The role of Artificial Intelligence in Adult Basic Skills Education
Submitted by David J. Rosen on June 4, 2019 - 9:02pm
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Hello Integrating Technology Colleagues,
This is a new thread, one which I expect may become increasingly important in the near future. Artificial Intelligence is becoming more widespread in K-12 and higher education, and apparently it has a rapidly growing market in both these arenas, but what is happening with AI in adult basic skills education? That's the topic of this discussion thread. If you are using AI applications or are planning to use them in adult basic skills (including English language learning) tell us about what and how you are using it. If you have questions about AI, pose them in this discussion and we'll try to get answers for you.
To start things off, in an article entitled Global Artificial Intelligence Boom Predicted in Education, Particularly in China in EdWeek's Market Brief today I note the following that may be of interest:
A report, from a "market research firm, HolonIQ, examines the evolution of AI from K-12 through higher education and into adult professional and corporate learning."
"The report noted five core areas where AI technology is being developed and used for education:
- Vision—Emotion recognition is used to detect confusion and engagement, with identity management applications for testing and virtual learning.
- Voice—Text-to-voice interfaces are utilized to support learning activities, particularly literacy and language learning.
- Natural Language—Deciphering human language is a complex AI challenge. However, this technique is emerging in assessment, feedback, and plagiarism detection.
- Algorithms—This “machine learning” is being applied to create personalized, adaptive learning paths for students.
- Hardware—Smart devices, robotics, laboratory technology, and software systems are all being powered by AI."
"The report notes six areas where AI is creating value in education:
1. Learning processes: This area covers intelligent classrooms, adaptive and personalized content for students, robotics, and language learning with virtual tutors.
2. Assessment and feedback: AI is automating and personalizing assessments, giving feedback on written work, and helping students plan assessment tasks.
3. Learner/talent acquisitions: Organizations and institutions are using AI technology to find and retain students and employees. Universities are using it in admissions to match applicants with requirements, using chatbots to answer student questions, and organizations are using the technology to better hire professional employees and find talent.
4. Administration/business processes: AI technologies are helping to ease the burden of administrative processes and grapple with the massive amounts of data that schools and districts collect. AI is helping to identify and predict risks, automating services, and streamlining administrative tasks.
5. Language learning: AI is assessing students’ current knowledge and learning capabilities, delivering adaptive content based on learning patterns and providing feedback using speech-recognition technology.
6. Corporate training: AI is “set to revolutionize corporate training” the report finds, with personalized, adaptive supports and real-time monitoring of daily workflow to close gaps between training and performance."
Which of these five core areas, or six areas of added value, would be of interest to you and your adult basic skills colleagues, and why?
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group