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Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and related automated decision-making processes are becoming increasingly embedded in the tissue of digital societies. Their impact cuts across different political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of our lives. On the one hand, AI can be used to drive economic growth, enable smart and low-carbon cities, and optimize the management of scarce resources such as food, water and energy. On the other hand, AI can also be used in a manner that infringes on human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of expression and privacy, and risks exacerbating existing socioeconomic and gender inequalities. Furthermore, the implementation of AI systems may lead to values-driven dilemmas and complex problems, often requiring trade-offs that can only be addressed through broad societal consensus.

This guide focuses on the question of how the development of AI policies can be made inclusive. Multistakeholder approaches to policymaking are part of the answer because they create the space for learning, deliberation, and the development of informed solutions. They help decision makers consider diverse viewpoints and expertise, prevent capture by vested interests, and counteract polarization of policy discourse. A multistakeholder approach to AI policy development and the consultation of stakeholders from different backgrounds and expertise are necessary to be able to develop a relevant and applicable policy for the national context.

The objective of this guide is to support policymakers in ministries and parliaments in the design and implementation of inclusive AI policies, while empowering stakeholders including civil society, businesses, technical community, academia, media, and citizens, to participate in and influence these policy processes

The report includes a ‘baseline’ of the challenges, practices and new developments during the pandemic, examples of research and innovation in online assessment, and the supportive (or non-supportive) national policies and frameworks that define the context of assessment for the institutions. It also includes practical examples (‘Good practices’) from SIG members that can help, if not inspire developing better practice and new thinking in other member institutions.

The aim of this interdisciplinary initiative is to create a sustainable, long-term intervention to embed technology enhanced learning in research led teaching, ensuring that students have a highly developed awareness of the potential for proactive learning through digital methodologies, and to help teaching staff further develop their capacity to integrate our portfolio of digital resources and datasets into their teaching materials.

In this special publication, colleagues from across the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA), including GMIT, IT Sligo and LYIT, share insights and innovations on their teaching and learning practice over the last 18 months. Many will touch on their experiences of adapting to remote learning and teaching during COVID, and also reflect on lessons learnt and plans for the future. The DigitalEd.ie Knowledge Platform forms part of the iNOTE project, funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Ireland.

This is a Moodle alternative to tools like Trello, Padlet, wallwisher etc. The plugin has many advantages over the existing commercial alternatives including areas such as accessibility, data protection and the fact that the student contributions when they use this tool can be easily used for assessment. The plugin will be available for all Moodle users worldwide free of charge.

This resource was developed from a SATLE 2018 Initiative: Enhancing the digital teaching capabilities of experienced online instructors and the digital learning capabilities of their students .

Using interaction to build vibrant live online classes is an essential aspect of teaching and learning in an era of remote and online learning. Interaction in live classes helps to promote a sense of belonging and enhances learning through feedback and dialogue. Interaction is a shared endeavour which requires co-production between educators and students to flourish.

This project asked educators and students to share their experiences of online learning to identify what interaction looks like in an online class and what behaviours can enhance interaction.

Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Licensing

A National Forum webinar -Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Licensing- took place on 11 June 2019. The webinar provided an overview of open licensing using Creative Commons licenses and featured the published resource, the National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit (itself an OER).