Teaching Skills are Durable Skills with AI
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by Michael Feldstein
1w ago
I recently gave a keynote on AI at the durable skills-themed D2L Ignite conference in Orlando. I took the following positions: Durable skills, unlike so many educational buzzwords, is a genuine civilizational shift that requires our urgent attention. AI does not cause it. It just made the change obvious. AI genuinely will cause profound and unforeseeable changes to the way we live. I gave a highly personal example to make this point vivid. Teaching skills are durable skills that translate quite well to the AI world. Other skills, such as those required to design and test solutions to complex ..read more
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AI in EdTech: How it Breaks in Subtle Ways
e-Literate - What We Are Learning About Online Learning
by Michael Feldstein
2M ago
In my last post, I explained how generative AI memory works and why it will always make mistakes without a fundamental change in its foundational technology. I also gave some tips for how to work around and deal with that problem to safely and productively incorporate imperfect AI into EdTech (and other uses). Today, I will draw on the memory issue I wrote about last time as a case study of why embracing our imperfect tools also means recognizing where they are likely to fail us and thinking hard about dealing realistically with their limitations. This is part of a larger series I’m starting o ..read more
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How You Will Never Be Able to Trust Generative AI (and Why That’s OK)
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by Michael Feldstein
3M ago
In my last post, I introduced the idea of thinking about different generative AI models as coworkers with varying abilities as a way to develop a more intuitive grasp of how to interact with them. I described how I work with my colleagues Steve ChatGPT, Claude Anthropic, and Anna Bard. This analogy can hold (to a point) even in the face of change. For example, in the week since I wrote that post, it appears that Steve has finished his dissertation, which means that he’s catching up on current events to be more like Anna and has more time for long discussions like Claude. Nevertheless, both peo ..read more
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How to ChatGPT-proof Analysis Assignments
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by Michael Feldstein
3M ago
Let’s assume we live in a world in which students are going to use ChatGPT or similar tools on their assignments. (Because we do.) Let’s also assume that when those students start their jobs, they will continue to use ChatGPT or similar tools to complete their jobs. (Because they will.) Is this the end of teaching as we know it? Is this the end of education as we know it? Will we have to accept that robots will think for everyone in the future? No. In this post, I’m going to show you one easy solution that solves the problem of assuming students will use generative AI by incorporating it into ..read more
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CBE Learning Platform Architecture White Paper
e-Literate - What We Are Learning About Online Learning
by Michael Feldstein
4M ago
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of consulting for the Education Design Lab (EDL) on their search for a Learning Management System (LMS) that would accommodate Competency-Based Education (CBE). While many platforms, especially in the corporate Learning and Development space, talked about skill tracking and pathways in their marketing, the EDL team found a bewildering array of options that looked good in theory but failed in practice. My job was to help them separate the signal from the noise. It turns out that only a few defining architectural features of an LMS will determine its fitness ..read more
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AI Learning Design Workshop: The Trickiness of AI Bootcamps and the Digital Divide
e-Literate - What We Are Learning About Online Learning
by Michael Feldstein
5M ago
As readers of this series know, I’ve developed a six-session design/build workshop series for learning design teams to create an AI Learning Design Assistant (ALDA). In my last post in this series, I provided an elaborate ChatGPT prompt that can be used as a rapid prototype that everyone can try out and experiment with.1 In this post, I’d like to focus on how to address the challenges of AI literacy effectively and equitably. We’re in a tricky moment with generative AI. In some ways, it’s as if writing has just been invented, but printing presses are already everywhere. The problem of mass dis ..read more
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AI Learning Design Workshop: See and Try the ALDA Rapid Prototype
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by Michael Feldstein
5M ago
As regular readers know, I recently announced a design/build workshop series for an AI Learning Design Assistant (ALDA). The idea is this: If we can reduce the time it takes to design a course by about 20%, the productivity and quality impacts for organizations that need to build enough courses to strain their budget and resources will gain “huge” benefits. We should be able to use generative AI to achieve that goal fairly easily without taking ethical risks and without needing to spend massive amounts of time or money. Beyond the immediate value of ALDA itself, learning the AI technique ..read more
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AI Learning Design Workshop: Solving for CBE
e-Literate - What We Are Learning About Online Learning
by Michael Feldstein
5M ago
I recently announced a design/build workshop series for an AI Learning Design Assistant (ALDA). The idea is simple: If we can reduce the time it takes to design a course by about 20%, the productivity and quality impacts for organizations that need to build enough courses to strain their budget and resources will gain “huge” benefits. We should be able to use generative AI to achieve that goal fairly easily without taking ethical risks and without needing to spend massive amounts of time or money. Beyond the immediate value of ALDA itself, learning the AI techniques we will use—which are more ..read more
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Announcing a Design/Build Workshop Series for an AI Learning Design Assistant (ALDA)
e-Literate - What We Are Learning About Online Learning
by Michael Feldstein
5M ago
Want to build an AI tool that will seriously impact your digital learning program? Right now? For a price that you may well have in your professional development budget? I’m launching a project to prove we can build a tool that will change the economics of learning design and curricular materials in months rather than years. Its total cost will be low enough to be paid for by workshop participation fees. Join me. The learning design bottleneck Many of my friends running digital course design teams tell me they cannot keep up with demand. Whether their teams are large or small, centralized or i ..read more
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Who Is Winning the Generative AI Race? Nobody (yet).
e-Literate - What We Are Learning About Online Learning
by Michael Feldstein
6M ago
This is a post for folks who want to learn how recent AI developments may affect them as people interested in EdTech who are not necessarily technologists. The tagline of e-Literate is “Present is Prologue.” I try to extrapolate from today’s developments only as far as the evidence takes me with confidence. Generative AI is the kind of topic that’s a good fit for e-Literate because the conversations about it are fragmented. The academic and technical literature is boiling over with developments on practically a daily basis but is hard for non-technical folks to sift through and follow. The gra ..read more
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