Tackling the importance of informal learning and open education in AI4Gov project (JSI)

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In our ever-evolving digital world, traditional education often finds itself lagging behind the rapid advancements in technology. As a result, the demand for accessible and adaptable learning avenues becomes increasingly evident. Informal learning and open education offer a dynamic solution to skill development challenges. The project AI4Gov recognizes the importance of open education and we are thrilled to announce the launch of the AI4Gov Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Trustworthy and Democratic AI – Fundamentals”. This course is developed to equip learners worldwide with the foundational understanding about bias in artificial intelligence. Training materials include: text, video lectures, presentation slides, comic books, quizzes.

AI, a realm where machines and algorithms seamlessly blend with our daily lives, shaping the future in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. AI is everywhere, from the personalized recommendations on your favorite streaming platform to the voice-activated virtual assistants simplifying your tasks. It’s revolutionizing healthcare, optimizing logistics, and even contributing to scientific breakthroughs. However, as AI continues to evolve, so does the imperative for it to be explainable, fair, and transparent.

By democratizing the discourse on AI ethics, governance, and technical standards, our aim is to ensure that future AI systems are rooted in principles of fairness, accountability, and transparency. Best of all, this course is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and is offered completely free of charge. Upon completion, learners will receive a digital badge to commemorate their achievement. QR code for accessing the MOOC:

The learning course content comprises from 4 modules each building on different lessons:

Module 1Introduction to Trustworthy and Democratic AI (Fundamentals)
Lesson 1.1What is Artificial Intelligence?
Lesson 1.2The Role of AI in Society
Lesson 1.3The Scope of Trustworthy AI
Lesson 1.4The Importance of Ethical AI
Module 2Bias in AI – Understanding Bias
Lesson 2.1Defining Bias in AI
Lesson 2.2Types of Bias and Sources of Bias
Lesson 2.3Impact of Bias (Real-World Consequences, Bias in Decision-Making, Bias and Discrimination)
Module 3Data and Bias
Lesson 3.1Bias in Data Collection
Lesson 3.2Data Sampling Methods
Lesson 3.3Ethical Data Sourcing
Lesson 3.4Data Pre-processing and Bias Reduction (Data Cleaning for Bias; Fair Data Pre-processing Techniques)
Lesson 3.5Real-world Data Bias Case Studies
Module 4Ethical AI Governance
Lesson 4.1Legal and Regulatory Frameworks (Overview of AI Regulations, GDPR and Data Privacy, National and International AI Policies)

Join us as we explore the foundations of building trustworthy and democratic AI. From understanding the basics of AI to the ethical considerations that underpin responsible AI development, this course is designed for learners of all backgrounds. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, a business professional, in public administration, or simply curious about the forces shaping our digital landscape, this learning course will empower you with the knowledge to navigate the AI-driven world with confidence.

Stay tuned, as the presented MOOC is not the only one – in the future we will develop more MOOCs.

MOOC1“Trustworthy and democratic AI – Fundamentals”Beginner (basics)
MOOC2“Trustworthy and democratic AI – creating awareness and change”Beginner to intermediate (AI4GOV developed results included)
MOOC3“Trustworthy and Democratic AI experts”Intermediate to expert level (AI4GOV developed results included)

Our consortium is committed to empower individuals with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in today’s digital landscape and is working on developing additional materials, promising exciting opportunities for learners to further enhance their knowledge with upcoming advanced courses.

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