Professor Kalervo Gulson
Professor Kalervo Gulson in the School of Education and Social Work, is a researcher in education policy and advances in artificial intelligence. He studies how schools can grapple with and respond to rapid changes in technology in the education sector, which are known as EdTech.
“We know teachers are already experiencing heavy workloads and this new technology could help ease the pressure, so long as the implementation doesn’t create even more work,” said Professor Gulson.
“We don’t recommend automated grading in high stakes testing where the results might impact the student’s future or the school’s funding,” Professor Gulson said. “And like all types of artificial intelligence in schools, it is important that the people impacted by it understand what it will do, and have a say in its introduction”.
Co-author Professor Greg Thompson, from Queensland University of Technology, is a former high school teacher and an expert in education assessments. He reinforced that: “We should continue to be cautious about any technology that relies on opaqueness being used to make consequential decisions in schools. More time and effort is needed to be spent on opening these systems up to improve both scrutiny and understanding”.