A Conversation with a Learning Scientist: Rose Luckin

Published August 29, 2019


Robert Feldman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst sat down with Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design of the University College of London to discuss the unique differences between artificial and human intelligences.

Watch the interview here:


Highlights from this video:

RF: Your title is Professor of Learner Centred Design. What is that?

RL: I look at the learner and think about the people they interact with, the resources they use - whether it is technology, books, or the environment - and how that impacts their learning as we design learning experiences.

RF: A lot of research has focused on the differences between artificial and human intelligence. What is the difference?

RL: Part of my interest in this comes from my teaching background before I began studying artificial intelligence. I have the mindset of an educator. My differentiation is born out of that education background and wanting to see the learner holistically within that context. What is interesting is the difference between the two. The social-emotional intelligences and the meta contextual intelligences and how we interact with others.

RF: What implications does this have on how we educate children?

RL: If we get artificial intelligence right, we can use it to support teaching and learning. We would spend less time plugged into technology and more time using an artificial intelligent tutor.

RF: Do you see artificial intelligence being used in the classroom?

RL: Yes, I do. It provides differentiation to large groups of students in very specific parts of the curriculum which teachers can build on.