Artificial intelligence ‘to revolutionise higher education’

The use of artificial intelligence and the “next-generation” of virtual learning environments (VLEs) are two areas of technology that have been forecast to have a major impact on higher education in the future, according to the expert panel of a major new report. The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition is produced by the New Media Consortium – a community of hundreds of universities, colleges, museums and research organisations driving innovation across their campuses – and is the flagship publication of the NMC Horizon Project, which analyses emerging technology uptake in education. Artificial intelligence, the report notes, has the “potential to enhance online learning, adaptive learning software, and research processes in ways that more intuitively respond to and engage with students”. Samantha Adams Becker, senior director of publications and communications at NMC and the report’s editor, said that the higher education world was already seeing the initial benefits of AI, which was “very much driving” the adaptive learning field. “If you...

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