October 17, 2019

AI Applications In Education + Training

By: Larry Bridgesmith

As a lawyer, I have grown accustomed to the slow rate of technology adoption by lawyers. In most cases it is the client community that drives tech innovation in law.

I have been in higher education for over fifteen years. I was not prepared for the reluctance of educators and administrators to embrace innovation in the delivery of training and education.

Influential voices in higher education are beginning to call their colleagues to a greater appreciation for how education (theoretical and practical) will be disrupted by the power of Artificial Intelligence in its many applications.

Throwing out “baby with the bathwater” approaches are seldom appropriate. Higher education is no different. The both/and view of how education can be improved without jettisoning its traditional value in theoretical learning is as valuable in higher ed as it is in health care and legal services.

Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation, The Harvard Business Review has compiled the Insight Center for the Future of Education.

A collection of articles regarding the directions that higher education must take to remain relevant and vital to our economy and society are worth reviewing.

Lasse Rouihianen writes to inform how AI applications can personalize education to help students create a formal learning path most appropriate for their needs and interests in light of career objectives and economic opportunities.

Dr. Jason Wingard, dean of Columbia University School of Professional Studies promotes “alternative credentials”. Badges and certificates reflecting how non-academic training can augment a formal education to enhance employee value to employers and the market they serve.

These and many other applications of a modified education model won’t supplant higher education. Instead, the marriage of formal education with practical training will form the foundation for workplace value in a rapidly changing environment in which data analytics through emerging technologies are disrupting everything.

Institutions that can embrace both traditional academics along with practical training in the skills needed to evolve in an individual’s career path will become the most favored providers of higher education for both employers and employees in the digital age.