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AI & Ethics – a mini-MOOC

As part of Jisc’s exploration of Artificial Intelligence, we’ve created a free “mini-MOOC” (mini, because you should be able to complete it in 30 minutes, or longer if you do the additional reading). We’re planning to run it monthly, but you can sign up any time for the next run.

The course, and the format are both new, so we’d really welcome your feedback. There’s a comment form at the end of the course, or you can comment on this blog post.


If you’re interested in Artificial Intelligence, and have half an hour to spare, Jisc’s new “mini-MOOC” is designed for you. We hear a lot about how we should be worried about “AI”, usually illustrated with an image from Terminator. But most of us frequently use AI, without even noticing, to do things that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago. Through videos, articles and exercises, the course explores why that might be. We hope it’ll help you think about your own uses of AI and how you can make them more likely to be perceived as useful rather than creepy. And if you haven’t got a whole half-hour, you can even split the course into four shorter chunks!

This mini-MOOC is open to all learners from Jisc member institutions. The MOOC includes commenting on other students’ posts, so we are granting access in “waves”, so that there is a group passing through together each month. We hope this will encourage you to discuss your ideas. This may mean that there is a short wait between applying to do the course and being granted access. We’ll advertise the next starting date (usually the start of the month), in case you need to plan.

We currently have an enrolment limit for each “wave”. If you’re from an eligible Jisc member institution you will be accepted as soon as we have space; we appreciate your patience in awaiting the confirmation email.

By Andrew Cormack

I'm Chief Regulatory Advisor at Jisc, responsible for keeping an eye out for places where our ideas, services and products might raise regulatory issues. My aim is to fix either the product or service, or the regulation, before there's a painful bump!

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