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AAPBS President's Message_Dec 2019
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Dear AAPBS Members,

The APU School of Management that I work for implemented an AI system for the language education of the students. As business schools begin to apply AI to various operations, they will likely find that there are still a number of challenges to be resolved. Perhaps the most crucial point to address is the way in which educational institutions can best prepare students for the new technology-based world and the many disruptive technologies that will change the way people work.It is essential that students understand that over time, more repetitive and routine tasks will be automated and performed by artificial intelligence, automation, and robots. However, there will always be roles requiring creative skills, cognitive skills, and emotional intelligence skills. Right now, many schools around the world are failing to teach students about the kinds of skills that will and will not be needed in their future careers.


As artificial intelligence is applied to education, the best results will come from combining the strengths of AI and human abilities. There will never be a time when humans aren’t necessary for the tasks related to education. For example, teachers will always play a crucial role in our society, as we must never underestimate the value of human interaction and critical thinking in the field of education.Even though algorithms can be helpful in guiding decisions, not all educational activities should be run by robots and algorithms. The assistance provided by AI algorithms should instead be leveraged to support the creation of optimal learning environments. For example, AI-based learning systems would be excellent tools for teaching rule-based subjects like foreign languages and math. AI systems could significantly enhance the learning process by providing greater precision and more accurate feedback, and would also allow students to take the time to repeat study exercises as many times as necessary. However, a teacher would still be needed to help explain whatever students don’t understand, like the nuances and exceptions to rules of languages, or how to apply mathematical formulas to solve problems. The professor’s role would be to guide, support, and mentor students, helping them to understand what they’ve learned, why it’s important, and how it can be applied in the real world.


A final major challenge in the implementation of AI technologies is the oversight of data usage. There are difficult and important decisions that will need to be made on every level of society about data ownership, as well as the best ways to use data transparently and ethically.

Although AI offers many exciting developments, especially for improving education around the world, we are still in the early stages of its use. More experimentation and research is necessary for AI tools to be successfully implemented throughout higher education institutions.


Personally, I’d encourage more business school leaders and administrators to become proactive in initiating pilot programs to test the use of AI in various ways, while critically considering the results and the ethical obligations that must be met along the way. Also, students should learn about how algorithms use data to make decisions, and their input into the design and development of AI systems should be invited and encouraged. Above all, students should remain informed about the ways in which their data is being used.


The discussion of whether we should implement AI for education has been over. It is high time to share our ideas about how to utilize it.


Sincerely yours, 


AAPBS Secretariat NEWS DEC 2019


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