Given the exponential growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in all aspects of life, the AI4AL project seeks to upskill Adult Learning and Education (ALE) trainers, so that they can confidently apply AI-powered tools to enhance their training. AI-based solutions can transform adult learning by leading to improved skills assessment procedures for adult learners, and by personalising learning pathways tailored to the needs of each learner.
While the potential of applying AI in ALE among other educational sectors is undeniable, it remains both challenging and untapped. Adult educators need to be equipped with new sets of skills to be able to apply AI in their educational settings, as well as feel confident and secure about this technology. In this context, the AI4AL project aims to facilitate the mindful adoption of AI technologies in ALE. Co-founded by the European Commission and running from 2022 to 2024, this project is the result of a partnership between different European organisations: EAEA, ALL DIGITAL, SKILLLAB BV, EGInA, ProArbeit, CPIP and SVEB (associate partner).
Through understanding, exploring and experimenting with AI, educators can identify the impact and opportunities it has on their work, such as innovations in learning pathways and teaching practices. If teachers, trainers and educators are well-prepared, trained, and literate on the topic of AI, they can best harness the benefits this technology offers, while also teaching AI literacy to others. Ultimately, educators with AI literacy skills will be prepared to address upcoming AI challenges with confidence. Among its many benefits for adult education, AI-based solutions can support skills assessment, provide tailored resources for each adult learner and increase accessibility by removing barriers to access, as well as help adult educators save time by automating repetitive work and standardising results. Ultimately, educators can keep their teaching skills up to date thanks to the new resources and training opportunities that AI technologies have to offer. In essence, the involvement of educators in the development and use of AI-based solutions for adult learning is fundamental for the wide and effective use of AI in adult education.
To facilitate this mindful adoption process, the AI4AL project will:
- Develop a matching tool “AI4AL” that will use AI technologies to link the assessment of basic digital skills to micro-credentials, in order to facilitate the construction of highly personalised training offers;
- Work on an Engagement Kit for the direct involvement of educators in the process of adopting AI-based technologies in the ALE sector – both formal and non-formal -;
- Train adult educators on the use of AI4AL and the application of AI technologies in this sector through a self-paced learning path.