Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED)

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers a number of topical areas that combine the use of Artificial Intelligence, engaging teaching technologies, and education pedagogy. Some of these areas include:

- learning analytics,
- learner profiling,
- knowledge representation and reasoning,
- semantic web technologies,
- pedagogic-agents,
- tangible interfaces,
- wearables,
- virtual/augmented reality,
- ontological modeling,
- intelligent tutoring systems,
- educational games,
- social networks,
- crowdsourcing,
- ubiquitous learning environments, and
- ambient intelligence.

Study-Unit Aims:

The main aim of this study-unit is to introduce and investigate the use of AI in Education bringing together several AI topics, technology-enhanced education, and engaging / innovative technologies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Define through practical and real scenarios the use of AI within educational setting;
- Recognize the benefits of employing technology-enhanced methodologies to plan and design pedagogical sound experiences;
- Identify different web technologies (Web 2.0) that can be assist educators during a learning process;
- Discuss and justify the use of modern engaging technologies like social media, virtual reality and games with a classroom to assist and facilitate the educators' task;
- Outline and distinguish the different technologies employed within a technology-enhanced education process to show the benefits extracted.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply Artificially Intelligent techniques to generate learner profiles during an educational process;
- Examine and interpret learning analytics collected and apply them to other academic situations;
- Represent different learner knowledge and reasoning employing established AI technique to other similar situations within a school context;
- Employ software development skills to design and build a prototype artefact that employs AI in education;
- Recommend the use of specific technology-enhanced techniques within a particular academic situation;
- Interpret and evaluate related artificial intelligence in education literature to present and defend personal opinions and interpretations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Montebello, M. (2018) AI Injected e-Learning: The Future of Online Education, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-67928-0.

Luckin, R., & Holmes, W. (2016). Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI in Education. Pearson, Open Ideas Series.
(available online at:

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Ind Study, Lecture, Project and Online Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 No 20%
Reflective Diary SEM1 Yes 30%
Project SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Matthew Montebello

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