As one of the principal drivers of progression, it’s no surprise that learning has been a focus of technological advances. While AI is not a new concept, its popularity is increasing, especially as technology becomes more affordable. In recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be the next development that shapes the future of elearning.
So, what is AI?

Google defines AI as “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages”.

Siri and Google Now are examples of AI used in everyday life. In short, they help find useful information when you ask for it using your voice. Another example is self driving cars. Google are currently creating an algorithm that could potentially allow cars to drive the same way as humans do through experience. Currently the top uses for AI are in research, consumer behavioural analysis, forecasting, office automation and IT security.

But, how does this relate to elearning?

AI could speed up the design and development of elearning. Currently course creation relies on the expertise of instructional designers and developers but in the future theses roles could be completely superseded by AI. It’s a long shot that AI will completely take over anytime soon but it could be used to assist humans in various ways.

The most straightforward example is that AI could assist in the generation of course content from a set of rules and requirements. AI should be able to adapt content in real time, make sense of it and present it in a logical format. Eventually AI could provide content suggestions, fill in missing areas or even write the content itself. The more complex debate is whether AI will ever become truly ‘creative’?

As we stand, here are a few facts and figures about the perception of Artificial Intelligence in enterprise.

How many people who work in enterprise have experience with AI?
  • 49% have heard about it
  • 28% have personal experience with it
  • 15% have colleagues who have worked with it
  • 8% don’t know about it at all
Organisations who plan to implement AI
  • 31% plan to use it in the foreseeable future
  • 26% plan to use it in the near future
  • 24% plan to use it in the next few years
  • 19% are currently using it in some form

As the figures show, AI is firmly on the radar of learning and development professionals. These stats are only going to rise in the next few years with AI becoming more commonplace in all areas of life. It is important to identify trends in elearning early to properly prepare your organisation.

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One Comment on “Artificial Intelligence in elearning”

  1. Really interesting article. AI has such potential and its an exciting technology to integrate into learning, but it can also cause a bit of distress to current experts and teachers in their field. Still, even if AI were to be fully developed, the human element of learning would probably never leave teachers completely sidelined. Thanks for sharing this!

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