The Institute for Ethical AI in Education

Organization Mission: The IEAIED will work to develop frameworks and mechanisms to help ensure that the use of AI across education is designed and deployed ethically. Our strategic ambition is to enable the UK to be a world leader in ethical AI for education. We aim to do this by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a code of practice that protect the vulnerable and disadvantaged and maximises the benefits of AI across society.

To maximise the benefit that AI could bring to education, we must ensure that AI technologies, practices and proponents are aligned with the moral values and ethical principles of a ‘Good AI Society’ (Floridi, 2018). Ethics must be ‘designed in’ to every aspect of AI in education and training from the inception of an idea for an AI product or service to the scaled adoption of that AI within society. Educational institutions and practitioners are responsible for the pedagogical, emotional, physical and moral wellbeing of their students, and employees, and the ethical context of these responsibilities with respect to the fast approaching AI revolution needs much more careful attention.

The IEAIED will identify the assumptions about human behaviour and intelligence that underlie current AI development and innovation. We will consider how social values are currently embedded and manifested in AI design. How ethical frameworks can in future be grounded on responsible innovation in all applications of educational AI. We will also examine how AI in education avoids prioritising undesirable aspects of learning at the expense of other beneficial aspects, which could fundamentally distort the process of learning, and human development.

The Institute for Ethical Al in Education was conceived by Sir Anthony Seldon, Priya Lakhani OBE, and Professor Rose Luckin in the summer of 2018, and launched in October of that year, with the aim of developing an ethical framework that would enable all learners to benefit optimally from AI in education, whilst also being protected against the known risks this technology presents. The Institute has been chaired by Lord Tim Clement-Jones, and its day-to-day operations have been led by Tom Moule.

After a programme of wide consultation, the Institute has now published The Ethical Framework for AI in Education, which draws upon the insights of a wide range of stakeholders that were heard during a series of roundtables and at The Global Summit on the Ethics of AI in Education. The Framework brings together their views and values, and is designed to support leaders and practitioners in any educational setting to make decisions related to the procurement and application of Al in education.

Adopting a simple structure, the Framework sets out the principles underlying the ethical use of Al in education, and states the actions that leaders and practitioners should take in order to help ensure that they are procuring and applying Al in an ethical way.

The Institute has now concluded its 2.5 year task, and is no longer operating. That said, the need to apply ethical principles to AI in education will only grow year on year.