Massachusetts’ AI Education Policy Landscape

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Official Policies

No current guidance on AI on MDOE main site.

In the News

As of June 2023, Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said that he plans to “bring information” to the governing body “about the impact of technology, cellphones and other devices, and artificial intelligence on education.”

Universities

UMass provides a resource called “How Do I Consider the Impact of AI Tools like ChatGPT in My Courses?” which guides instructors in their communications with students regarding Gen-AI use. In January 2023, the Office of the Provost provided an announcement which included a sub-category “Preparing for wide accessibility of powerful AI tools such as ChatGPT”.

 

MIT is home to the MIT AI Policy Congress, which discusses policy questions related to AI in numerous sectors. There are a number of other AI resources on MIT’s webpage, including RAISE (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education), a program with numerous corporate sponsors whose mission is “to advance equity in learning, education and computational action to rethink and innovate how to holistically and equitably prepare diverse K-12 students, an inclusive workforce, and lifelong learners to be successful, responsible, and engaged in an increasingly AI-powered society”.

Harvard University’s Office of Undergraduate Education has an “AI Guidance & FAQs” page with a variety of resources available for faculty discussing definitions of AI terms, policies, answers to FAQs, and videos regarding GenAI in STEM and Writing courses. The University’s Office of the Provost also has a short letter posted on their site discussing guidelines for the use of ChatGPT and other Generative AI tools.

Further Resources

MDOE Plans to release guidelines

General Assembly Hearing on AI

UMass Gen-AI Guide

AI Guide UMass

MIT AI Policy Congress

MIT Raise

Harvard AI Guidance

Harvard Letter on GenAI