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Artificial intelligence as a management and decision-making tool for the education network

A "clean sweep" of the data and computer systems of school service centers, better sharing of existing data between network entities, and interpretation and enhancement of data through artificial intelligence: these are the challenges facing the education network as part of a digital intelligence project set up by the Quebec Minister of Education.

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In recent years, there has been a lack of information about student enrollment in the education system. Similarly, the lack of student data can limit dropout prevention. These observations have led the Quebec government to invest $10.6 million in the implementation of new management and decision-making tools, supported by artificial intelligence.

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge made the announcement last week live on Facebook. At the outset, he recognized the importance of having "quality information and information useful for decision-making to be ready to face the challenges.

Currently, however, in the education system, he admitted that it is difficult to get data on absenteeism, tutoring program enrollment, and even graduation rates. "None of the information is quickly and easily accessible. Every time, it's an obstacle course. Unfortunately, this adds pressure to already overburdened teams."

Thus, his department is teaming up with experts "to change the old ways of doing things to become more efficient". The Institut québécois d'intelligence artificielle (Mila), the Institut de valorisation des données (IVADO), the Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l'intelligence artificielle et du numérique (OBVIA) and GRICS, an information technology company specializing in education in Quebec, are the ministry's partners in the project.

"Big cleanup" of school service center data and IT systems, better sharing of existing data among network entities, and interpretation and leveraging of data through artificial intelligence will be at the heart of the project.

The Minister is already announcing dashboards that can be shared as of the beginning of the 2022 school year. These will concern three main themes: student success (e.g. absenteeism, graduation), human resources (e.g. workforce management) and infrastructure (e.g. maintenance, upgrading).

The Minister maintains that access to data, the creation of dashboards and their sharing throughout the network will support school administrators and all players in the education community in their task. "The objective is to act preventively in order to promote student success.

Recently, we reported on a conference about the potential contribution of artificial intelligence in education.

How will the $10.6 million be spent?

- 1.3 million $ - Data harmonization

- 5 million $ - Deployment of support teams to school service centers

- 500,000 $ - Development of an information system for data sharing

- 100,000 $ - Project Impact Assessment

- 1.1 million $ - Creation of a center of expertise in artificial intelligence dedicated to education

- 2 million $ - Development and implementation of algorithms and predictive models

- 600,000 $ - Development of training tools

In addition :

–   The press release from the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec in connection with the announcement

–   Digital intelligence in education (on Québec.ca)

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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