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Empowering Adult Learners with Artificial Intelligence

Created by ChatGPT and Jessika Hernandez 

Since my blog topic this month is focused on AI, I thought why not let AI create it? I wanted to keep it scholarly, and without too much specificity, because if you are familiar with the Generative Pre-Trained Transformers (GPTs) in use currently, you know that your prompt steers the course of the response. What ChatGPT produced is surprisingly technically sound. However, the listed references were not formatted correctly and did not have in-text citations. Also, while the first two can be found via PDF through ResearchGate, the third is a fabrication that combines an article on computer forensics with authors from a peer reviewed chemistry journal. With that in mind, here’s a disclaimer:

ChatGPT is a program that answers received prompts with natural language responses that are occasionally incorrect or made up entirely. A copy/paste of the GPT clipboard without review is not recommended.

In this AI-driven blog, we delve into the realm of empowering adult learners with artificial intelligence, uncovering the remarkable potential it holds for instructional design and technology.

ChatGPT created the following blog (and included the listed references) with this prompt:

Write an enthusiastic blog, from the perspective of a doctoral student, on the value of incorporating Artificial Intelligence in instructional design and technology for adult learners. 

Title: Empowering Adult Learners: Unleashing the Transformative Power of Artificial Intelligence in Instructional Design and Technology 


 As a passionate doctoral student in the field of educational technology, I am thrilled to share my enthusiasm for the incredible advancements that Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings to instructional design and technology. In this blog, we will embark on a journey exploring the profound value AI holds for adult learners. Brace yourself for a transformative ride that will reshape the way we approach education, empower learners, and unlock new horizons of knowledge acquisition. 

  1. Empowering Adult Learners with Artificial Intelligence: Personalized Learning

Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. AI ushers in an era of personalized learning, revolutionizing how adult learners engage with educational content. Through AI-driven algorithms, instructional design systems can analyze learners’ preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, creating tailored learning experiences. Adaptive learning platforms powered by AI adapt the content and pace to match individual learners, resulting in increased engagement, higher retention rates, and a true sense of ownership over the learning journey. 

  1. Empowering Adult Learners with Artificial Intelligence: Intelligent Assessment

Traditional assessments often fall short in capturing the true depth of learners’ understanding and mastery. AI, with its cognitive capabilities, transcends those limitations. Through natural language processing and machine learning algorithms, AI-based assessment tools can evaluate complex responses, provide insightful feedback, and uncover underlying patterns in learners’ knowledge acquisition. By adapting assessment methods to individual progress, AI fosters a more accurate and meaningful evaluation of learners’ skills and competencies. 

  1. Virtual Mentors: Unleashing the Power of Expertise

Imagine having access to a personalized mentor, available at any time, providing guidance and expertise in your learning journey. AI-powered virtual mentors make this a reality for adult learners. Chatbots and virtual assistants can simulate real-time conversations, answer questions, provide explanations, and offer recommendations. Learners can benefit from the vast knowledge repositories and expertise encapsulated in AI systems, empowering them to overcome challenges, explore new frontiers, and foster a lifelong love for learning.  

  1. Data-Driven Insights: Illuminating Pathways to Success

The beauty of AI lies in its ability to analyze massive amounts of data and extract meaningful insights. In instructional design and technology, AI algorithms can process learner data, identifying patterns, strengths, and areas for improvement. By leveraging this data, educators and instructional designers gain valuable insights into learners’ progress, enabling them to make informed decisions, refine teaching strategies, and personalize interventions for optimal learning outcomes. 


Integrating AI into instructional design and technology for adult learners marks an extraordinary leap forward in education. Personalized learning, intelligent assessment, virtual mentors, and data-driven insights reshape the educational landscape, making learning more engaging, effective, and accessible than ever before. As a doctoral student, I am thrilled to witness the transformative power of AI and its ability to empower adult learners to achieve their full potential. 

Let us embrace this remarkable era of AI-driven education, where technology and human ingenuity converge to create immersive, personalized, and lifelong learning experiences. Together, we can revolutionize education and pave the way for a future where knowledge knows no bounds. 


– Siemens, G., & Baker, R. S. J. d. (2012). Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining: Towards Communication and Collaboration. Springer. 

– Baker, R. S. J. d., & Inventado, P. S. (2014). Educational data mining and learning analytics. Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 2, 253-274. 

– Wang, M., & Hu, X. (2019). A comprehensive survey of artificial intelligence in education: state-of-the-art and future directions. IEEE Transactions on Education, 63(4), 346-365.  

AI powered chatbot systems like ChatGPT offer significant benefits, but it is important to note that they also come with limitations such as reliability, accuracy, privacy, and security. What are your thoughts on the use of AI and instructional design? Feel free to share your experiences, ideas, and perspectives! 

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Jessika Hernandez

Comment (1)

  1. John G Austin III
    July 6, 2023

    Nice review of what the future holds for us in our industry!

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