AI Minors Symposium
During the AI Minors symposium at TU Delft’s Mondai | House of AI, AI minor programmes were presented that have been successfully developed and scaled under the flag of AI, Data and Digitalisation Convergence. The diverse audience, including minor representatives, teachers, experts, and students discussed AI in education and expanding the AI minor community.
The event started with presentations covering the content, statistics, and pros and cons of the minors in Rotterdam and Delft. These presentations illuminated both common challenges and successes faced by the two minors. One key challenge discussed was the accessibility of the minor for students from varied backgrounds, particularly those lacking sufficient knowledge in mathematics or coding skills. This challenge prompted further discussions during the ‘break-out’ sessions.
The interactive format of the event facilitated active participation, with discussions about accommodating students from other institutions, making AI-engineering education inclusive for a diverse student body, and exploring the added value of joint education. The accessibility challenge was a focal point of discussion, leading to several proposed solutions. Ideas included creating a minor with multiple tracks, a mix-and-match concept for customizable learning, mid-course assessments to track improvement, and tailored support for students with varying coding skills. Practical improvements such as having all resources on a single platform and organizing an all-minor market were also suggested.
Participants emphasized the potential benefits of combining funding opportunities for education and addressing national challenges together. Developing a shared repository for minor materials and stimulating an active minor community were highlighted as ways to optimize resource sharing and collaboration.