MONTICELLO, AR — The use of artificial intelligence for teaching in college classrooms was the subject of a national webinar conducted recently by Bryan Fendley, director of academic computing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Fendley's one-hour lecture was sponsored by the Western Cooperative for Educational Technologies, a division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and attended remotely by more than 250 educators from colleges and universities across the country.
Fendley's presentation, "The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence for Teaching and Learning," addressed the benefits and challenges higher education will encounter as advances in predictive technology become a common business practice.
"It sounds like science fiction," says Fendley, "but artificial intelligence is already transforming many industries and education is no different. We are a long way from robots teaching classes, but maybe not as far as people think."
Fendley joined the UAM professional staff in 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master of science degree in mental health counseling from Henderson State University.
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