AI in Education Conference
Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said that in his organization’s view, AI has yet to transform education as it has business, health care and even politics. The jury is still out, he suggested, on whether the new technologies will ultimately make a real impact “on what really matters – learning outcomes for students young and old.”
And Borhene Chakroun, Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems for UNESCO, told listeners, that “the use of AI in education is a booming domain with the potential to profoundly alter every aspect of the teaching and learning process.” But, he added, “it is a revolution that policymakers and teachers are struggling to come to grips with.”
UNESCO’s June 2019 Beijing Consensus on Artificial Intelligence in Education recommends that governments and other stakeholders use AI to help achieve the UN Sustainable Goal 4 (“ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”). But on a more cautionary note, the Consensus also urges governments and other stakeholders to “ensure AI technologies are used to empower teachers rather than replace them” and to “promote equitable and inclusive use of AI” irrespective of social or economic status, cultural background or other factors.
Conference website: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/aiconference/
[Read more about the ongoing debate surrounding artificial intelligence and education in The Washington Post, which discusses upcoming developments from Google with our panelist Paulo Blikstein.]