Global Statement on Artificial Intelligence

Background and Project Purpose

AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines. Rapid advancements in AI are revolutionizing virtually all industries impacting how and where work is being done. It is predicted that many current jobs could be replaced in-part or in-full by AI and that a new workforce and mentality about workforce training will be needed.

AI is clearly transforming the field of professional technical education, and training (PTET) and WFCP recognizes that AI is disruptive to the fundamental way PTET educational institutions function. The emergence and expansion of AI clearly involves great opportunity accompanied by great risks. AI provides opportunities to enhance the realm of education, benefiting both educators and learners alike. Opportunities include but are not limited to personalized learning experiences, personal tutoring, virtual and immersive reality and automated assessment processes. However, the usage of these tools brings with it risks and ethical concerns related to data privacy, security, algorithmic bias, and more yet to be considered.

The focus of this project will be to:

1. Identify the opportunities AI provides to enhance learning, teaching and equity of access to PTET. This would include a general overview of how AI is currently being used in the PTET sector as well as where it appears to be going in the future. The review of the current AI use in PTET will include case studies, insights into future developments and examples of AI tools such as generative AI that support PTET providers and the individual learner journey.

2. Provide recommendations for an ethics framework around the use of AI and its potential risks – this would touch on themes such as assessment, malpractice, data ownership and mitigating an increase in digital poverty (as we saw during the pandemic) across the globe.

3. Speak to PTET staff and administrators who are using AI tools highlighting the best practices in professional development with respect to artificial intelligence globally. A comprehensive look will need to explore how AI is expected to impact PTET and the workforce in the future.

The statement will be representative of all WFCP members and at the same time have application at national, sub-national and local levels. It should cast a forward-looking perspective.

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