OEG Pulse: Ask Paul About AI

It’s been a long while since we issued an OEG Pulse poll and effort to initiate some conversation here in OEG Connect. Please help signal for us how to construct ongoing conversations here.

Just a few days ago, OEG’s previous executive director @paulstacey shared a long long valuable post AI From an Open Perspective with his research and perspective on AI… I suggested we try to continue conversation by perhaps zeroing in on the major topics.

Out pulse poll merely asks for which topics most interest you from the suggestions Paul made. Vote but also add a reply below with what top 3 question areas you’d like us to focus on (Paul’s response above includes potential questions) as we hope to collaboratively sort through the implications of AI on openness (and vice versa).

Focus Areas for AI Conversations With Paul
  • AI Source Data
  • Open Licenses for AI
  • AI Tech Stack
  • Understanding AI Models
  • AI and Learning
  • Ethical Considerations
  • AI Regulations
  • Other
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Please include a reply with questions, issues you’d like to raise and/or suggest Other categories. Again, Paul nor us have all the answers, we just want to stimulate more discussions.

We have some votes coming in quickly @paulstacey a very good sign. In the end, of course all the topics I’d hope we can cover over maybe an extended period?

I’d add that under the Learning topic I am interested in the ways open educators are putting AI to use in creation/development of their materials-- your post mentioned @opencontent 's ideas for how OERs might evolve as perhaps prompt driven/prompt enabled. But also thinking about what I learned from Adam Croom about updating an outdated open textbook with ChatGPT as a writing assistant (or as he wrote as an “accelerant”).

Are people using it to develop objectives? content outlines? perhaps to help write assessment questions? develop case studies? Writing prompts? Or using image generators for media – which bleeds into the murky waters of how we can credit and use AI generated imagery in open content.

I’d imagine too that within Regulations or maybe along side it, it’s critical at most places to take on the evolving development of organizational guidelines and policies?

I did not include the important topic you lead with about the relationship or meaning of openness in AI as that weaves through everything, maybe that’s what we come back to?

Lastly, this thought piece by Ari Schulman in the New Atlantis struck me as an insightful look into how this wave of AI is not as dismissable as it has been in the past

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Thank you for getting this discussion going, Alan, and to Paul for the fantastic post!

I’m really interested in the question in Paul’s post around the pedagogical approaches that AI tools may be using or relying on, and whether AI is “automating poor pedagogical practices” (from Paul’s post). I’m thinking about this in part from the perspective of students using AI to support their learning, as well as that of teachers using such tools to help with course or lesson design. I’m also interested in bigger questions around exploring and emphasizing where AI falls short, what humans do much better, in terms of teaching but also other activities, and why/how.

I’m also interested in organizational guidelines and policies, which often have to do with privacy and security but also copyright and ethical questions, so those are all things I’m curious to discuss further too!

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I would like to know why AI, Artificial intelligence can be intelligent when it is just a pulling together information fed to it while generating it’s own information?

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For the 83% of responses for Ethical Considerations, we suggest that you tune in Thursday for Bryan Alexander’s Future Trends Forum session on AI, Ethics, and Higher Education featuring guest Donald Clark.

What are the ethics of using artificial intelligence in higher education?

This week the Future Trends Forum continues our collaborative exploration of emerging AI with a splendid guest, Donald Clark, a lifelong educational technology innovator and teacher, entrepreneur, CEO, professor, author of Artificial Intelligence for Learning, and blogger.

I plan on asking Donald about why academics should use a technology both hyped and criticized. How can learners, instructors, and staff best grapple with AI?

When: 2023-08-17T18:00:00Z2023-08-17T19:00:00Z
Where: https://shindig.com/login/event/aiethicsandmorality

Thanks for this poll Alan.
Loving the responses and fascinating to see the primary areas of interest Ethics, AI and Learning and AI Source Data.

Happy to host a drop-in live session to explore these topics or actively contribute to discussion here.

I’ll aim to join in on the Future Trends Forum session on AI, Ethics, and Higher Education featuring guest Donald Clark tomorrow.


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I too am pleased to see the responses. I’d hoped we could start with a focused discussion here in OEG Connect, where many can be part of the discussion and to get more voices into the mix, plus find a format for (a) sharing helpful resources (b) getting a pulse for what other organizations, institutions are grappling with something was challenging as ethics of systems we have no influence over; and (c) what we can or wish to do.

Or maybe we just leave it to those who are interested in these issues to guide the conversations.

I am refraining from asking ChatGPT for suggestions :wink:

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