The National Education Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence seeks to innovate smart digital education

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The National Artificial Intelligence Education Laboratory for Innovative AI Products will conduct research on smart digital education innovation. Today, October 6, the Radboud University laboratory was officially opened.

The use of smart technologies in the classroom has increased dramatically in recent years. To take advantage of opportunities and prevent unwanted effects, the National Artificial Intelligence Education Laboratory (Nolai) right Now. Radboud University is the main leader, but many universities, colleges, school boards and entrepreneurs are involved.

80 million euros

The National Growth Fund provided €80 million for the development of NoIai. “There are two main areas within the lab,” says Inge Molinar, director of Nolai and associate professor at the Behavioral Sciences Institute (BSI) at Radboud University. “We will work with the educational field to develop programs as well as conduct scientific research.”

educational needs

“So far, the market has mainly determined the software used in the classroom. They offer the products and educational institutions that you buy without really making their own choices about what they consider important to their students,” says Molinar. “We will now look at what the education needs are. What would they like to see and use? There is also room for technical improvement. The software can indicate whether a student’s answer is right or wrong, but it is very difficult to provide proper feedback to the student about what is going wrong.”


Adaptive learning tools like Snappet, Gynzy or Oefenweb certainly have added value and are already widely used in the classroom. Miller says: “The teacher will not be replaced by a computer program in the future either, but the use of more artificial intelligence as an educational tool is inevitable. When homeschooling began due to Corona, many parents were amazed at all the possibilities already available. But, of course, they should This is done responsibly. For example, do you want the teacher to be able to see how long and how long your child has worked on a task?”

Angie Molinar

Influence in class

Therefore, in addition to software development, scientific research is being conducted on the impact of artificial intelligence in education. This is done at the pedagogical/educational level, as well as in the areas of ethics and privacy. This includes questions such as: What kind of regulations are required (internationally) and how do you ensure that the program gives the correct feedback to the student? What kind of information may or may not be stored, and how can you ensure that all students benefit from the developments?

Education issues

“Our research focuses on the opportunities that technology presents,” Molinar says. “You can give students more insight into their learning. Teachers can have more time and space to personally mentor students. Also, the intelligent use of AI can contribute to major educational issues of our time such as inequality of opportunity and workload.”

joint creation

During the inaugural meeting of Nolai, discussions were held on co-creation and information was collected on software requirements. “Recently, we’ve been working hard to create Nolai, and now we’re really getting started,” Molinar said. Nolai has received 10-year funding and is unique in its establishment within Europe. “In the near future there will be European-level regulations for artificial intelligence in education, and Nolai will certainly play a role in that.”

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