An AI generated image to illustrate AI in education

December 21, 2022, by Helen Whitehead

This post was written by a robot… Advent Calendar #21

There’s been quite a bit of buzz around Artificial Intelligence engines recently. It seems like every meeting I go into there’s a group excitedly discussing their researches. Is it a good thing? Will we have to rethink assessment? To contribute to the debate I asked an Artificial Intelligence interface to write a blog post for me about the caveats around using AI in Higher Education. Here’s what it said:

What are the caveats around the use of AI in Higher Education?

While the use of AI in higher education has the potential to greatly enhance the learning experience for students, there are also some important caveats to consider.

First and foremost, it is crucial to ensure that the use of AI in education is ethical and does not discriminate against any particular group of students. This means carefully evaluating the algorithms and data used to power AI systems, and regularly checking for bias or unfair treatment.

Another important caveat is the potential for AI to replace human educators. While AI can certainly support and assist educators, it should not be seen as a replacement for the valuable knowledge and expertise that human educators bring to the classroom.

Lastly, the use of AI in higher education also raises broader questions about the role of technology in education. As AI becomes more prevalent, it is important to strike a balance between using technology to improve the learning experience and not becoming overly reliant on it.

Overall, while the use of AI in higher education has many potential benefits, it is important to carefully consider the potential drawbacks and ensure its use is ethical, fair, and balanced.


So, what do you think? It reads as a perfectly good blog post. Nothing in it is actually wrong. But it’s a bit bland with no real story or personal experience. Why not try out AI for yourself at ChatGPT (free during the research preview but account creation required), or if you want to try out creation of images without having to create an account, try Stable Diffusion (which I used to create the image for this post).

UoN Learning Technologies Advent Calendar #21

  1. Advent Calendar #1: Welcome!
  2. Advent Calendar #2: Habits of Accessible People
  3. Advent Calendar #3: How to get an archive of your Twitter data – and close your account
  4. Advent Calendar #4: Timed Moodle Forum posts
  5. Advent Calendar #5: An academic’s guide to Echo360 Engage in Moodle
  6. Advent Calendar #6: Easily transferring your Teams recordings into Echo360 Engage
  7. Advent Calendar #7: Timed document release in Moodle
  8. Advent Calendar #8: The MHS Faculty Digital Learning Hub 
  9. Advent Calendar #9: Quiz review options in Moodle
  10. Advent Calendar #10: Viewfinder magazine – moving image and sound in education
  11. Advent Calendar #11: Student Engagement Cards resource
  12. Advent Calendar #12: Three keyboard shortcuts to quickly make documents more accessible in Word.
  13. Advent Calendar #13: A pile of Advent ‘gifts’
  14. Advent Calendar #14: Join our team! 
  15. Advent Calendar 15: Universal Design for Learning
  16. Advent Calendar #16: How to use Xerte 360° image viewer
  17. Advent Calendar #17: Speed up your Turnitin marking with pre-populated or custom QuickMark sets
  18. Advent Calendar #18: Creating MS Teams breakout rooms in advance
  19. Advent Calendar #19: Reflection Prompts Toolkit
  20. Advent Calendar #20: Webinars relating to digital learning
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