Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most prevalent technology trends in higher education going into 2023. AI can be used to improve and enhance the educational experience for students, providing personalized learning tailored for each student and offering novel ways of accessibility.
AI can help to improve student engagement with course materials, contributing to a successful outcome. However, there are also potential ethical concerns which need to be addressed, including fairness, bias, and the potential for AI to replace human teachers in the future.
The ethics of Artificial Intelligence in higher education, thus, is a complex yet paramount matter that needs attention and prompt discussion due to some key ethical concerns, including: (See the original post for further explanation of the topics below)
Bias and discrimination
Privacy and security
Access and inclusion
Transparency and accountability
Replacing human teachers
AI is a valuable tool for supporting education. However, it should not be used to replace human teachers altogether. The human element is critical for fostering critical thinking and creativity. Students must have access to both human and AI-based educational resources.
It is essential to consider the benefits that adopting AI systems brings to institutions, teaching, and learning. It is equally important to recognize the drawbacks of using AI in education and to take the necessary steps to mitigate any negative impact. Humans, not Artificial Intelligence systems, need to be ethical for the AI systems to work correctly. After all, creating and deploying AI systems is a human responsibility.