Free online AI training for teachers

Friday, 04 December, 2020

Free online AI training for teachers

Macquarie University has partnered with IBM and developed a free online course covering Artificial Intelligence (AI), suitable for teachers of K-12.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Education for Teachers professional learning course has been designed for primary and secondary educators, to bridge the gap between commonly held beliefs about what artificial intelligence is and how it can be embedded into all areas of the curriculum.

“In our tech-driven society, teaching digital fundamentals like AI early on can help position students for future success,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera.

“We’re excited to partner with leading institutions like Macquarie University and IBM to help educators incorporate AI into their classroom discussions.”

Macquarie University School of Education course instructors Dr Anne Forbes and Dr Markus Powling developed the course in partnership with IBM.

“We are incredibly proud to have created this course, which will provide teachers with the resources and mindset needed to navigate the future of AI education,” said Dr Forbes.

“Through our partnership with IBM we were able to bring together experts in education and leaders in innovation, to collaboratively create a course that will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to understand AI and its implications for society now and in the future.”

The course is aligned to the IBM AI Curriculum Framework, also co-developed with Macquarie University, which details the knowledge, skills and values needed to understand and work with AI to solve problems. Though structured over four weeks at four hours per week, the flexible course allow learners to adapt and study faster or slower as fits within their schedules.

Providing theory and applied examples of the components that make up AI, teachers can work their way through the entire course or focus on key areas as desired. There is knowledge and skills transferability across multiple disciplines and learning areas from early childhood to primary, secondary and post-secondary.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Education for Teachers is available on Coursera via Open P-TECH.and is open now for enrolments. Enrolment is free.

Image: Bettina Cutler (IBM), Dr Iain Hay (Academy Academic Director) and Dr Anne Forbes (course instructor).

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