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Introduction to Machine Learning and AI

Discover the fundamentals of machine learning, how it works, and learn to train your own AI using free online tools.

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Introduction to Machine Learning and AI

4,156 enrolled on this course

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  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Build your knowledge and skills in machine learning

From self-driving cars to determining someone’s age, artificial intelligence (AI) systems trained with machine learning (ML) are being used more and more. But what is AI, and what does machine learning actually involve?

On this four-week course from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you’ll learn about different types of machine learning, and use online tools to train your own AI models.

You’ll delve into the problems that machine learning can help to solve, discuss how AI is changing the world, and think about the ethics of collecting data to train a machine learning model.

Explore the different types of machine learning

The first week of this course will guide you through how you can use machine learning to label data, whether to work out if a comment is positive or negative or to identify the contents of an image.

Then you’ll look at machine learning algorithms that create models to give a numerical output, such as predicting house prices based on information about the house and its surroundings.

You’ll also explore other types of machine learning that are designed to discover connections and groupings in data that humans would likely miss, giving you a deeper understanding of how machine learning can be used.

Use tools to develop and train your own AI

During this course, you’ll also investigate the different ways that the machine learning actually takes place.

You’ll compare supervised learning, which uses training data labelled with the desired outcome, to unsupervised learning, where the aim of the machine learning is to spot new connections.

In the final week of the course, you’ll investigate neural networks; a type of machine learning inspired by the structure of the brain that is used by many state-of-the-art AI systems such as YOTI’s age determination algorithm.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Can machines learn? If so, what can you teach them? What is artificial intelligence? This free course will introduce you to the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence, one of the most exciting areas of technological development. You will teach an algorithm to recognise hand gestures. You’ll also create a noughts and crosses game that learns as you play. And you’ll consider the impact of automation on the world around us. This 4 week course also contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and practical activities to help embed your new knowledge. So whether you’re a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about the future of AI, this course will give you an introduction to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Classification and making predictions
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Supervised and unsupervised learning
  • Neural networks
  • Ethics and Machine Learning

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate several working machine learning models
  • Explain the different types of machine learning, and the problems that they are suitable for
  • Compare supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning
  • Discuss the ethical issues surrounding machine learning and AI

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone looking to learn more about machine learning without having to understand the maths involved.

To get the most out of this course, you should already have an understanding of what a computer algorithm is.

Some of the practical tasks also require familiarity with the Scratch programming language.

What software or tools do you need?

The practical tasks in this course require access to the Scratch, Machine Learning for Kids, and Teachable Machine websites.

One of these tasks will also require the use of a webcam.

Who will you learn with?

I lead the Raspberry Pi Foundation's efforts to support educators with resources and training. I'm an experienced computing teacher, an advocate for diversity in tech, author and a YouTuber.

Ben is a Learning Manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation making teaching resources for educators. When he's not spending time tinkering with his Raspberry Pi, he likes spending time with his family

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

National Centre for Computing Education

This course is part of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). Funded by the Department for Education and partners, we aim to change the way computing is taught in schools across England, and enable more young people to benefit from studying this important subject.

If you are a teacher in England you can get free upgraded access to this course, and use it towards NCCE certification. To do this, you must join the course through the Teach Computing website

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