2024-03-26 17:30:41

Artificial Intelligence as assistant for course development? - PLA4 Day 1

PROFFORMANCE experts gathered for a peer-learning activity 22 March, to experiment with artificial intelligence, how it could be used effectively for course development keeping in mind ethical and legal requirements.

PROFFORMANCE project aims to support higher education teachers in their teaching and learning activitiy by a complex toolkit comprising an Assessment tool for teachers' competencies, an international Teacher Excellence Database, and the forthcoming short courses designed for flexible, individual online learning. All elements focus on the 4 EHEA priority areas: digitalization, internationalization, inclusion, sustainability.

The planned courses will follow the structure of the Assessment tool and the Teaching Excellence Database and will offer 16 modules to choose from, providing the possibility to accomplish 8 different courses, when completeing all.

The courses will guide participants on how to make course design, learning and teaching and assessment more digitalized, internationalized, inclusive and comprising sustainability content and methodology. The courses will apply microlearning concept, in order to give utmost flexibility to higher education teachers, choosing the parts of the learning where they need some further support. 

The courses planned to comprise a guideline and a toolkit in one, offering practical exercises, case studies, and also interactivity to make it motivating and inspiring for the renewal of everyday practices.

In order to achieve all these aims, experts previously agreed on the final structure of the courses and the modules, prepared the outline of each modules, and started to discuss the content and the exercises for each parts.

At the PLA, after introductory presentations, focusing on how AI works, how it can be used effectively and ethically, experts experimented with AI prompting, how it works in the different parts of the course development. Experts worked first indiidually, then in groups, finally there have been a plenary disucssion on their experience. Actually based on previous experiences, and the quality of prompts they not surprisingly recieved various results both in content and quality. 

The first conlusion have been that, co-creation of AI and the experts is necessary, content should be double checked not only contentwise but also to appropriately refer to the original sources. Secondly, quality of prompts are essential in order to save not to waste time when using AI. And all agreed that finding the balance to use its potential for inspiration and keeping academic integrity and ethics is crucial.

Work will be continued and the courses are planned to be available for the wide public in 2025.