How colleges are using AI to save time on operations

tes | February 27, 2019

North Carolina's public community colleges had a problem. Although the system had a wealth of learning resources faculty members could use to develop their courses, there was no simple way to share and organize those materials across all 58 campuses.That will soon change, however, with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Through the machine learning company Tanjo, the community college system is rolling out a custom AI "brain" in the coming months that will map and organize its digital content. The new tool will be critical to linking faculty to relevant resources, said Richard Boyd, Tanjo's CEO. Rather than wade through thousands of files in disparate places, faculty members will be able to use the AI system to source documents of interest to them from a central location."Say a faculty member goes to a conference and learns about cloud computing ... and comes back with stuff they can use to build a new curriculum," Boyd explained. "That has been captured, it's mapped and it's made available to anybody else who's trying to do something similar. That's extraordinarily powerful."

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IT consolidation has been a high-priority government and education initiative for many years. While many state and education organizations are already on board, or boarding quickly, the move may be born of a different catalyst than you may expect—certainly different than federal agencies. Federal agencies are consolidating IT efforts largely in response to federal mandates such as the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). For state and local government and education, however, consolidation is coming far more from a need to create a unified IT approach as well as a need to enhance value.

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IT consolidation has been a high-priority government and education initiative for many years. While many state and education organizations are already on board, or boarding quickly, the move may be born of a different catalyst than you may expect—certainly different than federal agencies. Federal agencies are consolidating IT efforts largely in response to federal mandates such as the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). For state and local government and education, however, consolidation is coming far more from a need to create a unified IT approach as well as a need to enhance value.

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