A common complaint is that the current education system no longer matches what society expects from us. More and more educational tools are already being offered digitally, but it is clear that much more is possible in this area. Why are pupils and students not yet offered a standardised curriculum that enhances their digital skill set, for instance?
Everything points towards the educational world being on the brink of a digital transformation in which AI could be a welcome driving force. However, we are talking here about technology that we need to use with care, especially in education.
It has now become clear that AI will at any rate play a major role in educational innovation, educational logistics and the way parties within and outside the education chain work together. AI can significantly speed up the development of personalised education by helping students along their own individual learning pathway. Adaptive teaching materials can be made even more valuable for students and teachers thanks to AI. And AI will also change the role of teachers. In short, AI is capable of transforming the entire education chain: from primary schools to scientific training, in both public and private education.
The big question is how we can make sure that AI’s potential is used for developing and utilising the talents of all pupils, students and employees. And how should we address the societal and social aspects of AI in education? We can only succeed if we collaborate with educational organisations, research institutions, the commercial sector, governmental authorities and the people of the Netherlands – a collaboration based on co-creation, with good plans, rapid implementation and concrete actions in the education chain.
The working group
To identify the biggest opportunities and challenges for AI in the educational arena and to bring partners together for cooperation: that is the focus of the working group. To be able to do that even better, the participants are collaborating on an overarching programme. And because there is a clear overlap with Human Capital, there is regular contact with that working group within the coalition. The knowledge acquired is shared – not just within the Netherlands AI Coalition, but also elsewhere. After all, education is an important element of society, so it is important that all the parties involved can join the discussion about how to use AI in various learning pathways.
AI in practice
It is not just talk: the participants of the working group have now launched several pilots. Testing AI in practice will show us the added value of that technology in education and what the important points to pay attention to are. There are currently pilots for personalised learning.
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