Artificial Intelligence in the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Educate for Sustainable Development


  • Mohamed Ally Athabasca University
  • Kirk Perris Independent Consultant



Artificial intelligence, Fourth Industrial Revolution, 4IR, Online learning, Sustainable Development Goals, SDG4


There has been increasing interest in the use of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as artificial intelligence to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, multilateral organizations have sponsored initiatives to make countries aware of the benefits of using artificial intelligence for sustainable developm­ent and to educate citizens to improve quality of life. This paper explores aspects of employing artificial intelligence for sustainable development, with a focus on lifelong learning, and inclusive and equitable quality education. Data are drawn from a thematic review of 32 academic peer-reviewed journal articles and interviews with six international experts. Findings include examples of benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence to address sustainable development and education.

Author Biographies

Mohamed Ally, Athabasca University

Mohamed Ally is Professor of Online and Distance Education at Athabasca University. His current areas of research include education in the fourth industrial revolution, mobile learning, online learning, distance education and use of emerging learning technologies in education. He is currently serving on three ISO committees to set international standards.

Kirk Perris, Independent Consultant

Kirk Perris is a digital learning strategist who has worked internationally in formal and non-formal education sectors for 20 years. His interests lie in the implementation of virtual and blended learning interventions in institutional, national and regional contexts. His focus areas are quality assurance, assessment, and workforce development.


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