Responsible AI drives ethical integration in class

By Dr. Herman M. Lagon

TO HARNESS the potential of AI in education while addressing its challenges, the UP Principles for Responsible Artificial Intelligence offer valuable guidance. These principles published last week emphasize the importance of the public good, ensuring that AI benefits all individuals and communities, with a focus on inclusivity and equality. The principle of meaningful human control highlights the need for humans to retain agency over AI systems, ensuring ethical decision-making and accountability.

Transparency is another critical aspect, enabling individuals to understand how AI operates and how it impacts them. This empowers people to challenge AI-based outcomes and seek remedies for any potential harms. The principle of fairness calls for proactive measures to identify and mitigate biases and discrimination in AI systems, thereby promoting equitable educational opportunities.

Safety and environmental considerations are also emphasized, with a focus on secure and environmentally friendly AI models. Collaboration among various stakeholders fosters a culture of cooperation and trust, vital for responsible AI implementation. Additionally, accountability ensures that those developing and deploying AI systems take responsibility for their proper functioning, adhering to ethical principles.

The UP Principles for Responsible Artificial Intelligence paves the way for the ethical and prudent use of AI in education. While AI presents immense opportunities to enhance personalized learning and education management, it also requires thoughtful consideration of its potential risks and challenges. The principles set forth by the UP provide a strong foundation for responsible AI integration and development, promoting the well-being of Filipino students and society as a whole.

Furthermore, as AI becomes more prevalent in educational settings, there is a need for ongoing research and development to address emerging ethical concerns. Understanding the benefits and challenges of integrating AI into the curriculum is crucial, along with the need to develop best practices for effective implementation. Partnering with reliable AI providers, starting small to gain experience, and fostering ethical and critical thinking are essential steps in responsibly incorporating AI into education.

As the landscape of education transforms with the integration of AI, the new UP AI standards serve as a beacon of ethical guidance. By upholding meaningful human control, fostering fairness, and prioritizing safety and environmental considerations, educators can navigate the AI-driven future responsibly. It also paves the way for an ethical and prudent use of AI in education, maximizing its potential to enhance personalized learning and education management. However, as AI’s presence grows, ongoing research and development remain crucial in addressing emerging ethical concerns. By understanding the benefits and challenges and implementing best practices, educators can foster a learning environment that embraces technology while safeguarding student well-being and authentic learning experience.


Dr. Herman Lagon fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world that is grounded in social justice and the pursuit of happiness. He is a professor of ISUFST, a student of USLS, a retiree of Ateneo, and an alumnus of UP, UI, and WVSU.