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Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in English Language Teaching - Online

Artificial intelligence is already a part of our daily lives and there are some serious questions to be considered as to how AI or machine learning can help in class.

 

  • Can AI be useful when assessing language learners?

  • How is AI to partner with the educator to enhance the teaching/learning environment?

  • How are students to partner with technology such as  Alexa, Siri and co to enhance their learning process?

  • How can a chatbot, as one example of AI use maintain a constructivist approach to learning?

  • Does language education have a future with AI presence if the Google Assistant phones the restaurant to order a table?

  • Are we asking Hal to open the pod bay door and will he reply: I am sorry Dave, I can not do that?

 

The format of the webinar will be as follows:

4 mini presentations (15 min) as input sessions for an open participation by the audience in form of brainstorming, collaborative writing, open discussions, and other stone soup activities. The following four topics (theory and practice application) for the call for proposals are:

  1. Introduce the concept and where AI in ELT is today: friend or foe?

  2. Use in the classroom: instruction and tools

  3. Use in the classroom: activities

  4. Use in the classroom: assessment

 

Please join us for a half day online on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 9 November 2018 for an interactive event on the pros and cons of AI in class. A heuristic approach to dealing with algorithms and challenges of today and tomorrow.

 

From Philip Kerr's blogpost:

Predictions about the impact of technology on education have a tendency to be made by people with a vested interest in the technologies. Edison was a businessman who had invested heavily in motion pictures. Donald Clark is an edtech entrepreneur whose company, Wildfire, uses AI in online learning programs. Stephen Heppell is executive chairman of LP+ who are currently developing a Chinese language learning community for 20 million Chinese school students. The reporting of AIED is almost invariably in websites that are paid for, in one way or another, by edtech companies. Predictions need, therefore, to be treated sceptically. Indeed, the safest prediction we can make about hyped educational technologies is that inflated expectations will be followed by disillusionment, before the technology finds a smaller niche.

See blogpost by Philip Kerr for further reading on the topic.