At the heart of the AI4T initiative is an important resource designed to empower teachers and trainers: the AI4T Massive Open Online Course, commonly known as a MOOC.
This MOOC has several goals, three in particular:
- first, to demystify and promote a deep understanding of AI;
- second, to facilitate hands-on experimentation and informed use of AI software tools for educational purposes;
- and third, to actively promote digital literacy in the educational community. This broader perspective also includes ethical considerations that go beyond purely technical or regulatory aspects of AI.
All resources of the AI4T MOOC are accessible in the five supported languages of the consortium. In addition to the MOOC, a methodology for translation into other target languages is proposed. Below are the countries that participated in the project and some insights on the implementation of the training (on how many teachers, schools participated in the project).
The project’s goal of providing a coherent set of resources on AI resources in educational provision has been achieved and the MOOC content is ready to be used!
From November 2022 to March 2023, a total of 256 French educators representing 120 schools wholeheartedly participated in the AI4T CPD (Continuous Professional Development). The CPD was based on a MOOC on the French Fun Campus platform and complemented by webinars and face-to-face sessions. A link to the textbook was provided as a complementary resource. AI tools, such as Kwyk in Mathematics, were offered to participants to connect to the discovery of AI in education through the use of adaptive learning tools.
Italy witnessed a remarkable educational transformation as 438 teachers from 91 schools embarked on their AI4T expedition. From February 2023 to May 2023, this training activity was conducted on the Italian platform MOODLE CNR-ITD. Participants benefited from a variety of educational resources, including face-to-face meetings, engaging webinars and the AI4T textbook, which equipped them with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate the world of AI.
Across Ireland, 21 dedicated teachers, each representing a specific school, participated in the AI4T professional development journey from January 2023 to March 2023. Central to this experience was the integration of the AI4T MOOC into the Irish platform MOODLE, PDST Technology in Education. This holistic approach combined online courses with valuable face-to-face sessions and webinars and fostered a deep understanding of AI among educators.
In Luxembourg, 21 enthusiastic teachers from 14 schools embarked on the AI4T adventure. From January 2023 to March 2023, this professional development took place on a dedicated platform MOODLE. The journey was enriched by insightful face-to-face sessions, informative webinars and the essential AI4T textbook, which provides educators with a comprehensive toolkit to navigate the intricacies of AI.
Slovenia trained an impressive group of 269 teachers, representing 76 schools that had started their training in AI. The training took place between January and June 2023 and included a robust AI4T MOOC delivered on the Slovenian education platform MOODLE – ARNES učilnice. This comprehensive training combined online coursework with face-to-face sessions and insightful webinars, equipping educators with basic AI knowledge and skills.
These stories from France, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg and Slovenia underscore the reach and impact of the AI4T initiative and foster a community of educators ready to harness the potential of AI in education.
This Monday, 2 October, we invite all educators, school leaders, education stakeholders and policy makers, as well as other interested parties, to view, try and do the training themselves: As of today, the AI4T MOOC are accessible to everyone.