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Academic paper: Governing generative AI in higher education


You can find the full paper and deck here.


Context:


👉The University of Pittsburgh hired me to help with thinking through generative AI adoption.


👉In addition to the internal deliverables, we published some of our insights in an academic paper, in which we developed a new approach to the governance of generative AI in higher education. 


👉The paper was published in FAccT, one of the most prominent venues in AI ethics. 


👉The paper is a collaborative effort. I was fortunate to collaborate with a spectacular group of 30 collaborators. Special shout out to Lisa Parker!



➤  Title


Responsible Adoption of Generative AI in Higher Education: Developing a “Points to Consider” Approach Based on Faculty Perspectives



➤  Abstract


💡This paper proposes an approach to the responsible adoption of generative AI in higher education, employing a “points to consider” approach that is sensitive to the goals, values, and structural features of higher education.


💡Higher education’s ethos of collaborative faculty governance, pedagogical and research goals, and embrace of academic freedom conflict, the paper argues, with centralized top-down approaches to governing AI that are common in the private sector.


💡The paper is based on a semester-long effort at the University of Pittsburgh which gathered and organized perspectives on generative AI in higher education through a collaborative, iterative, interdisciplinary process that included recurring group discussions, three standalone focus groups, and an informal survey.


💡The paper presents insights drawn from this effort—that give rise to the “points to consider” approach the paper develops.


💡These insights include the benefits and risks of potential uses of generative AI In higher education, as well as barriers to its adoption, and culminate in the six normative points to consider when adopting and governing generative AI in institutions of higher education.



➤  The full paper and deck are available at the links below. 



➤  How do other institutions handle generative AI? Join the conversation on LinkedIn!

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