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Digital Education Action Plan – Action 6

Artificial intelligence and data usage in education and training 

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) systems are part of our everyday lives. As they continue to evolve and data usage increases, it is very important to develop a better understanding of their impact on the world around us, including education and training. 

AI has great potential to transform education and training for students, teachers and school staff. It could, for example, help to reduce early school leaving, to compensate for learning difficulties and to support teachers with differentiated or individualised learning through language learning apps, text-to-speech generators, AI mentors for learners and more. 

As this happens, there is a growing need for researchers, educators and students to have a basic understanding of AI and data usage in order to be able to engage positively, critically and ethically with this technology and to exploit its full potential. 

Objectives 

To help citizens to understand the potential that the applications of AI and data usage have in education and to raise awareness of the possible risks, the European Commission will develop ethical guidelines on AI and data usage in teaching and learning. 

The Commission will also support related research and innovation activities through the Horizon Europe programme and develop a training programme for researchers and students on the ethical aspects of AI and data usage. 

Key activities

  • the setting up of an expert group to develop ethical guidelines on AI and data usage in education and training to be shared with teachers and educators
  • support relevant activities under Horizon Europe, including
    • a call for proposals for training – ‘HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-91: Ensuring the reliability of and trust in the quality of research ethics expertise in the context of new/emerging technologies’
    • a call on extended reality in education and training

Expected results/deliverables

  • the promotion of the ethical use of AI and data for teaching and learning 
  • the enhancement of skills and knowledge on ‘ethics by design for AI’ among university students and researchers, accompanied by a target of 45% female participation in training activities
  • the encouragement of the use of extended reality in education and training 

Timeline

  • July 2021 – first meeting of the Expert group 
  • June 2022 – final meeting of the Expert group 
  • September 2022 – launch of ethical guidelines on artificial intelligence (AI) and data usage in teaching and learning for educators  
  • By the end of 2021 – launch of the call for proposals ‘HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-91: Ensuring the reliability of and trust in the quality of research ethics expertise in the context of new/emerging technologies’ 
  • By the end of 2021 – launch of the call on extended reality (XR) in education and training 

Funding

This action is funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes.

Get in touch

If you are interested to know more about this action, you can get in touch with us by email at
EAC-DIGITALEDUCATION@ec.europa.eu.

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