Elements of AI courses

‘The Elements of AI’ is a series of free online courses developed by the Finnish Government to debunk the myths of AI. This course provides teachers and community members with a practical understanding of how AI technologies work, so they are better equipped to help students navigate an increasingly digital world.

‘Artificial Intelligence is a technology that will touch all aspects of our lives. Indeed, it is already part of our lives even if we don't realise it. Every time you ask Siri a question, or get directions from Google, it's AI that is powering the answers. To ensure we all benefit from this technology, we all need an understanding of what AI is and how it works. The ‘Elements of AI’ course is a fantastic initiative of the Finnish government to educate the world about AI, to bust the Hollywood myths and let you take charge. I've spent my life exploring the technology and can't think of a better way for everyone to get up to speed and take charge of their future. (Scientia Professor Toby Walsh, UNSW)

The Elements of AI

The Elements of AI’ is a six week series of courses on the basics of AI. It covers a range of topics from machine learning, neural networks and the philosophical questions raised by AI.

The series of courses have six distinct sections. Each section takes between 5-10 hours to complete and has a short test at the end. Beyond basic maths, no pre-existing knowledge is required. Through the courses, you will learn what AI is and what can (and can’t) be done with AI.

The Elements of AI’ is part of a suite of initiatives by the Finnish government designed to help their citizens engage critically in a digital world. In a 2019 Media Literacy Index study of 35 European countries, Finland ranked highest for ‘most resistant to fake news’ due to the quality of their education and a high level of trust in local media sources.

How do I access the Elements of AI courses?

The Elements of AI’ courses are free for everyone. It is not necessary to register to access the material. However, signing up will allow you to keep track of your progress and the exercises you complete.

Please note: If you choose to sign up, you will be asked to provide your name, password, email and country of origin.

Disclaimer: The Elements of AI series of courses have been created by Reaktor and the Unversity of Helsinki, as part of a Finnish Government initiative. While recommending the courses, the NSW Department of Education does not own, manage or take responsibility for the course material.

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