The purpose of this advanced training course is about the mainstreaming of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital education innovations for teachers’ competency development. The course is designed to provide an overview of AI, introduce you to the components of AI and other digital education innovations, explore the ethical and moral uses of AI, and consider how AI may ultimately impact teachers and teacher development.
You have the freedom to move through topics in any sequence, or you can choose to do only those modules or topics that are of most interest to you. However, the course is designed on the assumption that you will progress through each module sequentially, learning as you go from beginning to end.
Embedded in each module are:
Credits will be obtained by completing the following tasks:
Welcome to AI and Digital Education Innovations for Teacher Development Overview and Planning Document! We’re glad you’ve joined us to learn more about this exciting and important topic.
This module provides a broad overview of how AI and other digital education innovations may help support students, teachers, and teacher development. We will examine the importance of AI in education from a global context and review major trends impacting education. You will gain better insight into current major digital education innovations and more specifically, what AI is, what it isn’t, and how AI and other digital innovations can benefit education.
This module provides an overview of Data Analytics for education, specifically Learning Analytics. While focusing on the key data produced by students and instructors in the process of teaching and learning with technology, we will review how Artificial Intelligence consumes the data to build new opportunities. We also examine how Data Analytics has the potential to introduce a data-informed decision-making process to stakeholders such as students, parents, instructors, academic administrators, and governmental authorities.
In this module, we explore how AI and other advanced technologies can bring the real world into the classroom and the classroom into the real world through the process of active learning. We examine simulation, gamification, and the psychological concepts of flow and intrinsic motivation. We review the role of copyright in education and how crowdsourcing, copyleft, the Creative Commons, and Open Educational Resources Open Solutions can provide for empowering learning experience in an AI-enabled world.
In this module, we explore the ethics of AI in education. We examine the inherent risk of AI in general, in education specifically, and how the world is organising around a set of guiding principles to encourage the ethical use of AI. We explore how bias in AI occurs by learning about the types of bias in AI and review several well-known case studies of bias in AI. We also review cases of AI bias in education. Finally, we explore guidelines that can ensure the trustworthy use of AI.
In this module, we will help you separate hype from reality. You will gain an understanding of the difficulties of innovating in existing educational systems. We’ll guide in using practical and theoretical frameworks for making decisions in the selection of potential AI applications. We’ll look at the subject areas where AI in education is booming and where it is straggling. Finally, we’ll offer guidance for ways you can begin to implement AI immediately at the institutional, student, and classroom levels for both you and the teachers you develop.
Your course authorship team consists of:
Szymon Machajewski, Ph.D
Dr. Szymon Machajewski is a codewright and a gamification sherpa focused on student engagement through learning analytics. Authoring of open source projects such as BbStats and LoginAs was recognized in 2011 with an award in Innovative Code Development and a U.S. patent in e-learning. While teaching Computer Science since 2003, he is certified in Mental Health First Aid and most recently recognized with a national award for Optimising Student Experience and an award for Leading Change in 2021. For his work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he was invited to the Blackboard Community Leadership Circle, a governance board appointed to lead and influence initiatives for the global education community. He also serves on the EDUCAUSE Student Success Analytics CG Steering Committee and UIC Electronic Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Policy Committee.
Nicky Mohan, Ed.D
Dr. Nicky Mohan is a global citizen. Born and raised in South Africa, she now shares her time between New Zealand and Canada. Nicky has been a classroom teacher, a school administrator, a university leader, a business sector manager, a corporate trainer, an international speaker, and a global consultant. She worked as the Director of Curriculum for the 21st Century Fluency Group (Canada). She is currently the Managing Partner of the InfoSavvy Group (Canada), and Director and co-founder of SpringBoard21 (USA). Nicky has co-written five books including the award-winning Reinventing Learning for the Always-on Generation, and the bestseller LeaderShift2020: Renewing Our Schools For Modern Times. She served as a member of the Teacher Task Force - UNESCO core working group on ‘The Role of AI in Education’.
George Saltsman, Ed.D
Dr. George Saltsman is an Associate Research Professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership and Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Digital Learning at Lamar University where he works to advance the effectiveness of technology in education. In that pursuit, Dr. Saltsman has delivered over 250 presentations on technology integration and served as an educational consultant to Apple, Google, AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Pearson, and numerous ministries of education, NGOs, and corporations during his academic career. As a researcher, Dr. Saltsman has overseen 42 empirical investigations into digital learning working and is co-author of An Administrators Guide to Online Education and multiple other works focused on the integration of technology in education. For his dedication to advancing education he has been appointed as an Apple Distinguished Educator, mobile learning policy advisor to UNESCO, and winner of multiple awards, including Campus Technology Innovator of the Year, Blackboard Catalyst Award, and The New Media Consortium’s Center of Excellence Award.