Artificial intelligence can help human teachers create new possibilities for learners, says U of A educational psychology expert.

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2018

While automation is playing an increasingly prominent role in our economy, human teachers have little to fear about being replaced by robots, according to an educational psychology expert at the University of Alberta.

“The question I most often get as an applied AI (artificial intelligence) researcher in educational contexts is ‘Are you planning on replacing teachers?’” said Jason Harley, director of a U of A lab focused on computer-human interaction. “That’s problematic. We should be asking, ‘What can artificial intelligence do to improve learning, to open up possibilities for teachers, to let them do new things even in crowded classrooms and in situations where there continue to be economic challenges?’

“Replacing teachers is not part of the research agenda.”

Though Harley confessed to his own fascination with dystopian depi...

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August
2018

Recent discovery of rabid bat in Jasper no reason for people to worry

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With the recent discovery of a rabid bat in Jasper National Park, it’s natural to wonder, 'Do I
13
August
2018

New target found for treating thoracic aortic aneurysm

U of A researchers identify a way to possibly prevent ruptures in the body’s main pipeline for pumping blood.

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13
August
2018

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A whistle blows and young men in brightly coloured jerseys race towards a soccer ball on a grassy
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August
2018

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