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AI in Education Bi-weekly Digest - Issue #5


Welcome to the latest edition of AI in Education Bi-weekly Digest. In this edition, we focus on the latest news, events, and resources related to ethical AI in education. We cover the potential risks and benefits of AI in education, including the use of ChatGPT in higher education, the impact of AI on global literacy efforts, and the growing need for transparency and ethical considerations in the development and use of AI technology. We also highlight a range of events and resources for educators and students, including the upcoming GAIN Generative AI Conference and the LAION dataset for text-to-image models. We hope you find this edition informative and useful.


Events & Activities:

How to Build an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot for Higher Education@ CUHK – Although the practical workshop was full. But don’t miss the chance to join the waiting list to reserve a priority seat for the next round of the workshop.


GAIN – Generative AI Insight (Generative AI Conference) - We are excited that we have more experts joining us to share a variety of hottest topics in generative AI in education. Registration will be open soon. Visit our website to learn more!


News and Interviews:

Artificial Intelligence Changing the Landscape of Learning in Utah, US - AI is changing the landscape of learning in Utah, United States. The news highlights how AI is being used in education to personalize learning experiences for students, provide real-time feedback, and enhance teacher effectiveness with examples from schools in Utah.


ChatGPT’s Artificial Intelligence Can Produce Artificial Truth - OpenAI's ChatGPT, a large language model, has the potential to produce what the author calls "artificial truth" - a version of reality created by algorithms that may not necessarily reflect the truth. The article argues that the use of AI in generating news and other content can lead to biased, inaccurate, and manipulated information, which can have serious consequences for society.

Artificial Intelligence Could Make a Difference for Young Readers around The World – Or Make Literacy even Less Equitable - AI can be used to promote literacy and education for young readers around the world. The article highlights the work of Worldreader, a nonprofit organization that uses AI-powered tools to provide access to digital books and educational resources to children in low-income countries. Overall, the article underscores the potential of AI to support global literacy efforts and promote educational equity.

Articles & Blogs:

WEIRD AI: Understanding What Nations Include in Their Artificial Intelligence plans - The author, Joshua P. Meltzer, analyzes the contents of AI plans from over 25 countries, highlighting the unique and sometimes unexpected approaches taken by different nations. The article provides valuable insights into the global AI landscape and offers policymakers, researchers, and industry leaders a better understanding of the current state of AI development and the potential implications for future economic, social, and political systems.


Do Chatbot Tutors Work Better When They’re Upbeat – and Female – An interesting, yet insightful, study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois to determine whether the tone and gender of chatbot tutors have an impact on student learning outcomes. The study involved over 300 undergraduate students suggests that the tone and gender of chatbot tutors can influence student learning outcomes and should be taken into consideration when designing AI-powered educational tools.


Can AI Improve Education? Here Are 4 Potential Use Cases - The article presents four potential use cases for AI in education, including personalized learning, intelligent tutoring, automated grading, and smart content. By analyzing each use case, the article provides valuable insights into the potential benefits and challenges of integrating AI into education and highlights the need for collaboration between educators, policymakers, and technology developers to ensure that AI is used in a way that benefits all students.


What Educators Think About Using AI in Schools - The article discusses the results of a survey conducted to explore educators' attitudes towards the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in schools. The survey involved over 1,000 educators from K-12 schools across the United States and covered topics such as the potential benefits and challenges of using AI, the perceived impact on student learning outcomes, and the ethical considerations of AI in education. The article provides valuable insights into the current state of AI adoption in education and highlights the need for further research, collaboration, and professional development to ensure that AI is used in a way that supports student success.

ChatGPT is Going to Change Education, Not Destroy It - ChatGPT can help with automating tasks such as grading and providing personalized feedback to students. However, the article argues that the model should not replace human teachers, but rather be used as a tool to enhance their effectiveness. The article also highlights the potential ethical and privacy concerns associated with the use of AI in education and emphasizes the need for proper governance and regulation to ensure that AI is used in a responsible and ethical way.


The 5 Biggest Risks of Generative AI, According to An Expert - The five biggest risks associated with Generative AI include (1) the potential for AI-generated content to be used for malicious purposes such as deepfakes, (2) the possibility of biased or discriminatory output, (3) the risk of AI-generated content being used to spread misinformation, (4) the potential for AI to be used for surveillance and privacy violations, and (5) the potential for AI-generated content to replace human creativity and originality. The article emphasizes the need for ethical considerations and regulation in the development and use of Generative AI to mitigate these risks and ensure that the technology is used in a responsible and beneficial way.


Can Turnitin Cure Higher Ed’s AI Fever? - The article discusses Turnitin's new solution to combat cheating in academia using artificial intelligence (AI). The solution uses AI algorithms to analyze student work and detect potential instances of plagiarism or cheating. While the technology has the potential to improve academic integrity, some faculty members have raised concerns about the accuracy of the AI algorithms, potential bias, and the impact on student privacy. The article highlights the need for transparency and ethical considerations in the development and use of AI technology in academia to ensure that it is used in a responsible and fair manner.

Tools/Resources:

Disclaimer: AI in Education has no affiliation with any highlighted free or commercial products in this section.

LAION – LAION provides several free large datasets of image-caption pairs from the Common Crawl which allows AI researchers to test or test their text-to-image models.

FlowGPT – As we have mentioned that prompt engineering is one of the hottest topic in generative AI, FlowGPT is a community of the collective wisdom inspiring you to prepare yourself with innovative prompts.


ForeFront Chat – A new application to bring GPT-4’s features for free. Additionally, you can chat with over 80 personas ranging from historical figures to pop stars.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the linked posts are those of the speakers and or their entities and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the project AI in Education, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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