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How AI Will Change Learning Experience Design
Spoiler: it's more about pedagogy than content & tech
Like most other humans on the planet, I’ve been playing with ChatGPT this week. Here are two initial thoughts on how AI will impact the way we design learning experiences.
Spoiler: it’s more about pedagogy than content & tech.
🤖 Prediction 1: The Death of the Essay + Exam
One thing I learned very quickly is that ChatGPT can write a very solid university-level essay in ~15 seconds.
Simply enter the question, and there you go. If you're not happy with the tone or focus, you can simply ask it to sound smarter or focus in on a particular theme or whatever else you want, with pretty great results.
In the post-ChatGPT world, things like essay-writing as a measure of learner understanding is already deeply problematic.
Inevitably, counter-tech is being built to detect AI-generated content, but this cat and mouse game between instructors and learners can only last so long.
🤖 Prediction 2: The Rise of Critique & Creation
In a world where AI has all the answers, I predict that there will be a new focus on what's usually referred to as Higher-Order learning experiences.
In practice, this means that instead of the learning experience being about the recall & restating of given facts, it becomes an exercise in critiquing information and creating new understanding.
Example: instead of recalling information in an exam / quiz, or restating it in an essay, we instead review information and infer meaning from it, connect concepts to one another, put information together in new or novel ways and use information to find new, and original ideas and solutions to unsolved problems.
In short, the forces of AI tech like ChatGPT are rapidly pushing us towards a world of "higher order" learning experience design which - unlike content + quiz approaches - are capable of transforming how we think and behave.
From a learning science perspective, this post-AI approach to teaching & learning delivers a number of really potent learning strategies which are proven to impact student understanding & achievement (think: active learning, metacognition, variable retrieval etc etc). Pretty exciting stuff.
In the world of learning experience design, the impact of AI technology will be as much as what AI *can't* do, as it is about what it can do.
What do you think the impact of AI will be on how we design learning experiences? I’d love to hear from you!
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