2 August 2023

Feedback sought to help ensure AI use makes the grade in our schools

| Andrew McLaughlin
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The draft framework document released by an education taskforce calls for feedback from teachers, parents and guardians, students and other stakeholders by 16 August. Image: www.vpnsrus.com.

A federal and state education taskforce has released a draft framework document calling for advice on how best to safely and effectively use artificial intelligence (AI) in schools nationwide.

The release comes after education ministers agreed in March to establish the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Taskforce to develop a draft framework for using AI in schools.

The taskforce comprises representatives from all states and territories and the Federal Government, the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO), the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), and Education Services Australia (ESA).

The 16-page consultation document, titled Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools, calls for feedback from teachers, parents, students and other stakeholders by 16 August, 2023. The consultation process is being led by the NSW Department of Education.

The document contains a draft framework that sets out core elements and principles to guide education systems in using generative AI safely and ethically to improve teaching and learning, lift student outcomes, and reduce the administrative and workload burden in schools.

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“Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has transformative potential to improve teaching and learning in Australian schools,” the document reads.

“For students, it can help to synthesise complex ideas, create personalised content, and provide targeted and instantaneous feedback. For teachers, it can tailor instruction, simplify planning, and streamline administrative tasks.

“The growing accessibility and sophistication of generative AI tools provide opportunities to develop human-like generated text and rich multimedia content in a way that has not previously been possible.

“The framework is an evolving document that articulates the principles underpinning the safe and ethical use of generative AI tools in Australian schools. It has been designed as a principles-based framework that provides the necessary foundation for the development of practical guidance to schools on the safe and ethical use of generative AI.”

In a 28 July statement, Federal Education Minister Jason Clare said: “AI is not going away. Like the calculator or the internet, we need to learn how to grapple with this new technology.

“There are lots of opportunities, but there are also challenges and risks. We need to make sure students use AI for good and get the marks they deserve and don’t use it to cheat, while also ensuring their privacy is protected.”

The draft framework document can be found here, and feedback can be left here.

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