Understand AI ethical challenges before employing it, panelists say

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By Muhammad Hashid Jaffar

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – Six education specialists discussed the ethics of using Generative AI in education during a March 7 symposium at the American University of Sharjah.

The panelists – all established academics – said instructors need to ensure they understand the ethical challenges associated with GenAI before they can start implementing such technologies responsibly.

The event, titled “Education in the Age of Generative AI,” lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the audience of about two dozen people consisted mainly of faculty.

The speakers were Dr. Nancy W. Gleason, Dr. Tasneem Anwar, Prof. R. Indarjani S. Soeratno, Prof. Berry Billingsley, Prof. Michael J. Reiss, and Dr. Sami Bachir Mejri.

The symposium aimed to broadly explore GenAI’s effects on various disciplines, but particularly science and engineering. 

Besides raising ethical issues, the speakers shed light on how the education landscape needs to evolve considering the rapid spread of such tools. 

The specialists also shared strategies for harnessing GenAI in the classroom.

The event was organized by the Education Across Disciplines endowed-chair program within the College of Arts and Sciences.