Ethics in AI Lunchtime Research Seminars - The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Education. A critical studies approach.

Dr Wayne Holmes

Ethics in AI Lunchtime Research Seminar - Wednesday 8th November 12:30pm - 1:30pm

With guest speaker Dr Wayne Holmes

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is frequently hailed as a ‘solution’ to many of education’s core problems (e.g., OECD, 2021) – problems such as student underachievement, assessment at scale, and better preparing learners for 21st century career paths. However, such claims tend to be aspirational rather than evidence-based (Miao & Holmes, 2021), and overly simplistic, forgetting issues such as agency, pedagogy, surveillance, efficacy, and ethics (Holmes et al., 2021; Holmes et al., 2022; Holmes & Porayska-Pomsta, 2022; Porayska-Pomsta, Holmes and Nemorin, 2023). In fact, teaching and learning with AI all too often undermines student agency and disempowers educators, while teaching and learning about AI almost always focuses on the technological dimension of AI to the exclusion of the human dimension (its ethical, human, and social justice implications). Accordingly, this presentation will introduce Artificial Intelligence and education (AI&ED) from a critical studies and human rights perspective. It will identify and address many of the myths, it will propose an ethics by design approach, and it will pose more questions about AI and education than it answers.

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Wayne Holmes (DPhil, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor in the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, at University College London (UK). His research takes a critical studies perspective to the teaching and application of Artificial Intelligence in educational contexts (AI&ED), and their ethical, human, and social justice implications. Wayne is leading the Council of Europe’s expert group on AI&ED, which is developing legislation to protect the human rights of students and teachers engaging with AI-enabled systems, for which he co-wrote Artificial Intelligence and Education. A critical view through the Lens of Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law; he is also Consultant for the Technology and AI in Education unit at UNESCO, for which he co-wrote AI and Education: Guidance for Policy-makers and Guidance for Generative AI in Education and Research; and he is a Senior Researcher in AI&ED for IRCAI (the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO). Wayne has also co-written Artificial Intelligence in Education. Promise and Implications for Teaching and Learning (Holmes et al., 2019), Citizens Interacting with AI Systems (for the EU JRC, Vuorikari and Holmes, 2022), State of the Art and Practice in AI in Education (Holmes and Tuomi, 2022), and The Ethics of AI in Education. Practices, Challenges and Debates (Holmes and Porayska-Pomsta, Eds, 2022). He has given invited keynotes about AI&ED in countries around the world.