing patterns and taking decisions, among other things, way faster than a normal human brain. Artificial Intelligence has already been making its presence felt across the lengths and breaths of the education sector, and with the current upshot in the trend of machine learning, its penetration is destined to break every barrier in the future.

In developing countries like India, the dearth of teachers has always been an issue. With slow improvements in the past years, the standard of curriculums in such countries also seem to lack sincerity towards the goal of all-round development of the learners. To gap this bridge, and aid to the efforts of our education systems, educators all over the world are now joining hands with various Edu-Tech start-ups to facilitate machine learning on any subject, to the remotest corner of the Earth, and spread the joy of learning. This path-breaking technology has the potential to change the lives of millions of students in the coming years, in more ways than we can ever imagine. Let us check below what this hype about machine learning is all about.

Learning does not stop:  Let us see it in the light of the COVID-19 crisis. Going by our current situation, the world is dealing with a global pandemic. Owing to which, schools, colleges and universities are closed for an indefinite time, like the majority of other sectors. However, is this a valid enough reason to stop learning? No! Learning is a continuous process, and we cannot afford to just put a halt on it whenever, and for just whatever reason. Proving just that and more, we have all witnessed a sudden upsurge in the rate of e-learning in a lot of countries, including India in the last couple of months. In the absence of regular classes, machine learning has suddenly become the absolute need of the hour for the entire student fraternity. Like I said, learning does not stop. And this will continue for years to come.

Tech-Savvy Classrooms: With the introduction of multiple formats of learning, modern classrooms are equipped with the most advanced technologies to give students complete engagement. Technology aids in nurturing creative minds and helps in accelerating the learning process. The difficult textual content can be explained through videos as documentaries and movies, to give it a more relatable touch. Podcasts have also become an integral part of a number of classrooms, and students find it helpful to get useful insights on the textual contents. In fact, audio-visual communication works as the best supplement to get the hook of a complex subject, and it also helps students to retain information for a longer period of time.

Customized Techniques: Almost ruling out the age-old concept of one-size-fits-all technique, e-learning brings into table the all-new customized techniques to meet with the unique needs of every learner. Channelling AI’s incredible ability of recognizing patterns, top Edu-Tech companies are going to lengths to assess student data by studying online history and touchpoints from multiple platforms, to determine the most suitable learning techniques, to cater to individual needs. Unlike how previously uniform courses were imposed on students, e-learning with the help of AI uses clever-coding, algorithm and big data, and enable students to opt for courses and concepts that they are interested in, and are carved especially for them. Additionally, lesson plans are specially customized for each learner to suit their special needs and grasping abilities. This allows students to excel in their chosen career and lead a brighter future.

360-degree Feedback: Constructive feedback is a part of any learning system, and the growth of an individual is very much dependent on it. Machine learning also provides highly curated feedback to each student or individual after mapping their learning graph and scrutinizing further to identify the best approach for them to be able to churn out the most of their chosen course. However, feedbacks are a two-way process, and teachers need it for their development as much as students. Hence, a lot of e-learning platforms take the support of AI to analyze teachers’ data as well, to enable them to better adjust with the teaching requirements.

Fun Experience: Learning and fun were two terms standing poles apart until a few years back, but not anymore. By leveraging the most out of artificial intelligence, modern classrooms have been turned into some of the most enjoyable places to learn new things. Teachers have started using simulation as one of the newest ways to grab the attention of the students, both online and in the classroom. Many institutions for technical courses like medical, flying and engineering have been using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to train the students by putting them in a more real life-like situation. These highly interactive sessions allow the students to see how they can apply their textual knowledge in a real situation.

Blurring Barriers: Things like geographical barriers can no longer stop anyone from learning new things. Machine learning has finally enabled every student to pursue any course, taught in any institution, by any professor, sitting right inside the comfort of their own homes. Further, AI makes interactions with global peers smooth as butter through internet, and also helps in creating cross-country partnerships. This process works exceptionally well when used for learning new foreign languages and get better understanding of different cultures.

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