Universities, AI and the shake-up of things to come

Institutions planning for the future would be wise to talk to one of their artificial intelligence researchers If you are working on campus this summer, you may well be cursing the noise and commotion caused by the construction of another new lecture theatre, on the old humanities faculty car park. These are obvious projects for UK universities to pursue in an environment of fierce competition over uncapped student numbers. Equally, there are serious potential pitfalls. One is the drain on reserves such projects entail – especially given the government’s expressed intention not to prop up institutions that lose out in the battle to attract bums to plush new seats. Then there is the flipped classroom: the idea that students will increasingly access recorded lectures online, with face-to-face academic contact being…

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