What Trends Are Shaping AI In Education This Year? 15 Experts Share Their Insights

  • 25 September 2019
  • Sam Mire

Education is always shifting. As students' abilities and limitations change, new approaches have to be tried. Technology will be no small part of the future of education, and AI specifically will play a significant role. So we asked industry professionals which AI-related trends are most shaping the future of education. Here's what they said:

1. Dan Ayoub, General Manager for Microsoft Education

“As the rest of the world adapts to the possibilities of AI and how to properly implement it in their day-to-day, so does the education sector. We are seeing tremendous interest from educators and students to learn more about this exciting field, and we are working to help provide them with resources.”


2. Viola Lam, founder and CEO of Find Solution Ai

AI has become a technological mainstay across many industries. Especially in the education industry, the qualities and advantages that AI brings provide a unique opportunity for educators to scale individualized tutor services sustainably. There are several companies have incorporated AI-operated platforms to provide testing, learning, and feedback to the students.

The concept of customizing curriculum based on the individual needs of different students is not a matter of anticipation today. However, by adopting AI, it makes things more simplified and feasible. As AI is getting relatively more understandable to the public, various products in the market deployed AI to the syllabus of school in around the world. Some programs attempted to emulate a human tutor’s strategies in delivering personalized lessons per student, analyzing their progress and creating relevant assessments for each one of them. The ultimate goal is to anticipate students who underwent the AI-based learning program could have a better performance than those who did not. Such granular personalized learning would develop AI in the classroom more and more mature and deploy at scale using human tutors.”

3. Vishen Lakhiani, CEO of Mindvalley

“One of the biggest trends shaping A.I. in education is the prevailing belief that a traditional educational curriculum is not always the best experience for each student. Too often our curriculums are burdened by useless information, especially considering that the digital age gave us smartphones with the ability to sum up information at the push of a button. I see this trend steering us towards self-directed learning, a practice that allows for personal exploration and will be increasingly important as A.I. diversifies, specializes and shapes future jobs.”

4. Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind

“AI is helping students achieve better results by monitoring their progress and recommending the right resources at the right time to ensure they master concepts. This is especially applicable in subjects like math, which are easier for machines to understand. AI is also helping teachers on the backend to accelerate paperwork-intensive processes like grading.”

5. Jennifer Jones, Ph.D., CEO of Green Ivy Schools

“The first wave of AI is presenting itself in the form of personalized education, which will open up the door for self-guided learning that public school districts and state systems beleaguered by test pressures and budget limitations will find irresistible. AI’s first wave of major influence in education will be in the displacement of teachers, primarily across post-secondary and then secondary education. Eventually, it will trickle down to middle and elementary school levels.

The upside of this AI wave in education will be that when properly implemented, AI can liberate talented teachers who have been chained to test prep, or provide the kind of support a teacher needs to properly differentiate curriculum across learner styles and pathways. Which way it goes will depend entirely on school, district and state leadership. Who will be visionary in the application of AI, who will be bought by the AI companies seeking contracts, and who will be expedient in the use of AI to provide budget relief through reduction in staff. We shall see.”

6. Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyBoard

The number one trend I’ve noticed shaping AI in education this year is personalization, especially at a young age. There are various mobile and web apps that teach its users new skills specific to the knowledge they already have. Polyup, for instance, is a platform that teaches math and coding in a unique and individual way. Users must complete gamified computational challenges allowing them to freely experiment with algorithms and numbers, before advancing to a new level.”

7. Tom Livne, CEO and co-founder of Verbit

Today's college students are true digital natives, having been raised in a world where technology is ubiquitous. This familiarity with digital devices creates an expectation for their learning environments to be just as technology-enabled as every other aspect of their daily lives. As such, the traditional, lecture-driven “sage on the stage” model has grown increasingly obsolete, giving way to new and improved paradigms, where student engagement is the priority. This new standard leverages technology as the great enabler, fostering more collaboration, communication, and experiences for improved outcomes.

The #1 AI trend impacting education is about virtual reality. When we are able to virtually place students in real life situations without leaving the academic setting, AI provides the ability for the students to encounter the scenarios and situations they need in order to become more equipped for their careers once they graduate.”

8. Dee Kanejiya, founder and CEO of Cognii

“Conversational EdTech is the latest AI trend in the education industry. It leverages the power of natural language processing to engage students in a one-to-one human-like conversation with AI. Cognii Virtual Learning Assistant is an example of conversational EdTech that provides instant qualitative feedback and assessments to students on their written answers and helps them improve the mastery of important concepts.”


9. Bill Salak, CTO at Brainly

“The primary trend is personalization and it's easy to see why. The many students-to-one-teacher model or in other terms the many-students-to-one-curriculum model that is the basis of most education systems is begging for student level personalization and adaption. I predict that this will continue to be where most AI use cases in education will be focused over the next year+.”

10. Jiajia Zhang, Product Manager at Gooroo

“Adaptive learning is definitely a trend. Adaptive learning software is emerging. It is able to adapt the curriculum based on how students react to the content they are learning in real-time. There’s rich information we can mine from how students interact with the software, so to provide personalized support for their learning.”

11. Joe Caprio, VP of Sales at

The academic world has seen tremendous growth with the adoption of AI. AI for education has changed the way students learn since most educational materials are becoming accessible through computers and smart devices. But, it has also helped students garner real-life experience.

A large part of Dr. Dover’s professional sales curriculum is role-playing. Before, students weren’t receiving real-time feedback on their conversations and oftentimes, had to wait two weeks to hear feedback from their professor. With, students are now able to review their sales calls instantly as well as Dr. Dover is able to provide feedback immediately.”

12. Franz Chen, CEO of Ponddy Education

Artificial Intelligence is increasingly being used to facilitate the customization of curriculum, teaching methodology and assessment, particularly for personalized interactions between teachers and students and content.

In particular, Knowledge Graphing is the foundation for advanced language learning. It creates pools of knowledge elements which can be embedded into networks that are then used by Artificial Intelligence to design optimized learning paths for language learners. Acquiring proficiency in challenging but critical languages such as Chinese, Russian and Arabic, requires finding relevant content at the right level for students to comprehend which is difficult and time-intensive. AI technology can level and personalize content to make teaching more effective and learning more efficient.  

The development of tools and technology that enable intelligent tutoring systems, adaptive skill-building and adaptive learning systems have all seen significant advances this year. AI platforms collect data on student’s learning patterns and performance so that it can make recommendations on curriculum and map out an adaptive and dynamic study plan for the student. Student learning can be optimized by integrating AI tools and engaging online instruction.”

13. Andreas Oranje, General Manager at Educational Testing Service

“The trend shaping AI this year is that of the doubling down on personalized learning. This, combined with automation of feedback, will likely have a profound effect on the education space.”


14. Alexandra Zelenko, Technical Writer at DDI Development

“Smart content technology attempts to condense textbooks into a useful tool for exam preparation such as true or false questions. Currently, AI-powered systems can produce digital high-quality content, use traditional syllabuses to create customized textbooks for certain subjects. As a result, textbooks are being digitized, and new learning interfaces are being created to help students to attain their ultimate academic success. For instance, the Cram101 that utilized AI helps to disseminate and breakdown textbook content into digestible “smart” study guide that includes chapter summaries, true-false and multiple choice practice tests, flashcards. Another example is the Netex Learning that includes online assistance programs, illustrative videos, etc. and enables educators to create e-based curriculums and educative information across devices.”

15. Alain Goudey, Chief Digital Officer at Neoma Business School

The #1 trend shaping AI in Education this year is adaptive learning. Over the last couple of months, you can see various forms of adaptive learning emerging with AI based EdTech companies. This is one of the biggest advantages that AI technology can bring to education: the opportunity to fully adapt to the learning profile of each of our students.”

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