AI tools like ChatGPt have initiated conversations around the scope of AI integration for the well-being of education stakeholders. The constant debate around the authenticity of learning, teachers’ place in education and verifying students’ efforts towards their learning goals came into question with the existence of generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT.
The UN recently held a meeting of education ministers from around the globe to investigate the risks and benefits of using chatbots in classrooms and to announce a new road map for a secure digital future for all.
According to the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), less than 10 per cent of schools and universities adhere to formal guidelines regarding the use of wildly popular artificial intelligence (AI) tools, such as the chatbot software ChatGPT.
More than 40 ministers participated in a groundbreaking online meeting. They discussed policy approaches and plans while contemplating the agency’sagency’s new roadmap on education and generative AI, which can create data and content based on existing algorithms but can also make alarming factual errors similar to humans.
“Generative AI opens new horizons and challenges for education, but we urgently need to take action to ensure that new AI technologies are integrated into education on our terms,” said Stefania Giannini, Unesco’sUnesco’s Assistant Director-General for Education. “It is our duty to prioritise safety, inclusion, diversity, transparency and quality.”
According to a new UNESCO survey of more than 450 schools and universities, devising an immediate response to the sudden emergence of these potent AI applications presents a number of challenges for institutions.
Rapidly Evolving Landscape
UNESCO reports that at the same time, governments around the world are developing or refining national strategies on artificial intelligence, data protection, and other regulatory frameworks, as well as formulating policy responses to a swiftly evolving education landscape.
Nonetheless, they proceed with prudence. Students may be exposed to false or biased information if they use these tools, ministers said at a global meeting.
The discussion disclosed additional prevalent concerns, such as how to mitigate chatbots’ inherent defect of making big mistakes. Ministers also discussed how to effectively integrate these tools into curricula, teaching methods, and examinations and how to adjust education systems to the rapid disruptions caused by generative AI.
”Many have emphasised the crucial role teachers play in this new era as facilitators of learning. According to UNESCO, teachers need guidance and training to face these challenges.”
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Complementing Existing Frameworks
In keeping with its paper, AI and Education: A Guide for Policy-makers and Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, as well as the Beijing Consensus on Artificial Intelligence and Education, the agency will continue to steer the global dialogue with policy-makers, partners, academia, and civil society.
UNESCO is also developing policy guidelines for the use of generative AI in education and research, as well as AI competency frameworks for students and instructors in the classroom.
According to the agency, these new tools will be introduced during Digital Learning Week, which will be conducted at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris from September 4 to 7.