AI in Education: Change at the Speed of Learning

The policy brief “AI in Education: Change at the Speed of Learning” published by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) opens a new series of publications “Digital Transformation of Education”. The new publication describes the advancements in technology, including data, analytics and personalized learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing and machine learning, and explores the promises of AI for students, teachers, school leaders, parents and education administrators. The publication also highlights the ethical aspects of AI implementation and challenges that it might bring.

The publication was authored by Mr. Steven Duggan, who have worked in education for more than 30 years. Mr. Duggan is Member of UNESCO IITE Governing Board and Vice President of Terawe Corporation providing AI solutions for a wide range of public sector and commercial industries. Previously he served as the Director of Worldwide Education Strategy at Microsoft.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a pivotal role in helping to realize the promise of personalized learning – the ability to tailor the delivery, the content and the pace of learning to the specific needs of each individual student. The ability to ingest data from multiple data sources, interrogate that data and to derive Insights – using tools such as predictive analytics and machine learning – is what makes AI such an exciting advancement in education technology and why its use will prove transformational for all stakeholders, from individual students to Ministries of Education.

The new series of publications “Digital Transformation of Education” is planned in line with the mission of UNESCO IITE to serve as facilitator and enabler for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 through ICT-enhanced solutions and best practices. It will include policy briefs, analytical reports and reflection papers developed to explore ongoing and emerging fundamental changes in education due to the use of technologies and their impact on education and other spheres of human life.

The publication “AI in Education: Change at the Speed of Learning” is available in English and Russian at UNESCO IITE website.

Publication year: 2020

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