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Digital Education Action Plan – Action 6

Ethical guidelines on the use of AI and data in teaching and learning for educators

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

AI has great potential to transform education and training for students, teachers and school staff. For example, it could 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. 

The rapid increase in the use of AI systems leads to a growing need for 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 

The European Commission will develop ethical guidelines on the use of AI and data in teaching and learning for educators to help teachers and educators understand the potential that the applications of AI and data have in education and training, and to help them identify and mitigate the risks AI and data could entail. 

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

Key activities

  • Set up of an expert group to develop ethical guidelines on the use of AI and data in teaching and learning 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

Expert group

  • July 2021 – first meeting of the Expert group 
  • June 2022 – final meeting of the Expert group 
  • October 2022 – launch of ethical guidelines on the use of AI and data in teaching and learning for educators  
  • 2023 – publication of a report on the use of AI and data in teaching and learning

Other initiatives

  • 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 HORIZON-CL4-2022-HUMAN-01-19: eXtended Reality Learning - Engage and Interact (IA).  

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

If you are interested to know more about the expert group and its work, you can get in touch with us by email at EAC-AIEXPERTGROUP@ec.europa.eu

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