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The Risk of Replacement: Understanding The Impact of AI On Fully Online Asynchronous Education Management Companies 

 January 9, 2023

By  James Brauer

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The world of education is in for a seismic shift. With the emergence of generative AI writing tools and platforms that can rapidly produce meaningful, valuable information, it’s becoming increasingly clear which industries and sub-industries are most at risk of being replaced by the technology.

In particular, any job or role that consists largely of automated tasks with little variation, as well as roles within knowledge- and information-sectors, stand to be affected significantly. This brings us to the education space, where the fully online asynchronous education management companies (Think, Stride or Pearson Virtual Schools/Connections Academy) will suffer the greatest impact.

These companies used to provide services more effectively and efficiently than districts’ own solutions. But now, AI-powered learning management and curriculum mapping tools have become far more efficient and capable. In minutes, teachers can craft a holistic learning experience with objectives, enduring understandings, assessments and a variety of user engagement tools—something that would take weeks or months for an EMO to accomplish previously.

This shift underscores a much larger problem within the education sector: its slow rate of adaptation in face of rapid technological changes. This has been especially visible in schools’ inability to leverage modern technologies like artificial intelligence to their full potential.

As AI content writing capabilities continue to evolve – enabling teachers to create not only rich content but also interactive experiences – it’s essential that educators embrace this technology proactively rather than passively waiting for solutions from third-party vendors like EMOs. Doing so will ensure they remain competitive by offering students high quality experiences through digital learning environments that are both engaging and educational.

It’s true that AI poses a threat to many industries and sub-industries, but it can also be used as an incredible tool for educators if they are willing to accept the challenge. With this in mind, it’s our responsibility to ensure educators the appropriate resources and training needed to make the most of this technology and provide students with the best education possible.

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James Brauer


James Brauer, Ed.D., MBA is currently Director of Graduate Education at Avila University. Previously he was a virtual school administrator of a public online school serving students throughout the state of Iowa. Brauer has also served as an assistant principal and special education teacher. He is passionate about leadership and management, health and wellness, and personal development.

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