Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in International Education: Application, Impact and Ethical Considerations
What is artificial intelligence (AI), and how can or should it be used for the betterment of international education? Institutions across the globe are increasingly adopting AI to assist with student acquisition, operational efficiency, learning and engagement, and student support. It has the potential to widen access and participation, personalize the educational experience for learners, and improve decision-making while relieving some of the pressures of time-intensive administrative work.
In recent years, we have also seen governments take significant strides in deploying AI as part of immigration processes, whereby through machine learning and the development of algorithms, inputs are gleaned for legal research, prediction and trend analysis. AI has the potential to improve efficiency in addressing backlogs related to study permit applications; however, the use of technology can also create new vulnerabilities for international learners.
How can we, as a sector, harness the power of AI and ensure that it is being developed and deployed through a thoughtful and responsible lens? As we work to improve our policies and systems – making them more equitable, inclusive, and reflective of all people – the same considerations must be made with regard to our technology. How do we balance the future potential of AI to improve efficiency and efficacy with the reality of safeguarding privacy and vulnerability and ensuring it is fair and equitable in practice?
This plenary panel will explore key dimensions of the developing landscape of AI as it relates to international education, with a focus on its promise and possibilities, the risks and possible harm, and the frameworks and mechanisms needed to guide its ethical application.
Dr. Christian is an Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was counsel with the National Litigation Sector at the federal Department of Justice where he conducted electronic discovery in high profile litigation involving the Government of Canada. His research interests are in artificial intelligence (AI) and law, legal impacts of new and emerging technologies among other areas. In 2019, he was featured as an AI subject matter expert in the Udocs original documentary film “The A.I. Taxman”.
Dr. Christian is also the founder and president of African Scholars Initiative (ASI-Canada), a registered Canadian charity that seeks to attract and mentor graduate students of African descent who intend to pursue graduate studies in Canada. Dr. Christian has appeared before the House of Commons Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) as an expert on the use of AI in immigration decisions. He has also appeared before the Committee on other occasions to advocate for fair study permit immigration policies for international students from Africa.
Since co-founding the LIZ, Hersh has helped grow it into a leader in the legal innovation space and has worked with law firms, corporations, and governments, nationally and internationally, to help identify and better prepare them to take advantage of the opportunities technology and other innovations present in today’s ever-changing world. He has spoken extensively on the impact technology will have on the future of legal services and on the skills necessary to take advantage of the new emerging markets being opened by tech and innovation. Hersh is considered a valued mentor and advisor to dozens of legal tech startups and continues to connect with companies from around the world.
Hersh has previously served as Chief of Staff of Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence practice and spent 5 years at Queens Park as a Senior Advisor to several ministers and before that spent a decade fundraising in the not-for-profit world.