Artificial Intelligence and ethics

I have written before that despite the obvious ethical issues posed by Artificial Intelligence in general – and particular issues for education – I am not convinced by the various frameworks setting down rubrics for ethics, often voluntarily and often  developed by professionals from within the AI industry. But I am encouraged by UK Association for Learning Technology’s (ALT) Framework for Ethical Learning Technology, released at their annual conference last week. Importantly, it builds on ALT’s professional accreditation framework, CMALT, which has been expanded to include ethical considerations for professional practice and research. ALT say: ALT’s Framework for Ethical Learning […]

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The teleology of ed tech?

We do far too few book reviews on this site and I am afraid this isn’t going to be one either. Instead we are plugging an eagerly awaited (and very timely) book be ed-tech journalist Audrey Watters which was published by MIT Press about two weeks ago. The MIT press blurb says: How ed tech was born: Twentieth-century teaching machines—from Sidney Pressey’s mechanized test-giver to B. F. Skinner’s behaviorist bell-ringing box. Contrary to popular belief, ed tech did not begin with videos on the internet. The idea of technology that would allow students to “go at their own pace” did […]

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An ethical framework for Learning Technology

The Association for Learning Technologies in the UK  (ALT) has the strategic aim of strengthening recognition and representation for Learning Technology professionals from all sectors. one of the priorities Members identified for this year is to develop an ethical framework for Learning Technology. They have developed a professional accreditation framework, CMALT, and last year extended it to include ethical considerations for professional practice and research last year. They are now developing a framework that can be used as a starting point for informing the ethical use of Learning Technology by professionals, institutions and industry and, they say, “have worked to […]

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FutureLearn team up with Microsoft for online AI course

As many of you will know, FutureLearn is the UK Open Universities MOOC arm, run in conjunction with an international consortium of universities. But, I guess like everyone else, FutureLearn is under pressure to make some money. Their first go was offering paid for certificates for course completion. Another attempt has been to persuade people […]

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European Union, AI and data strategy

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri is the rapporteur for the industry committe for European Parliament’s own-initiative  on data strategy and  a standing rapporteur on the World Trade Organization e-commerce negotiations in the European Parliament’s international trade committee. Writing in Social Europe she says: Building a human-centric data economy and human-centric artificial intelligence starts from the user. First, we […]

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