Title

Artificial intelligence in higher education

Date of Award

11-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Nicholas Wachira

Second Supervisor/Advisor

Ms. Mary Anyango Oluga

Department

AKU-East Africa

Abstract

This study adopted an action research methodology to explore how Artificial Intelligence enhances learning in higher education. AI is the technology that makes the ICT devices to solve cognitive tasks as a human would have done by using realtime data. Such a giant leap in digital technologies has changed the way people learn. In the study, baseline data showed there is a potential of using Artificial Intelligence in teaching and learning, henceforth, an intervention with Artificial Intelligence tool Grammarly was introduced in the class. During the intervention in this study, Grammarly was used in the teaching and learning and later students were subjected to a post-test to test their skills by comparing with pre-test results. In the findings, Artificial Intelligence has proved to enhance the learning of students, by improving students writing skills in grammar, spelling and coherence. Further, AI transformed learning to be student-centred and personalized to the individual learner and provide immediate feedback. In addition, the findings revealed challenges that hinder the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in teaching and learning in higher education.

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