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Educators: 3 Ways to Prepare for Artificial Intelligence in Education

As an educator, you have already witnessed the effects of AI in the classroom; Siri blazing, our students can pose questions to their friendly virtual assistant and it will pluck curated answers from the trillions of pages on the internet. As an Advertising Professor at MIU (Miami International University of Art & Design), I have been closely watching this shift in our students approach to learning, and have found two articles that give us a tiny window into what’s coming.

Education will be personalized.

According to the 2016 report “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” by Stanford University’s 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, AI’s will use data to design teaching moments. Through the use of learning analytics, AI will be able to create learning strategies that adapt to the students needs. Intelligent Tutors (AI learning platforms) will be able to pinpoint where a student is stuck, and create lessons on the fly to help them master the material before allowing them to continue through course.


Not only will learning become more personal, but teaching will become more personal. Verge interviewed Bill Gates about AI and education, and he explained how the human factor will still play a major role in the classroom. AI’s will take over the “easy-to-automate” tasks, like developing homework assignments and grading, allowing teachers to focus on helping students understand the material one-on-one.

Artificial Intelligence is a “When” not an “If”

AI is still in the early stages, but it’s coming to our classrooms sooner than we think. As educators, we need to prepare ourselves for this new world. To be ready, do the following three things:

  • Adopt new tech – Don’t put it off. The more you integrate tech into your teaching the easier it will be to transition to AI enabled tools in the future.
  • Learn to coach – Learning will be available inexpensively, everywhere. The role of the teacher is moving from lecturer to coach – we’ll need to guide them and mentor them through their education.
  • Love your data – Learning analytics will play a large role of you assessment. Become familiar with these measurements and how to use them to make better decisions about a student’s education.

Artificial intelligence opens many opportunities for us as educators. Through the use of these learning agents we can be more strategic in our roles as teachers and deliver an education that is personal, effective and fun.



My name is Rene Alvarez; creative, educator and futurist. In addition to our ongoing experiment with education at MODO, I am also the digital strategist at Project Web It and project manager at Impact Politics. Connect with me on Twitter: @renealvarez

MODO presents in Cuba

MODO School of Design has been invited to participate in the 1st International Design Biennial of Havana. The theme is “Design and Prosperity.” It’s purpose is to promote the importance of design for personal and social growth – and recognize the contributions of design and its strategic involvement in the industrial, economic, social and cultural development of society.

Organized by Cuba’s National Bureau of Design, it will be an amazing week of practitioner presentations across many disciplines, including graphic design, interior design, education, industrial design, and much more. Also – the XVI Congress of the Latin American Design Association is gathering that same week as part of the conference.

Needless to say, we feel honored and extremely lucky to be part of it. As educators, this opportunity to share what MODO is doing with academics and design students is incredible. As designers we plan to learn so much from the conference and look forward to bringing it back to our peers and students in Miami. This is a conversation that, we hope, will be the beginning of regular, collaborative discourse between Miami and the island we love so much.

There will be more news to come. In the meantime, email us if you have any questions about the event. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

The Big Start! MODO Moves Forward.

The team and I have been thinking about this for a long time. Education that adapts with the industry and the community – not a cookie-cutter system that over-generalizes (though generalizing, in general, can be a good thing).

We will start with the foundation. Our focus? Designing a method of learning that is actionable and human-centered. It will enable you to jump into the latest practices of your industry and allow you to acquire skills as needed. In a world where technology is tweaking job descriptions daily – your critical thinking skills and ability to learn are more valuable than ever.

MODO starts experimenting with a series of social media strategy workshops. If you can harness the power of people, then making an impact on your career or business happens. Attend one, or attend all twelve workshops happening now through June. The schedule will be up this weekend.

I hope to see you around our campus at MADE. Spend some time with us.