Bundle: Artificial intelligence in education

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While the ideas behind Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been around for some time, AI is increasingly is being used to develop public services through the improved ability to both collect and process data. This bundle explores the role AI currently plays in the delivery of these public services, with a particular focus on education, along with exploring the future implications of this fast-advancing technology.

Two new LGIU briefings focus on the theme of AI and its role in education, this includes showcasing how it can change the administration of education along with how it can support the learning process. The case study examples explore how AI projects are currently being undertaken while also tackling the ethical issues that are critical for consideration. 

In addition, you can find a selection of other relevant LGIU briefings which examine aspects like:

  • The UK government’s current policy stance of AI;
  • How AI can help further develop local policies;
  • The use of AI in health and care sectors;
  • And, how Covid-19 has spurred on the further development of this technology.

The use of artificial Intelligence in learning – an overview of the projects

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused educators across the world to consider the use of new technologies and alternative ways of teaching and learning. This briefing draws on recent work from UNESCO, including the ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Futures of Learning’ project. Read the briefing here.

Artificial Intelligence and the future of learning – the policy implications

The UNESCO policy guidance suggests a fourth industrial revolution may be underway with public services increasingly delivered online and through the use of artificial intelligence. This briefing considers this in relation to education including how humanity can be educated to live in this new future world. Read the briefing here.

An unexpected side-effect of Covid-19: accelerating the use of data. What can councils learn?

Councils have responded to the challenges of Covid-19 by making much better use of data and innovation. Innovative uses include joining up their own datasets, creating new data sharing techniques, using data from private companies to monitor pedestrian flows and analysing CCTV footage to improve social distancing on public transport. Read the briefing here.

National Data Strategy and consultation

In September the UK Government launched the new UK National Data Strategy to build a ‘world-leading’ data economy and support the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The closing date for responses to its consultation to shape the principles of the strategy is 2 December 2020. Read the briefing here.

Data analytics and local policy

Data analytics involves the pooling of administrative data collected by various service agencies with other data already in the public domain, often to build predictive models to support preventive interventions. Local authorities and local partners are working on various pilots and demonstration projects. Read the briefing here.

How will technology change health and care?

The King’s Fund published a paper late last year entitled “The digital revolution: eight technologies that will change health and care”. This briefing outlines the King’s Fund’s findings and explores the potential challenges and risks to local authorities and other NHS bodies. Read the briefing here.