European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency

One of the major concerns about ethics and accountability with the fast growing adoption of AI in all areas of society including education is the transparency of algorithms. We know that they can suffer from bias: datasets for training AI often reflect wider prejudices withing society and amplify those prejudices. Nut perhaps even more concerning is that it is often impossible to understand how an algorithm is working: it is a black box. The European Commission has recently announced that it is establishing the European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT) which it says will contribute to a safer, more predictable and trusted online […]

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AI Pioneers

AI Pioneers is a new Erasmus+ Large Scale project. Building on the successful Taccle AI project, AI pioneers is scheduled to start early in 2023. I’ll be posting more details about how you can get involved in teh near future. But here for teh moment is the project summary as in the application form. UNESCO says AI has the potential to accelerate the process of achieving the global education goals through reducing barriers to accessing learning, automating management processes, and optimizing methods to improve learning outcomes. Education will be profoundly transformed by AI. A high performing digital education ecosystem will […]

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Thinking about glossaries

Over the years education and training has developed a vocabulary of its own. And I remember some years ago when I was doing a training the trainers course, we had long debates about the meaning of terms like curriculum and pedagogy and even assessment. So it is not surprising that adding Artificial Intelligence into the mix, makes things pretty tricky. So much so, that the UK Jisc National Centre for AI has undertaken to develop a glossary of terms association with AI in educational technology. Jisc say “Like any field, AI is full of specialist terms. There are quite a […]

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Digital Humanism

I used to be critical at the failure / slowness of sociology to develop critical accounts of the impact of digitalisation and the rise of the internet, This seems to be fast changing, especially in the growing critiques of the use of technology for learning. I just received an email about a new book by Christian Fuchs entitled ‘Digital Humanism. A Philosophy for 21st Century Digital Society.’ Christian says: Our contemporary global digital society is not always a good place to live. Authoritarianism, hatred, false news, post-truth culture, the COVID-19 anti-vaccination movement, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and political polarisation are organised […]

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AI for marking and feedback

The UK National Centre for AI, hosted through Jisc has announced the third in a series of pilot activities for AI in education. The pilot project being undertaken in partnership with Graide, an EdTech company who have built an AI-based feedback and assessment tool, es designed to help understand how universities could benefit from using AI to support the marking and feedback process. Sue Attewell says: AI-based marking and feedback tools promise the joint benefits of reducing educators’ workloads, whilst improving the quality, quantity, timeliness and/or consistency of feedback received by students. After a positive initial assessment of Graide, we are launching this […]

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