AI for marking and feedback

The UK National Centre for AI, hosted through Jisc has announced the third in a series of pilot activities for AI in education. The pilot project being undertaken in partnership with Graide, an EdTech company who have built an AI-based feedback and assessment tool, es designed to help understand how universities could benefit from using AI to support the marking and feedback process. Sue Attewell says: AI-based marking and feedback tools promise the joint benefits of reducing educators’ workloads, whilst improving the quality, quantity, timeliness and/or consistency of feedback received by students. After a positive initial assessment of Graide, we are launching this […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Educational Inclusion

On May 6, Graham Attwell and Angela Karadog from Pontydysgu, together with our colleague George Bekiaridis from ACP in Athens, are taking part in a panel session at the CIISE International Congress on Social and Educational Inclusion at The University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. The panel is being organised through the AI@School project, funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme with the theme of Artificial Intelligence and Educational Inclusion. UNESCO are promoting the use of AI in education, seeing it as a key technology for attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals in making education available to all young […]

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Industry 4.0 and Vocational Education and Training

The Taccle AI and VET project has been working with the BBS 2 vocational school in Wolfsburg, Germany. The school has close links with industry, particularly Volkswagen who have a major manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg. They are developing a series of projects around Industry 4.0 which is largely based on digitalisation, data and the use of Artificial Intelligence. The school has recently produced a video in English (see bottom of page on the Foraus website) entitled Smart factory – Industry 4.0 in Vocational Education and Training. They say: Teaching the complex interrelationships of Industry 4.0 in vocational training places new […]

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AI – Humans must be in Command

The European Trade Union Confederation says its aim is “to ensure that the EU is not just a single market for goods and services, but is also a Social Europe, where improving the well being of workers and their families is an equally important priority. The European social model – until the onset of the crisis – helped Europe to become a prosperous, competitive region with high living standards.” The ETUC has published a policy proposal on the development and use of AI under the headline: AI Humans must be in Command. “AI systems are data-driven technologies” they say. “Access […]

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Open Data

Since the sad decline of RSS, we seem to have returned to newsletters as a major means of exchanging knowledge and information. And I subscribe to a lot – probably too many. I used to have a subscription to MIT’s The Algorithm — a weekly artificial intelligence newsletter. And it was pretty good, although perhaps a little US centric. But then it was moved behind a paywall, costing 50 US dollars a year for online access. I don’t really understand that MIT is so short of funding that they need subscriptions to fund their production of an online newsletter. But my […]

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AI and VET: MOOC update

I have spent a little time this morning looking at who participated in the MOOC we ran November and December last year on Artifical Intelligence and Vocational Education and Training. The MOOC was part of the Taccle AI project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme, which has just come to an end. There were 246 enrolled participants in the German speaking MOOC and 154 in the English language version. As might be expected most of the participants in the German language MOOC were from German speaking countries. 204 were from Germany and 29 from Switzerland. There were three participants each from […]

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Clarifying AI ethics

It seems like nearly every day there is a new publication or report about AI and ethics. This is all very good but I am not sure we need more ethics frameworks, rather we need ethical practice. And this is what the JISC publication ‘A pathway towards responsible, ethical AI’ is focused on. Jisc says: Discussions of artificial intelligence (AI) often jump straight to “ethics”. But there may be a better way. Asking simpler questions first may show that a proposal or product isn’t a good fit for the institution anyway. But if it is, the answers to those questions, […]

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Jobs of 270000 shopworkers in UK at threat from AI

Photo by Nathália Rosa on Unsplash I’m old enough to remember the first supermarket, Fine Fare, arriving in my hometown, Swindon. I guess it was sometime in the 1950s. And I remember prior to that my mother queuing in the grocery store for a counter assistant who would go and get whatever was on the shopping list (as long as we had sufficient ration coupons). Of course supermarkets totally changed the world of shops and as importantly the work of the employees. Fast forward to the 1990s. I won a bet (for three beers) with my colleague Professor Gerald Heidegger […]

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Better Images of AI

Alan Warburton / Better Images of AI / Quantified Human / CC-BY 4.0 The image above is taken from a new repository and web site called Better Images of AI The predominance of sci-fi inspired and anthropomorphised images, and the lack of readily accessible alternative images or ideas, make it hard to communicate accurately about AI. This matters because without wider public comprehension of AI technologies, applications and governance, many people are left in the dark as to the important changes that impact their lives. These AI images also add to the public mistrust of AI, a growing problem for […]

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