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Arizona State University: ASU, a partner to advance online education for adult learners

August 4, 2021

Arizona State University will partner with a new National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Research Institute focused on adult learning in online education.

NSF has announced an investment of $ 20 million to create the AI ​​Institute for Adult Learning in Online Education (ALOE) in which ASU will participate. Led by the Georgia Research Alliance, the institute will be a collaborative effort to transform adult learning in STEM fields through the use of artificial intelligence.

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EdPlus at ASU has been at the forefront of education technology. Focused on the design and scalable implementation of digital teaching and learning models, ASU is uniquely positioned to share critical research and provide insight into digital education developments.

The EdPlus Action Lab, through the study of the impact and effectiveness of ASU’s educational offerings, contributes to improving digital education, and Action Lab researcher Elle Yuan Wang will be a contributor invaluable to the ALOE Institute.

Wang will serve as a senior executive and lead research projects on assessments of social and emotional learning in AI-based online learning environments.

“By joining an interdisciplinary team of world-class AI and adult learning experts, I am particularly excited about the opportunities to develop AI agents to support productive human-to-human social interactions in online learning environments at large scale, ”she said.

Since joining EdPlus at ASU, Wang has led several action-oriented research projects to address the complex challenges faced by today’s adult learners in pursuit of a degree and has helped to design corresponding interventions and support to improve learner achievement.

Online learning has enabled adult learners to improve their skills, keeping pace with an ever-changing work environment. For others, it is a form of education that has enabled them to change careers. To meet the changing demands of the workforce, developing and retaining skilled workers will require improved online education and workforce training for adults.

To meet this challenge, researchers will focus on creating new AI techniques and developing new models of lifelong learning and assess their effectiveness. To this end, ALOE aims to improve the quality of online education and lifelong learning and to ensure that online learning is scalable, accessible, affordable and designed for student success.

“The ALOE Institute will iteratively develop and evaluate new AI techniques to make online education for adult learning in STEM disciplines more effective and efficient, making it comparable to residential learning. traditional in STEM, ”Wang said. “We will engage adult online learning on a large scale, reaching millions of adult learners in this five-year project.”

During her time at ASU, she proposed an innovative framework that integrates three non-academic dimensions – social and emotional attributes, career obligations, as well as family responsibilities. These dimensions are used to analyze the diversity of potential graduates (students) so that personalized and effective support can be designed and offered to students, especially those who are becoming the new majority, the non-traditional students.

With his post-secondary digital education research background, Wang will lead research at the ALOE Institute with in-depth knowledge of digital education, adult learning, and increasing student achievement outcomes.

The ALOE Institute will be headquartered at the Georgia Institute of Technology and its partners include Boeing, Drexel University, Georgia State University, Harvard University, IBM, IMS Global, Technical College System of Georgia, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wiley.

The ALOE Institute is part of a $ 220 million investment in 11 new NSF Institutes, spanning seven areas of AI research: human-AI interaction and collaboration; AI for advancements in optimization; AI and advanced cyber infrastructure; AI in computer systems and networks; AI in dynamic systems, AI enhanced learning; and AI-driven innovation in agriculture and the food system.

Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance, and Drama welcomes music engineer and international producer Jorge Costa Palazuelos as an assistant professor of studio and recording engineering in the popular music program.

“We are delighted to have attracted Jorge Costa, mixing and recording engineer, producer and educator with over 20 years of experience in the music industry, to ASU’s popular music program,” said said Heather Landes, director of the School of Music, Dance and Theater at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “Costa’s background in curriculum development, his work with industry professionals in a myriad of musical genres, and his passion for teaching are a great addition to our popular music faculty.”

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Born in Mexico, raised in Chile and now an American citizen, Costa said he understood that music and collaboration know no borders, which has led him to work with artists, composers and creators from the United States, from Latin America, Europe and Africa.

“ASU has a solid reputation for innovation as well as a deep commitment to diversity, and they give us the perfect tools to grow with new facilities and recording studios,” said Costa. “Music is not isolated but is part of society, so I know we will find ways to collaborate within the entire ASU community. I couldn’t think of a better environment to teach music production and sound engineering, and for students to learn. “

Costa said he was excited about the endless possibilities at ASU.

“The popular music program at ASU School of Music, Dance and Drama is new and full of energy,” said Costa. “I am delighted to collaborate with an incredibly talented and prepared group of colleagues and help shape the Engineer / Producer specialization.”

Costa said after graduating from college he always knew he would teach. When offered the chance to teach at Rec Música College in Mexico City, Costa said he immediately fell in love with the process and knew there was no turning back. But he also wanted to have enough real world experience to have something valuable to share with his students.

Highlights of Costa’s career include producing or producing vocals with artists like Carl Verheyen, Engelbert Humperdinck, and East of Eli; engineering work with Korn, Melissa Etheridge, Wiz Khalifa and Dr. Dre; mixing of albums with the participation of Bill Evans, Jerry Goodman, Stu Ham, Simon Phillips and Greg Bissonette; and recording / mixing sheet music for composers like Richard Gibbs, Alex Wurman and Vidjay Beerepoot.

“With technology changing faster and faster, education must follow suit,” said Costa. “Being active in the industry allows me to listen, observe trends and understand the needs of the market. I bring this experience to the classroom so that we can guide our students into the professional world of today and, more importantly, give them the right tools to become positive leaders in the music industry of tomorrow. ”


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