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ASEFClassNet17 Participants Successfully Completes Self-Learning Phase

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21 Jun 2024

In a timely journey of professional growth on “Learning about AI and Learning with AI”, 255 participants from 38 Asian and European countries have successfully completed the self-learning phase of the ASEFClassNet17 School and Faculty Collaboration Projects. This phase, focused on the dual themes of “Learning about AI” and “Learning with AI,” to provide them a foundational and practical knowledge base.  The cohort included trainee teachers, teachers, teacher trainers, school leaders, academics, and researchers, all united by a common goal: to harness the power of artificial intelligence in education.

Learning About AI: Building Awareness and Foundational Knowledge

Understanding AI is crucial in today’s digital age, especially for educators who are preparing students for a future where AI will be ubiquitous. The self-learning phase provided participants with comprehensive insights into the fundamentals of AI through 2 thematic webinars. This included an exploration of AI concepts, historical development, and the various types of AI technologies currently shaping the world.

Participants engaged with interactive modules covering key AI topics such as machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks, and data ethics. These modules were designed to demystify AI and make complex concepts accessible. By learning about AI, participants gained a deeper understanding of how AI technologies work, their potential applications, and the ethical considerations that come with their use.

The diverse backgrounds of the participants enriched the learning experience, fostering a global exchange of ideas and perspectives. Teachers from Europe shared their experiences with AI-driven educational tools, while their Asian counterparts discussed the integration of AI in classrooms with limited resources. This cross-cultural dialogue was instrumental in highlighting the universal and diverse impacts of AI on education.

Learning With AI: Exposure to AIED Tools to Test Foundational Knowledge

Beyond understanding and being aware of AI, ASEFClassNet17 also emphasized the importance of testing the foundational knowledge by understanding, evaluating and testing various using AIED tools. This theme focused on leveraging AI tools to enhance teaching and learning processes. Participants explored various AI-powered educational technologies, such as personalized learning platforms, intelligent tutoring systems, and AI-driven assessment tools.

Through hands-on activities and case studies, participants experienced firsthand how AI can create more engaging and effective learning environments. They learned how AI can tailor educational content to meet individual student needs, providing personalized feedback and support. For instance, AI algorithms can analyze student performance data to identify learning gaps and recommend targeted interventions, helping students to master concepts at their own pace.

Participants also examined the role of AI in fostering inclusive education. AI tools can assist in creating accessible learning materials for students with disabilities, offering speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and other assistive technologies. This not only enhances learning outcomes but also promotes equity in education.

Embarking on a Team Learning Journey

With the completion of the self-learning phase, participants are now poised to embark on the next stage of their educational journey: team learning. In this phase, they will work in a peer-to-peer setting, fostering collaboration and shared learning. This team learning journey will allow participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge in real-world contexts, working together to develop innovative educational practices that integrate AI.

Participants will work diverse teams, bringing together their varied expertise and perspectives. This collaborative environment will enable them to tackle complex educational challenges and create AI-enhanced teaching strategies and solutions. By working together, they will not only deepen their understanding of AI but also build strong professional networks that transcend geographical boundaries. Team Team Learning Journey will take place in different formats for the School and Faculty Collaboration participants. While the school collaboration participants will work in a pair to design an Innovative Teaching Practice (ITP), the Faculty Collaboration participants will join forces in a team of 5-10 to collaboratively work on a project of their choice to contribute to the field of AI&ED and advance AI&ED innovation and activities in their own institution.

A Collaborative and Future-Oriented Approach

The successful completion of the self-learning phase by ASEFClassNet17 participants shows commitment to professional development and their readiness to embrace AI in education relevantly and meaningfully. The knowledge and skills acquired during this phase are expected to have a lasting impact on their educational practices, benefiting students across Asia and Europe.

As these educators return to their respective institutions, they carry with them a wealth of knowledge about AI and its applications in education. They are now better equipped to integrate AI into their teaching strategies, enhancing student engagement, and learning outcomes. Moreover, they are prepared to lead discussions on the ethical use of AI, ensuring that these technologies are employed responsibly and equitably.

The forthcoming team learning journey promises to further enrich this experience. By collaborating in peer-to-peer settings, participants will continue to learn and innovate, driving forward the integration of AI in education. This collaborative phase will not only enhance their practical skills but also foster a sense of global community and shared purpose.

In conclusion, the ASEFClassNet17 initiative has not only empowered educators with critical AI knowledge but has also fostered a global network of professionals dedicated to innovating education through AI. As these participants continue their journey, they will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the future of education, making it more dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of the digital age.

Learn more about the project: here 

Have questions about the project? Email the team at: classnet@asef.org!

 

 

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