AI Pioneers

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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 increasingly include the use of AI at all levels including for teaching and learning. “Digital technology, when deployed skillfully and effectively by educators, can fully support the agenda of high quality and inclusive education and training for all learners.” (European Digital Action Plan). Local knowledge and capacity is critical for effective adoption and shaping of AIEd, and new scaling models are needed. According to the JRC the EU needs a “clearing house” that helps teachers and policy-makers make sense of the fast developments in this area. The project will be cross sectoral in VET and Adult Education. Central to our application is to build a reference network
of AI Pioneers(trainers, stakeholders, policy makers and educational planners) for promoting the use and teaching of AI in Adult Education and VET. AI Pioneers will act as reference points for the design and implementation of future educational projects related to AI at regional, national and European levels. Further objectives include policy recommendations, toolkits and implementation guidelines for AI Pioneers; to identify, develop, and pilot use cases of artificial intelligence in education; to develop a supplement to the DigCompEDU Framework describing the skills and competences of teachers and trainers related to AI in Education; to develop guidelines (in line with existing EU policies) for ethical and trustworthy use of AI in education. The project will involve stakeholders throughout the AI system’s life cycle, fostering training and education so that all stakeholders understand the issues in developing ethical and trustworthy approaches to the use of AI in education.

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 few glossaries of AI terms available, but we think it might be useful to create one focused on AI in educational technology – including ed tech specific terms, putting terms in context, and linking to examples."

They provide examples from Wikipedia, Nesta, The Turing Centre and the UK's Information Commissioner Office. And they go on to provide the first draft of their glossary aimed at AI in Ed Tech. "It’s not intended to be a definitive list at this point, but more as a starting point to get feedback on whether this approach looks useful." Looks useful to me, if only to save us time producing glossaries for various AI and ed-tech publications and web resources.