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2024 Academic Coordinators Workshop (in person), Bonn, 13-14 June 2024

Artificial Intelligence and Development Studies: Designing a Roadmap for the coming Years

Venue: EADI seminar room, Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse 13, 53113 Bonn, Germany

As AI rapidly transforms the world around us, its influence on development studies and social sciences has become more discussed, in particular the balance between educational opportunities and pragmatic and ethical challenges. This workshop brings together academics, teachers, practitioners, and coordinators to discuss:

  • Best uses of AI in the classroom: adapting teaching/exams/classroom experience.

  • Ethical issues around AI in education: understanding the different challenges created by AI in education.

  • New development challenges due to AI: insights on how IA creates new challenges from a development perspective, with insights from the African context.

In addition, the workshop will include ample space for discussion, a participatory World Café, and a special working visit to the UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) office located at the UN Campus in Bonn. 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with the community of educators and teachers in development studies! 

Application is compulsory, deadline 30 April 2024. Please apply here

Please note: Once we have received all applications, you will be notified by email whether your application was successful.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr. Isabel Fischer, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Warwick Business School) 

Prof. Ben du Boulay, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence (University of Sussex)  

Dr. Melody Musoni, Policy Officer, Digital Economy and Governance (ECDPM) 

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Programme:

Thursday: Presentations and Discussion

12:00 – 12:30

Welcome words and introduction by Susanne von Itter, and Presentation of EADI activities and network by Basile Boulay

12:30 – 13:30

Session 1 - Best uses of AI in the classroom: adapting teaching/exams/classroom experience. Presentation by Dr. Isabel Fischer (Warwick Business School, UK), followed by an interactive exchange.

13:30 – 14:00

Coffee and cake

14:00 – 15:00

Session 2-Ethical issues in education: understanding the different challenges created by AI in education. Presentation by Prof. Ben du Boulay (Sussex University, UK), followed by an interactive exchange.

15:30 – 17:00

Visit of UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), Bonn UN Campus.

19:00

Dinner (not covered by organisers: at participants’ expense)

 

Friday: World Café and Sharing Practices

09:00 – 10:30

World Café: AI and development studies – part 1/2

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee and cake

11:00 – 12:00

Session 3New development challenges due to AI: insights from the African context and what could be integrated into future curricula. Presentation by Dr.Melody Musoni (ECDPM, Netherlands), followed by an interactive exchange.

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch at EADI (catered)

14:00 – 15:00

World Café: AI and development studies – part 2/2

15:00 – 15:30

Concluding remarks and opportunities for participants to give feedback and network.

Isabel Fischer is an Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems at Warwick Business School. Her research focuses on digital technologies, education, and social inclusion. Central to her research is the exploration of effective digital teaching and learning concepts across disciplines and an emphasis on using digital tools to contribute to fairness in education. Recently, Isabel led Warwick’s AI in education work, including the development of a personalised AI-based formative feedback tool for students’ written assessments. Leveraging her extensive industry background in the digital payment sector, Isabel brings a unique perspective to her keynote addresses on AI in Education.

Benedict du Boulay is an Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex and Visiting Professor at University College London. His primary research area is the application of Artificial Intelligence in Education.  He is particularly interested in issues around modelling and developing students’ metacognition and motivation.  He was President (2015-2017) of the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education. He has edited/written 12 books and written some 190 papers. This includes editing a Handbook of AI in Education published in 2023.

Melody Musoni is a Digital Governance and Digital Economy Policy Officer at ECDPM, a ‘think and do tank’ based in The Netherlands. She is also the founder of AIfrica Conversations, an initiative uniting African voices to explore how artificial intelligence shapes social, economic, and political realms, with a focus on effective regulation. A seasoned speaker, Melody has contributed to global forums like the Internet Governance Forum, the Transform Africa Summit and engaged with institutions such as the EU Digital for Development Hub and the OECD. Melody previously worked as a data protection senior expert and advisor at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and also has a decade long experience in both legal practice and academia where she specialised in privacy law, cybersecurity, and information technology law in South Africa. She holds a PhD degree in cybercrime law and cloud computing law.