Exploring Next-Generation Education Series: AI and the Future of Education

AI and the Future of Education. March 24. 11 a.m. Featuring presenters James Lester and Eric Wiebe

It has become clear that AI will profoundly transform society. It will dramatically change the socio-technological landscape, produce seismic economic shifts and fundamentally reshape the workforce in ways that we are only beginning to grasp. With its imminent arrival, it is critically important to deeply engage with questions around how we should design education in the age of AI. Fortunately, while we must address the significant challenges posed by AI, we can also leverage AI itself to address these challenges.

In this talk, the presenters will consider how (and at what rate) AI technologies for education will evolve, discuss emerging innovations in AI-augmented learning environments for formal and informal contexts, and explore what competencies will be elevated in an AI-pervasive workforce. They will introduce the newly launched National Science Foundation AI Institute for Engaged Learning–a multi-institutional research center for AI-driven learning technologies–and will discuss the Institute’s research on AI technologies that leverage advances in natural language processing, computer vision and machine learning to create narrative-centered learning environments, embodied conversational agents for learning and multimodal learning analytics. Presenters will conclude by considering what all of these developments suggest for K-12 education and the future of human learning.

Lunch will be provided after the talk from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. so that everyone can continue the discussion.