USC Rossier Magazine: Fall/Winter 2023
Education in the Age of AI
Exploring artificial intelligence's impact on teaching and learning
Whenever a transformative technology emerges, it brings with it a mix of emotions: fear, hope, skepticism and excitement, to name a few. When ChatGPT was released in late 2022, the world was abuzz about its potential impact on every facet of the way we live, work, learn and educate. Just as many worried that the introduction of the pocket calculator would make math class irrelevant, many now fear that these new AI tools will render English class obsolete. But are these fears warranted? After all, math is still taught, even if students are now trained to use advanced calculators to solve difficult equations. And beyond these anxieties, what opportunities does AI present? How will teaching and learning evolve as the world inevitably embraces AI?
AI has the potential to be a force for good and efficiency—from helping teachers develop lesson plans to assisting school districts in rezoning projects. Yet, many of us don’t know how to use these new tools, and nearly 90% of educators reported to Education Week that they haven’t received any professional development on AI. On top of that, AI could exacerbate longstanding inequities in education—from who has access to it to how it will be used in college admissions.
Our faculty, alumni and students are already considering these big issues. This issue of USC Rossier Magazine explores our community’s research and engagement with a rapidly changing technology that just might reshape our world.
Considering the implications of AI for education
As generative artificial intelligence reshapes industries, the USC Rossier community is exploring the opportunities of AI in education while ensuring its ethical and equitable use.
USC Center for Generative AI and Society to chart the impact of AI on culture, education, media and society
Professor Stephen Aguilar is leading the center’s education research, exploring how students and teachers are already using AI tools—and how they can best use them in the future.
Balancing the potentials and pitfalls of AI in college admissions
Artificial intelligence promises efficiency gains for admissions offices and offers students innovative application tools, but will the new technology advance or hinder equity?
Yaw Osei Adutwum PhD ’09 returned to Ghana to transform the nation’s educational system
After working as a teacher and founding a charter school network in L.A., Adutwum was appointed Ghana’s minister for education and led the country’s effort to expand free secondary education for all.
Empowering ESOL students with AI
MAT-TESOL alum and Irvine Valley College professor Brent Warner is embracing artificial intelligence for its ability to help students take control of their own learning.