#AIinEd – Pontydysgu EU 2021-09-20 16:58:58

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash Empowering Learners for the Age of AI is a free, international online conference, organised by part of a national team from Australia representing leading researchers in the role of data, analytics and AI in learning, to empower both learners and teachers. They are seeking a public conversation to engage productively with societal infrastructure powered by data, analytics and AI. The questions for the conference include: What’s actually happening with AI and how is it changing classrooms, teaching, and learning? How can data, analytics and AI be used not to disempower or automate work, but […]

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Data governance, management and infrastructure

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash The big ed-tech news this week is the merger of Anthology, an educational management company, with Blackboard who produce learning technology. But as Stephen Downes said “It’s funny, though – the more these companies grow and the wider their enterprise capabilities become, the less relevant they feel, to me at least, to educational technology and online learning.” And there is a revealing quote in an Inside Higher Ed article about the merger. They quote Bill Bauhaus, Blackboards chairman, CEO and president as saying the power of the combined company will flow from its ability […]

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Apprenticeship for Artificial Intelligence Data Specialists

This may be of interest to some readers. One of the issues with AI and data science is that it is leading to pressure for change in vocational education and training. In the UK there is a particular shortage of data specialists. And in response, last year a new apprenticeship standard was released for Artificial Intelligence Data Specialists. The 24 month “typical duration to gateway” (I think this means typical length of the apprenticeship) as developed by the following employers: British Broadcasting Corporation, Public Health England, Bank of England, Royal Mail Group, Unilever, TUI, Aviva, Shop Direct, Defence Science Technology […]

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Racial bias in algorithms

From the UK Open Data Institute’s Week in Data newsletter This week, Twitter apologised for racial bias within its image-cropping algorithm. The feature is designed to automatically crop images to highlight focal points – including faces. But, Twitter users discovered that, in practice, white faces were focused on, and black faces were cropped out. And, […]

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