Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly integrated into our day-to-day experiences, but public understanding of AI is lacking, opening the door for issues such as misunderstanding online algorithms’ use of personal data, lack of oversight of the use of AI by powerful corporations and the government, and inefficiency as AI becomes integrated in workplaces and schools. We are a team of researchers in the Expressive Machinery Lab at Georgia Tech exploring how we can improve public AI literacy through engaging informal learning experiences.
On this website, you will find a suite of different tools and resources for families and educators interested in AI education. These include:
- A set of key competencies for AI literacy and a set of considerations for designing AI literacy learning interventions
- Several “unplugged” (i.e. no computer needed) activities for teaching AI literacy concepts at home or in the classroom
- Designs and materials for higher-tech at-home experiences communicating AI literacy concepts
- Design sketches for larger-scale AI literacy museum exhibits
All of the resources we present on this website are part of a connected learning experience—for instance, a learner that engages with one of our museum exhibits could return home or to the classroom where they participate in a related unplugged or higher-tech at-home experience with their peers or family. Our work is rooted in evidence-based research and evaluation, and we will continue to update our publications page with ongoing findings related to this research.
Our work is also rooted in prior evidence-based research about designing learning interventions for informal spaces. Certain design features can aid in quickly engaging visitors in active learning experiences. Incorporating embodied interaction can make exhibits easily understandable to visitors with little prior knowledge in addition to facilitating a visceral, evocative experience. Open-ended, creative exhibits encourage prolonged engagement in addition to facilitating visitor-led learning experiences that can lead to more personally relevant meaning-making. Supporting collaboration and social interaction between multiple group members creates a social learning environment in which visitors can learn from and motivate each other. These three design considerations (embodied interaction, creativity, and collaboration) are central to the design of the learning interventions presented on this website.