The Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Schools

Recently, the National AI Schools Taskforce put together the Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools. It's a valuable guide to the responsible and ethical use of generative AI tools in education settings.

But like all frameworks, it's light on details. So, we put together this resource to help schools go beyond the what of the Australian framework and dive into the how.

We're just starting to put it together so consider it a working document. Oh, and it's totally free forever. Enjoy!

1.1 Impact

Generative AI tools are used in ways that enhance and support teaching, school administration, and student learning.

1.2 Instruction

Schools engage students in learning about generative AI tools and how they work, including their potential limitations and biases, and deepen this learning as student usage increases.

1.3 Teacher expertise

Generative AI tools are used in ways that support teacher expertise, and teachers are recognised and respected as the subject matter experts within the classroom.

1.4 Critical thinking

Generative AI tools are used in ways that support and enhance critical thinking and creativity, rather than restrict human thought and experience.

1.5 Learning design

Work designed for students, including assessments, clearly outlines how generative AI tools should or should not be used and allows for a clear and unbiased evaluation of student ability.

1.6 Academic integrity

Students are supported to use generative AI tools ethically in their schoolwork, including by ensuring appropriate attribution.

2.1 Wellbeing

Generative AI tools are used in ways that do not harm the wellbeing and safety of any member of the school community.

2.2 Diversity of perspectives

Generative AI tools are used in ways that expose users to diverse ideas and perspectives and avoid the reinforcement of biases.

2.3 Human rights

Generative AI tools are used in ways that respect human and worker rights, including individual autonomy and dignity.

3.1 Information and support

Teachers, students, staff, parents and carers have access to clear and appropriate information and guidance about generative AI.

3.2 Disclosure

School communities are appropriately informed when generative AI tools are used in ways that impact them.

3.3 Explainability

Vendors ensure that end users broadly understand the methods used by generative AI tools and their potential biases.

4.1 Accessibility and inclusivity

Generative AI tools are used in ways that enhance opportunities, and are inclusive, accessible, and equitable for people with disability and from diverse backgrounds.

4.2 Equity and access

Regional, rural and remote communities are considered when implementing generative AI.

4.3 Non-discrimination

Generative AI tools are used in ways that support inclusivity, minimising opportunities for, and countering, unfair discrimination against individuals, communities, or groups.

4.4 Cultural and intellectual property

Generative AI tools are used in ways that respect the cultural rights of various cultural groups, including Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) rights.

5.1 Human responsibility

Teachers and school leaders retain control of decision making and remain accountable for decisions that are supported by the use of generative AI tools.

5.2 Reliability

Generative AI tools are tested before they are used, and reliably operate in accordance with their intended purpose.

5.3 Monitoring

The impact of generative AI tools on school communities is actively and regularly monitored, and emerging risks and opportunities are identified and managed.

5.4 Contestability

Members of school communities that are impacted by generative AI tools are actively informed about, and have opportunities to question, the use or outputs of the tools and any decisions informed by the tools.

6.1 Privacy and data protection

Generative AI tools are used in ways that respect and uphold privacy and data rights, comply with Australian law, and avoid the unnecessary collection, limit the retention, prevent further distribution, and prohibit the sale of...

6.2 Privacy disclosure

School communities are proactively informed about how and what data will be collected, used, and shared while using generative AI tools, and consent is sought where needed.

6.3 Protection of student inputs

Students, teachers and staff take appropriate care when entering information into generative AI tools which may compromise any individual’s data privacy.

6.4 Cyber-security and resilience

Robust cyber-security measures are implemented to protect the integrity and availability of school infrastructure, generative AI tools, and associated data.

6.5 Copyright compliance

When using generative AI tools, schools are aware of, and take measures to comply with, applicable copyright rights and obligations.

The Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools is © Commonwealth of Australia, 2023. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

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