Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: An Overview

Today, we are awash in noise about artificial intelligence. Large language models, machine learning, deep learning, etc. These buzzwords are thrown around with little explanation on the practicalities. It seems everyone has an opinion and everyone is talking past and over each other. “AI will doom us all! AI will usher in a golden era of knowledge!”

This is true in every sector of life today, but it’s particularly pointed in Higher Education.

In this series, we’ll explore the budding relationship between AI and Higher Education. There is much to learn, and much to know, but one thing we do know is that this matters and it will likely change everything.

How does AI cater to Modern-day Student Needs?

Students today like quick, concise learning experiences. They are looking for more opportunities to access microlearning modules and bite-sized pieces of content that can deliver the most important information in the shortest format. AI solutions can deliver content in smaller chunks, making it easier for adult learners to fit learning into their busy schedules and facilitate better retention.

Students also expect some level of personalized learning, and AI can provide Smart Content.
AI algorithms analyze learners’ interactions and preferences to recommend relevant courses, articles, and resources that align with their interests and learning goals.

How can Instructors benefit from AI-driven tools?

Instructors spend much of their time grading and writing feedback. AI-powered grading tools can automatically assess and grade assignments, quizzes, and exams, providing instructors with more time for personalized feedback and interaction with students.

The use of personalized learning analytics using AI platforms can offer instructors deep insight that’s readily accessible. These could include student engagement data and performance trends, all designed to support data-driven teaching decisions and identify students who may need additional support.

Another area that can benefit instructors and save time while building or updating curriculum is the ability of AI to make content recommendations. AI algorithms can suggest appropriate educational resources and activities based on individual student needs and learning objectives, facilitating personalized instruction.

The key is synchronicity, the augmentation of human intuition and intelligence with AI’s ability to process knowledge and data.

How does AI Empower Instructional Designers?

More and more, instructional designers are taking center stage in course design and development. With AI at their side, they can seamlessly generate rich learning content—be it text, multimedia, or interactive activities.

As the trend shifts toward microlearning and bite-sized content, AI steps in to cater to the fast-paced lives of adult learners. Beyond content creation, AI helps designers in scrutinizing the quality of educational material, pinpointing areas that may lack in readability, clarity, or accessibility.

How can AI Power Assessment?

Finally, AI can generate quizzes and assessments based on learning objectives. This ensures they align with the course content and provide valuable feedback to learners, requiring much less human authoring and revision. Professors get more time for engaging in research and investing in the lives of their students.

Deployed correctly, AI can be a powerful augmentation tool for every facet of the Higher Education Ecosystem.

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