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How to accelerate and deepen your process using AI
Last year, I launched the AI-Powered Learning Science Bootcamp: a hands-on, three week virtual bootcamp, where I work closely with a small cohort of educators to learn about the science of learning and how to leverage the power of AI to apply it to the process of designing and building courses.
To celebrate my tenth cohort, which kicks off next week, here’s a sneak peak at what we get up to on this three week adventure, including some tips on how you can start to use AI to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your learning design and course creation process.
TL;DR A lot of educators are experimenting with ChatGPT to write learning objectives, create case studies and other great things. But ChatGPT & content creation is just the tip of the AI iceberg.
Let’s go! 🚀
Connection matters. The bootcamp kicks off with some mingling in our dedicated community, where we hang out, explore some opening questions and meet for a live social before we knuckle down for our first project.
Among other things, we share our course ideas and, of course, our top tracks to design to. Ten cohorts in, and the DOMS™️ Playlist is pretty epic: check it out 👇
Week 1, Project 1: Discovery
In week 1, we each start the design of a real course with an introduction to the science of discovery, specifically an exclusive podcast episode and a curated summary of the top 10 pieces of research on this topic.
We also get out first taste of AI by exploring how it can accelerate and deepen the Discovery / analysis part of the learning design process. Specifically we work together async in the community to:
Try out AI tools for rapid survey generation, data capture and data analysis.
Use tools like ChatGPT, Claude, & Bing to try out evidence-based mega prompts for Discovery, written by yours truly.
The result? Everyone generates an evidence-based learner profile, which they share in the community, explore with me at the live class at the end of the week and use as the basis of project 2.
Week 2, Project 2: Objectives & Mapping
In week 2, we each turn our learner data into a set of killer learning objectives. First, we dive into the top 10 pieces of research in this space before getting hands-on and applying it by writing and sequencing our outcomes (of course, with a little help from AI).
Along the way we:
Use AI tools to rapidly develop/update our domain expertise.
Use tools like ChatGPT, Claude, Bard & Bing to try out evidence-based mega prompts for outcomes writing & sequencing, written by yours truly.
Use AI tools to generate course maps from text in seconds.
The result? Everyone generates a course map, which they share in the community and at the live class at the end of the week. You guessed it: this then forms the basis of the final project and final part of the process - storyboarding.
Week 3, Project 3: Storyboarding
In the final week, we each turn our course maps into detailed and “share ready” course storyboards. As ever, we start with my exclusive podcast episode which dives into the top 10 pieces of research in this space, before getting hands-on and applying it immediately by generating our storyboards.
Along the way we:
Use tools like ChatGPT, Claude, Bard & Bing to try out evidence-based mega prompts for storyboarding, written by yours truly.
Use AI tools to generate course storyboards from text in seconds.
Use a range of tried and tested AI tools for rapid course prototyping, scripting, image generation, audio generation and video creation.
The result? Everyone generates a final course storyboard (and in some cases a prototypes module), which they share in the community. At the live class we share and celebrate our completed designs and reflect on how our design journeys have changed.
Here’s the process in full:
Want to get hands on and apply AI in your learning design process, supported by me? Apply for a place on an upcoming cohort of the bootcamp here. You can also check out some feedback from the Class of August 2023, below.
Feedback from the Class of August 2023
“10/10. This course absolutely has changed the way I view AI and it has now become my partner in learning development. Dr. Phil Hardman, thank you for such a positive learning experience that will save me not only hours, but days of work.”
” I am blown away. Learning how AI can summarize and reorganize large datasets from requirements and surveys was an eye opener. This alone will save me hours and even days of work. A sincere thank you. I so appreciate you, Phil.”
”The Learning Science Bootcamp is one of the most useful professional development experiences I've ever had (and I am a director of professional development!). Given the way AI can impact the design of learning experiences, Phillipa Hardman's bootcamp is one of the most valuable professional growth opportunities imaginable for people working in education and workplace learning.”
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