Camilo José Cela University trains its educators to promote the use of artificial intelligence

The second day of the fourth edition of the international meeting on education, the Global Education Forum (GEF), took place today at the Villafranca Campus of UCJC, where teachers from SEK Education Group – both from Camilo José Cela University (UCJC) and SEK International Schools – met to be given expert training on artificial intelligence, as well as collaboration between educators to implement good practices with this technology in teaching and learning experience.

At the opening, the rector of UCJC, Hector Escamilla, stated that “starting in September, in 100% of the UCJC degree subjects we will use AI to carry out projects and allow students to learn in the best possible way.”

Dan Levy, professor at Harvard University, gave a masterclass to an audience of 400 educators from UCJC and SEK International Schools, showcasing cases in which artificial intelligence is used at his university. “ChatGPT is neither good nor bad for teaching. “Its different uses can lead to different levels of learning, and our challenge is to think about how to use this technology to help them learn and not limit them in their training.”

AI solutions for teachers

Fernando Diaz del Castillo, Chief Learning and Technology Office at Mentu, stated that “artificial intelligence helps increase our own intelligence and collaborate and learn with others” and that “we face the erosion of truth and trust systems that underpin our societies. Therefore, the role of the teacher teaching this topic to students will be fundamental.”

Meanwhile, Andres Pedreño, founder of 1MillonBot, offered tools and resources for the teaching faculty. “We must embrace the culture of rapid change.” In his opinion, “any complex problem that has a lot of data, such as climate change or diseases like cancer, are susceptible to very powerful computational systems that create patterns, which is why we need AI to survive.” He also said that “everything that involves fundamental rights should have people behind it, not artificial intelligence, for example, a trial or a medical decision should not be resolved by artificial intelligence.”

To design learning experiences with artificial intelligence, Estíbaliz Pérez, founder of Edunova and Melchor Gomez, professor at UNAM, showed how to use generative artificial intelligence prompts to provide ideas that help teachers prepare classes. According to Gómez, “teachers must know how to free themselves from repetitive tasks and save time with the help of AI and focus on carrying out creative tasks with their students.”

The day focused on the design of learning experiences with artificial intelligence and the solutions that this technology offers to students and teachers, in addition to showing a multitude of practical cases of success in the use of AI in schools and universities. UCJC counted on the participation of students and professors who also presented use cases of AI at SEK Education Group.

Among the projects presented at today’s event by the SEK Education Group educational community was Creating IB Planners, Intelligent Learning strategies for a sustainable academic future, developing teaching resources and lesson plans with AI: new tools for teacher training, Designing Learning Activities in Cambodia, Ai as legal advisor, Computing and AI Lab- CAILab, Use of IA for Advanced Guidance, One Million Bots.

“Universities must incorporate AI into their day to day”

At the close of the day, George Siemens, Chief Scientist of Human Systems stressed that “when universities incorporate AI into their day to day, they should not lose sight of the key value of human involvement” and that therefore “it is necessary to have a leadership team in the universities that analyses and implements AI tools for the benefit of their teachers and students.” In his address to the SEK Education Group teachers, he encouraged them to use AI on a daily basis “to achieve correct use of this tool, learn from other people who have been using it for longer and take courses on the subject.”

Maricruz Lagar, director of SEK International Schools, was in charge of closing the day and thanked and encouraged the professionals to continue training in this technology.

A unique debate on the arrival of artificial intelligence in education

Entitled EducAItion. Shaping the future, keeping us human, SEK Education Group leads the debate on the advent of artificial intelligence in the educational field today at its Castellana Campus and tomorrow, at its Villafranca Campus.

Yesterday, the UCJC brought together 185 speakers in 36 panels to discuss the transformative role of artificial intelligence in education and the possibilities and challenges of AI in educational environments.

Throughout the day, researchers and professors from international universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT (United States), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Ashesi (Ghana), or Western University (Canada), as well as from Spanish universities such as Universidad Complutense, Rey Juan Carlos, Politécnica, Carlos III, or Universidad Camilo José Cela, have participated. In addition, experts in artificial intelligence and education from institutions such as Microsoft, the National Supercomputing Centre, Design for Change, Telefónica, Vodafone, Ashoka, Wise – Qatar Foundation, CYD Foundation, Times Higher Education, Caixabank, Federation for European Education, Arrowsmith Foundation and Deloitte have also participated.

Artificial intelligence played a central role in the proposal and definition of the topics and speakers participating in the Global Education Forum Madrid 2024. AI took part in all sessions and round tables of the event as a speaker, with physical representation through a hologram. It looks like a woman and has been given the name “Emily.”

This AI is a trained co-pilot that has been fed for a month with hundreds of pieces of information, reviews and scientific articles, which allows us to obtain more sophisticated, qualified and useful conclusions from it to add to the knowledge obtained from the Global Education Forum. This co-pilot or “personalised” ecosystem of SEK Education Group is the first of its kind that has been created in the educational field worldwide. As a result, the Global Education Forum intends to make it available to any educational institution that wishes to use it to incorporate artificial intelligence as an assistant and more efficient use of the day-to-day life of its school or organisation.

See the full agenda for both days here.