Schools, scientists and companies work on intelligent technology in education in National Education Lab AI

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Schools, scientists and companies work on intelligent technology in education in National Education Lab AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to play an increasing role in the Dutch economy and society, including in education. That is why the National Education AI Lab (NOLAI), funded by the National Growth Fund, opened its doors on Thursday, Oct. 6. The place where schools, scientists and business work closely together on digital education innovations with AI.

Good digital learning and tools and ICT are an important prerequisite for increasing the quality of education. However, national investments in AI and digital innovation still lag behind internationally in this regard. Until now, there was no clear place for research on the use of ai in primary and secondary education. The National Education AI Lab (NOLAI), based at Radboud University, will therefore develop intelligent digital education innovations in co-creation aimed at improving the quality of primary and secondary education. NOLAI will also investigate the pedagogical, societal, ethical and social consequences of intelligent digital education innovations. The allocated public funding to NOLAI of 80 million euros by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate through the National Growth Fund is for a period of ten years.

In its infancy

Inge Molenaar, scientific director NOLAI and researcher Orthopedagogy: Learning and Development at Radboud University: 'The use of intelligent technologies in the classroom has increased significantly in recent years. Yet the responsible deployment of artificial intelligence in education in the Netherlands is still in its infancy. A focused and thoughtful deployment of intelligent technology offers opportunities to increase the quality and speed of innovation in education.'

Astrid Boeijen, CEO Brightlands Smart Services Campus: 'The Brightlands Smart Services Campus has joined NOLAI as a strategic partner. We are excited to leverage the campus ecosystem for digital education innovations. In which we are happy to use our expertise in innovating in an AI environment and bringing these developments to the industry to improve education.' NOLAI's approach, with its focus on the ethical aspects of deploying AI in education, dovetails perfectly with our campus' focus on human-centered AI. That means we are happy to contribute our know-how on the ethical, legal and social aspects of AI to NOLAI's projects.

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