Institute for Research in Open
and Innovative Education

Open Education
Open education refers to a broad network of endeavors to provide open access to educational engagement and experience (Van Mourik Broekman, Hall, Byfield, Hides & Worthington, 2014).
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Open education and the future (2010)
In this TED talk, Dr David Wiley discussed what open education means and the role of openness in education. He proposed that openness is the only means of doing education in future.

van Mourik Broekman, P., Hall, G., Byfield, T., Hides, S., & Worthington, S. (2014). Open education: A study in disruption. London: Rowman & Littlefield International. Retrieved from:

AI in Education

AI technologies have been revolutionizing educational practices, which have become more personalised, accessible and efficient (Cruz-Benito, J, 2022). AI has been applied in education in various areas, for example, fostering personalisation in learning in terms of learning content, pace, experience, etc., assisting in administrative tasks such as planning lessons, making progress report of students, and grading assignments, visualising information such as lesson attendance, learning progress and assessment results for better learning experiences, and facilitating the provision of 24/7 educational assistance to students such as one-on-one feedback on students' learning tasks and instant question-and-answering to students' inquiries (Papadopoulos et al., 2020).

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Artificial Intelligence in Education Panel (2023)

With recent advancements in technology, AI tools can generate surprisingly high-quality and natural-sounding text and visuals. It has aroused much attention and AI is poised to transform a large number of industries and disciplines, including higher education. The use of ChatGPT and other AI tools in higher education has the potential to significantly impact both practices as well as policies on teaching and learning, which include those related to academic integrity and assessment.

This video features an informal panel discussion by staff from the Northern Illinois University (NIU) with diverse perspectives on the issue, including discussion over the risk and opportunity to the way educators teach, the skills that students will need upon graduation, and how educators can assess learners’ progress towards outcomes desired by employers in this new era of AI.


Cruz-Benito, J. (Ed.) (2022). AI in Education. Switzerland: MDPI – Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

Papadopoulos, I., Lazzarino, R., Miah, S.,Weaver, T., Thomas, B, Koulouglioti, C. (2020). A systematic review of the literature regarding socially assistive robots in pre-tertiary education. Computers & Education, 155, 103924.