‘AI will never replace teachers’


ChatGPT is on everyone’s lips. Its advent is considered a breath of fresh air in technology, providing innumerable educational benefits.

It can significantly enhance the quality of teaching and learning at schools and universities; help students who have difficulty understanding what is taught in class but are afraid to ask their teachers; analyse students’ learning styles, paces and preferences to create customised learning programmes that meet their specific needs; and adjust the difficulty level of content based on student performance and provide additional materials for the topics they learn in class.

This individualised approach to learning can help them achieve their optimal potential, improve their academic performance, and provide immediate feedback and assessment to students who can ask ChatGPT all sorts of questions.

Traditional grading and assessment methods are time-consuming and prone to error but with ChatGPT, tests and assignments can be graded quickly and accurately, allowing students to identify their weaknesses and remedy them quickly.It can also help teachers save time and improve their teaching effectiveness by analysing student data and identifying trends, such as which topics are difficult for students and which teaching methods are most effective. This information is useful for educators to adjust their teaching strategies and personalise their lessons to cater to the needs of each student.

More importantly, this AI tool is accessible to all. But while teachers and students now have knowledge at their fingertips, ChatGPT has its flaws.

It can only be used to help teachers provide better learning outcomes for their students – not replace humans as educators.

DR MOHD SHAHIDAN SHAARI

Faculty of Applied and Human Sciences

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

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