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Roundtable “Digitization and Artificial Intelligence in Education”

“Digitization and Artificial Intelligence in Education” – such was the title of a roundtable discussion that took place on December 7 at the National Technical University “Dnipro Polytechnic.” The event involved the academic community of Dnipro region, representatives of local self-government, and volunteers. Speakers at the event included Yuliia Hryshyna – Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ali Takhmazov – Executive Director of the company NAQA was represented by the Board Head – Andrii Butenko, and the Secretariat’s Head – Oleksandr Khymenko.

The theme of digitization in education is highly relevant today, considering the impact of modern technologies and artificial intelligence on the educational environment. Rapid technological development, however, requires special attention to the interaction between technology and human, maintaining the right balance, and harmonizing the processes of learning, teaching, and scientific research with cutting-edge technologies and artificial intelligence. Undoubtedly, one of the key advantages of digitization is the greater accessibility of education – through electronic platforms and remote resources, students gain access to learning materials from anywhere in the world, creating a global learning environment. For example, researchers from Dnipro Polytechnic demonstrated the benefits of digitization in action, such as online access for students to the robotic laboratory of a technical university in Reutlingen, Germany.

At the same time, the use of artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT, remains open and problematic from an ethical and academic integrity perspective.

During the discussion, speakers emphasized that artificial intelligence can undoubtedly be beneficial – it helps optimize educational and scientific work. However, AI cannot fully replace a teacher. While ChatGPT generates texts, it lacks emotions, energy, inspiration, relevant examples, and the experience that a teacher provides to students in live communication. Learning is a process of self-improvement for learners that cannot be replaced by the use of AI, but can only be supported and enhanced with additional possibilities.

We express our gratitude to the rector of Dnipro Polytechnic, Oleksandr Aziukovskyi, and the entire university team for organizing this relevant event and implementing cutting-edge technologies in the educational process.