Using AI in Adult Ed

Using AI in Adult Ed

Imagine a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is writing the MN ABE Connect news articles.

Newsflash: we’re already here.

Inspired by a 2020 article in The Guardian, I gave it a go with Adult Ed context. The article you’re about to read? Chat GPT wrote it. (see my original prompts)

And the image on this page below?  It’s not real; Canva created it with the prompt “studying english language textbook”

Generative AI is here to stay, whether we like it or not. So turn on some casual listening (that I made using Google AI Test Kitchen) and read on.


Title: Unleashing the Potential of Generative AI in Adult Education: Enhancing Teaching and Learning


Welcome to a world where cutting-edge technology intersects with the realm of education. As adult educators in Minnesota, it is essential to explore new tools and approaches that can enhance our teaching practices and support our adult learners. Generative artificial intelligence (AI), including platforms like ChatGPT and DALL-E, has emerged as a game-changer in adult education. This article, authored by ChatGPT in response to specific prompts, sheds light on how generative AI can revolutionize adult education, both now and in the near future.

Understanding Generative AI

Generative AI refers to the remarkable ability of machines to produce human-like content using sophisticated algorithms and deep learning techniques. These AI systems are trained on extensive datasets and can generate text, images, and even music in response to prompts or tasks.

Empowering Educators

Generative AI holds immense promise for adult education in Minnesota, empowering educators to streamline teaching practices, develop innovative lesson plans, and engage adult learners in unprecedented ways. Let’s explore how generative AI can transform the landscape of adult education.

Personalized Learning Experiences: Generative AI platforms enable educators to create tailored learning materials and resources that cater to individual student needs and learning styles. For instance, an English language teacher can use generative AI to generate customized language exercises, interactive quizzes, and adaptive practice materials that align with each student’s proficiency level.

Efficient Lesson Planning and Curriculum Development: By harnessing generative AI, educators can streamline their lesson planning and curriculum development processes. For example, an adult education teacher can utilize generative AI to automatically generate lesson plans, instructional materials, and assessment tasks. This automation frees up valuable time, allowing teachers to focus on adapting the content to meet the specific needs of adult learners.

Language Learning Support: Generative AI can provide significant support in language learning classes. An adult education teacher can leverage generative AI to create conversational practice scenarios, virtual language tutors, and interactive language exercises. This technology offers real-time feedback, allowing adult learners to practice their language skills in an engaging and immersive manner.

Creative Content Generation: Platforms like DALL-E can assist educators in creating visually captivating content that enhances learning experiences. For instance, an adult education teacher can use generative AI to generate illustrations, infographics, and multimedia resources that help convey complex concepts or engage learners in creative projects.

Future Prospects

As generative AI advances, the future of adult education holds tremendous potential. Imagine virtual tutors powered by AI, delivering personalized support and guidance to adult learners. Furthermore, intelligent chatbots could facilitate individualized learning experiences, offering on-demand assistance to students when needed.


Generative AI has already begun to shape the landscape of adult education in Minnesota. By embracing this technology, adult educators can unlock innovative approaches, increase efficiency, and foster student engagement. From personalized learning experiences to streamlined curriculum development, generative AI empowers educators to cater to the diverse needs of adult learners effectively. As the field of AI progresses, we must remain open to its possibilities and adapt our methodologies to create transformative educational experiences for all.

(Note: This article was generated by ChatGPT in response to specific prompts. Formatting was added by the editor.)

Learn more about Generative AI

WorldEd Ed Tech Center AI for Education library includes recordings of EdTech Bytes Generative AI webinars

Summer Institute 2023 will have a session on AI, hosted by Literacy MN staff

Kelly O'Brien, Supervisor Minneapolis Adult Education