Use AI to increase the efficiency of instructional designers with Cara North

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Episode summary

In this episode of the Learning While Working Podcast, we explore how AI technologies can be used to increase the efficiency of instructional designers. We tackle the challenges and ethical concerns of using AI-generated tools, focusing on their limitations and potential misinterpretations. Get insights into the importance of maintaining the human element in instructional design, especially in areas like assessment design.

About Cara North

Cara North has worked in the instructional design field for more than a decade and has won multiple awards for her learning experiences. Cara has worked in both higher education and corporate, and runs her own consulting business, The Learning Camel. Some of the clients The Learning Camel has served include Universal Records, WesBanco, NASA, Daisy and the National Association for Talent and Development (ATD).  

Key Takeaways

  • Generative AI can be used for brainstorming and translation. Tools like Chat GPT are valuable for creating first drafts, but they lack the ability to capture context-specific language and formality. As such, human input is required for this purpose.
  • There are tools that are useful in the localization and translation of content. Cara gives examples of Microsoft PowerPoint's built-in translation tool and, which help in rapidly reproducing content in different languages, improving efficiency in the learning design process.
  • The use of AI avatars for role-playing exercises in instructional design helps avoid logistical challenges associated with producing videos. However, these AI avatars require human input for more nuanced performance.

Segmented time stamps:

  • 00:00 The importance of focusing on making the best learning experience possible and not the tools
  • 01:13 How Cara uses AI in her learning design process
  • 04:42 Some key AI tools to check out 
  • 06:25 What human input is needed from AI translation tools
  • 10:19 AI-generated avatars
  • 15:39 Authenticity in art and AI
  • 20:16 Cara’s advice for instructional design and using genetic AI now

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