There are two programs in this category of SmartEducators:
1: The future ready SmartEducator
2: The AI-fluent SmartEducator:
The first is an introductory program comprising the following weeklong courses:
WLL09: Becoming an Independent Educator ( offered during first week of every month)
WLL10: WhatsApp for Educators ( offered during 2nd week of every month)
WLLL11: Artificial Intelligence based Teaching-Learning ( offered during 3rd week of every month)
WLL12: Educational Leadership in the age of Artificial Intelligence ( offered during 4th week of every month)
WLL09: Becoming an Independent Educator:
Monday Day 1: Why is it now a good time to be an independent educator ?
1.1: Why become an independent educator?
1.2: A dismal future for traditional educational Institutions
1.3: The Covid Pandemic has given a glimpse of the future
1.4: The top 5 Celebrity Educators
1.5: Other celebrity educators
Tuesday Day 2: Attributes for success as an independent educator:
2.1: The 7 habits of successful people: Stephen Covey
2.2: The 7 qualities of unsuccessful people
2.3: Malcolm Gladwell’s rules for success
2.4: Organising yourself: avoiding procrastination and time management
2.5: Resources : Books, weblinks, Apps and MOOCs
Wednesday Day 3: Digital skills needed in today’s educator
3.1: Having an effective digital presence
3.2: Presentation tools
3.3: Familiarity with tools for content management
3.3: Competency in curation tools
3.4: Fluency in communication tools
3.5: Creating a superior digital learning experience
Thursday Day 4: Pedagogical knowledge and people skills for being a successful educator
4.1: New and emerging innovative pedagogies : from pedagogy, andragogy to heutagogy ( managing learning for the self-directed learner)
4.2: Flipped and mastery learning
4.3: Ubiquitous and serendipitous learning
4.4: Personalising the learning experience
4.5: Leveraging Social Media
Friday Day 5: Business matters:
5.1: Opportunities as an Independent Educator: Blue Ocean and Disruptive approaches
5.2: Brand and Image Management: Conversational Capital: why should people talk about you ?
5.3: Financial Matters :How to set up your fees?
5.4: Forms of Business : The One Person Company
5.5: The next steps
2: The AI fluent SmartEducator:
This one year program is designed for those educators at School, College or University who want to seriously learn AI and be able to play the transformational role in education in the age of Intelligent machines.
Recent research in neuroscience and psychology suggests that the feeling of uncertainty, fear of rejection or a diminished status all activate the same region in the brain that physical pain does ( https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2015/12/25/rejection-and-physical-pain-are-the-same-to-your-brain/#6431253f4f87 ). Teachers at School, College, University or Professional institutions will all be suffering this pain as they realise their lack of familiarity with AI, the driver of both the 4th Industrial revolution and the 4th education revolution.
The best pro-active response to this situation is to become an AI-fluent SmartEducator, well versed with the triple helix of AI-readiness:
- Concepts ( theory)
- The tools
- The applications ( educational)
A year long program structured as 4 terms of 3 months each.
At the end of each term, the learner will earn a completion certificate of having become a level 1 to level 4 of an AI-ready educator.
Level 1: AI-familiar educator
Level 2: AI-competent educator
Level 3: AI-proficient educator
Level 4: AI-fluent SmartEducator
Program begins from January 2020:
Details of each term ( of 3 months): this term is personal to the learner. New students can join at the beginning of any month that is convenient to them.
By the end of this term, the learner will have an appreciation of the landscape of AI ( and allied technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, 5G and Dapps) and education and be able to distinguish hype from hope. During this period, there will be 3 WhatsApp courses of one month ( 4 weeks Monday to Friday) on the following themes :
AIFSE01: The Landscape of AI and education
AIFSE02: Technologies of the 4th Industrial Age and education
AIFSE03: LHTL( Learning How toLearn)
The first module surveys the transformation that AI will bring about to education at all levels, elementary, secondary, tertiary and lifelong learning. This module will also cover the teaching of AI to school students and the why an how to make parents aware about the impact of AI in their children’s life ?
The second module is about developing a sound mindset about AI, not being carried away by the prophets of doom or the promise of Utopia.
The third module of this term is based on our axiom that a teacher is a learner first, and must continually update oneself and take an interest in and pursue lifelong learning.
During the first term, no extra equipment is needed for hands on experience. Mobile Apps on phone and occasional playing around with Alexa will do. Only AI empowered consumer products will be used.
Award at the end of first term : “ The AI-familiar educator”
During this term, the participants will get into details of the most important methods of AI, that will make them confident about being able to play a meaningful role in the field. In particular they will be able to make their own chatbots. The 3 WhatsApp courses during this term will be :
AIFSE04: Data and Learning Algorithms for Educators
AIFSE05: Deep Learning for Educators
AIFSE06: Chatbots for Educators
During this term, learners will need a PC with specified configuration, Internet connectivity and creating accounts on sites like IBM Watson..
Award at the end of second term : “ The AI-competent educator”
This is the transformational term. The first month builds an appreciation of the key mathematics such as linear algebra, multivariate calculus, probability, Bayesian models and optimisation. The next month is to build the ability to make practical applications using the IBM cloud services for a wide range of applications. The third month is on understanding the working of driverless cars, and using those principles to develop more autonomous learners.
AIFSE07: Mathematics for Machine Learning
AIFSE08: The IBM Watson and other cloud services
AIFSE09: Driverless cars and autonomous learning
During term 3 they will be advised to have their own Personal AI Kit ( PAIK) to be in the league of AI-fluent SmartEducators. In the 1970s engineers and Scientists would carry a personal slide-rule which over time was replaced by a calculator and now to an AI powered mobile phone. Today’s SmartEducator has to be adept in handling of devices like the Raspberry Pi which is both a computer and a ……….
Award at the end of third term : “ The AI-proficient educator”
Fourth term :
By the end of this term, not only will the learner become fluent in AI for educational purposes, but is well positioned for a future of affluence, being ready for ‘deep teaching’, the sexiest job of the future (
AIFSE10: AI powered personalisation of content and assessment
AIFSE11: Learning to learn AI/ML
AIFSE12: Flourishing and thriving as an educator in the Gig economy
During this term the learners will explore projects that demonstrate use of AI in real world science education specially for maths, biology and data analysis.
Award at the end of fourth term : “ The AI-fluent SmartEducator”
Certification: Upon the end of each module, there would be an assessment upon successful completion of which the learner would get a certificate of achieving Level 1 to Level 4 of an AI-fluent SmartEducator
To know more, contact Prof. MM Pant by sending him a WhatsApp message at : +919810073724