Research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Online Education

This project was part of my coursework in my Information and Learning Technology master’s program at the University of Colorado Denver and focused on research in learning design and technology.

I split my time between analyzing and evaluating methods for observing instruction, assessing learning and collecting reports to improve instruction with researching limitations and affordances of AI in online education. It was during this process that I discovered the limitations and lack of research around my topic and forced me to get uncomfortable and creative with how I’d finish.

In the end, it all came together and I turned in my literature review along with a research poster to support. Using Canva, I designed a poster that summarized my research in a visually attractive way.


Technology is making teaching and learning more complicated, specifically in online education, and artificial intelligence (AI) is contributing to these complications. While problems exist for all students, the pace of today’s technological changes is affecting student readiness for the workforce and needs addressed (IBM Institute for Business Value, 2015). Research revealed personalized learning is key and AI may be the answer. Although there was a significant amount of research concerning personalization in online education, most of the research around AI focused on virtual agents, intelligent tutors, and chatbots. The literature revealed there is a need for deeper understanding of AI and how the technology can help solve educational problems through adaptive learning and analysis of student data. This review of literature discusses possibilities with AI; outlining definitions, exploring current affordances and limitations in online learning and how AI contributes to success, as well as themes identifying the need for further research in this area. In closing, the literature revealed what’s needed to set learners up for success and why today’s instructor needs to the right insights to tailor content to individual student’s needs, achieve superior outcomes, and do it in real-time.

Skills used to compete this project:

  • Research and analysis
  • Writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Graphic design  
  • Peer feedback and leading teams through change and discovery

Download the full literature review here and view my research poster below.  

Effects of AI in Online Learning Research Poster