Nine out of 10 Gen Z high school graduates who are either pursuing or pursued a non-degree alternative, like credentials, report being satisfied with their decision, according to a survey from the American Student Assistance and Jobs for the Future.
The University of Utah's Responsible AI Initiative is helping build the anecdote to implicit bias found in the revolutionary tool. It takes more than complex algorithms; it takes people, says Manish Parashar, director of the initiative.
One recent initiative might be the most expansive as it attempts to put multiple sectors on the same page to ensure their trust and quality across K12, higher education and third-party providers. 1EdTech TrustEd aims to develop a framework of trustworthy, verifiable micro-credentials that operate across various networks with ease.
"Technology is now a science and a commodity you can buy and service anywhere. But integrating it and making it instantly available is an art, not a science," says Mike Mathews, vice president of innovation and technology at Oral Roberts University.
"People are 100% using AI right now for accreditation writing," says Glenn Phillips, former director of assessment at Howard University. "I know several folks who have ChatGPT open on their browser at all times. They're using it whether you want them to or not."
Despite shaky short-term forecasts, edtech is still poised for long-term growth, and AI is currently driving the buzz at edX, the popular online learning platform. Reports focused on decade-wide analysis rather than year-to-year changes reaffirm the viability of edtech: The market is expected to be near $1 trillion by the end of the decade.