NASHVILLE – Tennessee State University, which serves as the nation’s only HBCU Smart Technology Innovation Center, has partnerships with tech giants Microsoft and Apple, along with T-Mobile, Amazon and several others. Through these collaborations, TSU has worked to bridge the technology divide among HBCUs (historically Black colleges and Universities) and communities of color.
Now the University is looking to forge deeper into the field by exploring the opportunities and possibilities of integrating education with artificial intelligence (AI).
Dr. Robbie Melton, Vice President of Technology Innovation Strategies and interim provost and acting vice president of academic affairs, heads the TSU SMART Global Technology Innovation Center that researches the effective use of emerging technologies in education, that now includes AI.
Recently, Dr. Melton conducted AI demonstrations that included creating curriculum and lesson plans in under 4 minutes, along with art and music in less than 2 minutes.
“TSU has always been on the cutting edge of technology and it’s important that faculty learn more about AI because these tools are already transforming and disrupting the traditional methods of reading, writing, research, teaching and training,” said Melton.
While the concept of artificial intelligence in education presents an array of unprecedented academic, ethical and legal challenges, Melton believes these technological advances have educational value and benefits that can’t be overlooked.
“It’s important for TSU faculty to learn how AI works in enhancing teaching and learning before taking a stand to ban it or try to stop it in the classroom. AI pushes us to incorporate critical and higher order thinking skills, that go beyond basic observation of facts and memorization.”
Melton recently conducted a national webinar for several historical black colleges and universities (HBCUs) regarding the educational impact of AI for underrepresented groups and cultures.