Seneca embraces AI so students will be ‘future-ready’

Seneca Polytechnic is among the first Canadian postsecondary institutions to introduce Microsoft Azure AI technology, a move that will ensure its students are “future ready.”

“Seneca shares a student-first approach and that’s the foundation of our collaboration with Microsoft to harness the power of (artificial intelligence) to enrich our polytechnic education for students,” says Seneca President David Agnew.

Microsoft Azure AI is a suite of AI intelligence services and tools available on Microsoft Azure. As part of the collaboration, Seneca is developing an AI tutor that it describes as a ‘personal companion’ for students, who will be able to use the tutor outside of the classroom to answer questions related to course materials. The tutor will help to ‘level the playing field’ for students of all learning abilities and will also generate personalized quizzes and provide feedback on homework, Seneca reports.

“AI innovation is transforming today’s classrooms, unlocking new possibilities for student success, creativity and learning,” says Marc Seaman, Vice President, Education Sector, Microsoft Canada. “Students will gain skills, guided by personalized AI experiences, ensuring they graduate not just job ready, but future ready.”

Seneca will also use Microsoft Azure AI services to enhance InStage, a platform created at HELIX, its innovation and entrepreneurship incubator. InStage currently helps students develop communication and other skills in preparation for job interviews. Soon, students will be able to generate personalized job interview simulations based on specific job postings and gain comprehensive feedback on their performance in the simulated environment.

Seneca recently seconded professors Panos Panagiotakopoulos and Kent Peel to the role of AI Thought Leaders. A first-of-its-kind role in postsecondary education, the professors will share their insights and learnings on the latest AI-related issues, including how it can enhance the learning experience and how to prepare students for the world of work where AI is the norm.

Next on the agenda: Seneca will use the technology to enhance The Service Hub – Seneca’s omnichannel destination for student support – as well as other institutional-wide resources for students and employees.

Photo courtesy of CNW Group/Seneca Polytechnic.

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