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🍎 AI Policies in the Classroom
Explore how classrooms are implementing AI policies to effectively harness the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in education.
In this edition, we hope to share some insights into how schools are adopting and implementing AI policies to enhance the learning experience. From a student's perspective, having clear expectations can help us gain confidence in navigating coursework and foster a defined agreement between educators and learners with the responsible use of this technology. How has your classroom been equipped to implement and enforce AI policies and guidelines?
Here is an overview of today’s email:
Practical AI policy ideas to incorporate in the classroom syllabus
Creative ways to enhance the learning experience through AI
Student hackathon to learn about AI usage from your students
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🚀 Practical AI Usage and Policies
Academic Policy Resources
Have you ever wondered how schools and professors around the world are approaching the incorporation of AI in their classrooms? This resource, created by Lance Eaton, compiles a diverse range of course guidelines and policies, serving as a valuable reference for instructors and institutions seeking inspiration for crafting their own AI-Generative Tools policies.
As the school year progresses, students may sometimes find themselves uncertain about whether they are permitted to utilize AI in their academic work. This visual guide, created by AI for Education, provides a clear reference to help students determine when and where they can use AI in specific academic contexts.
This project offers pre-written sections of text that can be integrated into academic syllabi to define the guidelines for the use of Generative AI in coursework. It outlines expectations for both educators and students to ensure a clear definition of these guidelines, promoting transparency in the classroom. Below is a section from the document that discusses the utilization of AI tools in a coding class and during exams.
AI Usage in Classrooms
“TextGenEd (Teaching with Text Generation Technologies) is a digital collection addressing Generative AI, featuring undergraduate-level assignments to support students' AI literacy. This open-access and peer-reviewed collection features 34 undergraduate-level assignments that can help writing teachers integrate text generation technologies into their courses and respond to this crucial moment.”
This report highlights the need to share knowledge, involve educators, and improve technology plans and rules for using AI in education. It explains AI and helps educators understand how these new technologies can benefit education while also considering and managing potential risks.
📝 Latest Research in AI + Education
ChatGPT: Bullshit spewer or the end of traditional assessments in higher education? (Read the paper ↗️)
The authors provide a practical perspective on the implications of ChatGPT for higher education.
They delve into the statistical nature of large language models and trace OpenAI's historical efforts to address bias and mitigate risks during the development of ChatGPT.
The authors offer practical demonstrations of ChatGPT's applications through examples and accompanying screenshots.
The paper concludes with an extensive compilation of challenges and opportunities, leading to a set of recommendations that stress the importance of explicit policies and the expansion of digital literacy education to encompass AI.
Rudolph, J., Tan, S., & Tan, S. (2023). ChatGPT: Bullshit Spewer or the End of Traditional Assessments in Higher Education? The Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching, 6(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.37074/jalt.2023.6.1.9
Artificial Intelligence, Deepfakes, and Disinformation: A Primer (Read the paper ↗️)
Educators exploring academic integrity and AI text can benefit from insights in discussions about authenticity and labeling in AI content within society.
Todd Helmus examines how these advancements impact political systems and individuals, focusing on their use in spreading disinformation.
Artificial intelligence has made it increasingly challenging to detect deepfake audio, video, images, and generated text. Helmus explores methods to identify deepfakes and verify the origins of videos and images.
Helmus advocates for regulatory measures, tools for journalistic scrutiny, and broader efforts to enhance media literacy. Additionally, this report can help shape educational curricula to educate students about the risks associated with deepfakes and unlabeled AI content.
HELMUS, T. C. (2022). Artificial Intelligence, Deepfakes, and Disinformation: A Primer. RAND Corporation. http://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep42027
📣 Student Voices
Here’s a question: How do your students actually use AI in their studies? And more importantly, is that use actually good for their learning?
Introducing the AI Classroom Challenge! It’s a student-facing hackathon for the ways they use AI tools in their daily learning, and we’re offering 10 prizes of $500 each for the top 10 submissions. Through this Hackathon, we hope to 1) collect real Use Cases from students into an accessible repository and 2) incentivize students to critically reflect on the role of AI tools in the classroom.
If you fill out this form, you will be able to receive helpful resources for easy sharing and stay updated about the results of the hackathon. You can learn about the full details of the hackathon here and feel free to contact AI Consensus at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you might have!
Recordings from the AI x Education Conference featuring the voices of students and educators can be found on our website: https://www.aixeducation.com/
📰 In the News
Several major Canadian school boards are starting the new school year without formal AI policies for classrooms. A survey of 10 boards found none had specific AI policies for 2023-24, with some relying on existing conduct codes and others in consultation. Experts like Lauren Bialystok argue that broad AI policies may not be effective due to the nuances of AI use across subjects and its constant evolution. They recommend prioritizing teacher training and guiding students in supervised, meaningful AI usage instead of ignoring it.
Teachers are exploring the educational potential of ChatGPT with mixed perspectives. While some worry about its misuse for cheating, others are using it creatively in their classrooms. For instance, at Peninsula High School near Seattle, students have employed ChatGPT to create educational raps and translate Shakespearean text into modern English. Check out the article for more creative ways AI can be used to enhance the learning experience!
Last but not least, here is the result of the poll from our previous newsletter edition. We observed a fairly even distribution among educators in the frequency of their use of ChatGPT and AI tools in the classroom!
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