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The Promise and Perils of GenAI in Higher Education

This video features a panel discussion on the role of generative AI in education and ethical considerations surrounding AI use.

This video features a panel discussion on the role of generative AI in education and ethical considerations surrounding AI use.

Video Summary

 In this video from Education Summit ’23, the panelists highlight the use of AI to improve student learning experiences as well as the potential perils of GenAI tools. The panelists agree that GenAI can potentially prompt innovation in education. But they also caution that there may be negative consequences, such as the decline in academic integrity and the pressure to cheat. All speakers emphasize the importance of understanding the capabilities and limitations of AI technology and using it ethically in education.

Key Points from the Video

🔵 Anna Arendt uses chatbots and GenAI in various ways in her classes. She requires students to use multiple tools to compare their answers, rephrase questions, ask about possible visual representations of concepts, and compare the AI’s answers with their own. These exercises help students learn how to use AI tools for their education and for conversational skills.

🔵 Renée Cummings has also incorporated AI into her classroom. She uses GenAI to grade quizzes, provide feedback to students, and help them improve their writing skills.

🔵 Hannah Kapoor, a newly minted graduate from Princeton University, has used AI to generate avatars for her name tags and improve her copywriting skills. She believes that incorporating AI into classrooms can help students become more adaptable to new technologies and improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

🔵 Using GenAI tools can help level the playing field in the classroom, making it more accessible to all students.

🔵 There are ethical considerations and potential risks associated with the use of large language models in higher education, such as intellectual property, contract law, and questions surrounding copyright. It’s important to ensure that students are thinking critically about intellectual property and the need to distinguish between language models and knowledge models.

🔵 There is currently a lack of understanding surrounding how these tools should be adjudicated, particularly in the context of violations of the honor code. The culture surrounding AI in education may be one of fear, which could hinder the adoption and exploration of these tools. Educators should have conversations with students about their perceptions of cheating in order to better understand how these tools should be used in the classroom.

🔵 Faculty members should start by understanding the fundamental principles of AI and its potential pitfalls, and then use this knowledge to provide resources and tools to help students navigate the technology.

🔵 GenAI may prompt innovation in education. New types of creativity will be required from teachers to adapt to this changing landscape. While some students may consciously or unconsciously cheat and abuse the AI model, others may simply use it as a tool to improve their communication skills. There’s a need for open experimentation to effectively integrate AI tools into the classroom.

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