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Episode 38

AI, Data Governance, and the Classroom Revolution in Higher Ed

Brief description of the episode

Michael Lyons, Chief Information Officer at MassBay Community College, highlights the evolving role of AI in classrooms and more generally, in education. The conversation aims at discussing the challenge of data governance for education and intellectual property. Michael delves into the challenges and considerations faced by academic peers in maintaining academic integrity within an AI-infused environment.

Key Takeaways:

  • AI’s swift rise from relative obscurity to widespread recognition within months has generated extensive discussions and raised awareness about its potential applications.
  • Faculty members have embraced AI as a tool to enhance educational experiences, sparking conversations about its role in augmenting teaching and learning.
  • Detection tools face challenges as online tutorials demonstrate techniques to modify AI-generated content, leading to ongoing debates on the boundary between augmentation and cheating.
  • Comparing AI’s role to past instances like search engines and tools like Wolfram Alpha, discussions delve into the nuanced difference between artificial intelligence and augmented intelligence in education.
  • Data governance plays a critical role when integrating AI tools in education, ensuring secure and compliant data handling.
  • Considerations about data protection, security, and adherence to state and federal regulations are a must.
  • The vetting process, curation, and thorough fact-checking are essential to maintain the accuracy and credibility of AI-generated content.
  • Faculty should guide students on responsible AI use as students need to understand the ethical implications of AI.
  • Educators should stay informed and connected with AI trends, utilizing resources like podcasts and dedicated websites.
  • Educators should offer guidance in using technology effectively and critically to steer clear of the misconception that younger generations are inherently tech-savvy due to growing up with technology.
  • Position AI as an assistive tool to enhance teaching and learning, encouraging critical thinking and responsible use among students.
  • Combine AI integration with human interaction to create a well-rounded educational experience that fosters engagement and mentorship.

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