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Dr Wayne Holmes
UCL Knowledge Lab
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Having been involved in education throughout his life, Wayne brings a critical studies perspective to the connections between AI and education, and their ethical, human and social justice implications. His recent publications include “Artificial Intelligence in Education. Promise and Implications for Teaching and Learning.” (2019), “Ethics of AI in Education: Towards a Community-Wide Framework.” (2021),  “State of the Art and Practice in AI in Education” (2022), “The Ethics of AI in Education: Practices, Challenges and Debates” (2022), and, for UNESCO, “AI and Education: Guidance for Policy-makers.” (2021). Wayne has advised the ministries of education of Portugal and the UK, co-authored the EU’s DigComp 2.2 Annex “Citizens Interacting with AI Systems” (2022), is leading the Council of Europe’s work on AI and education, and has given invited talks on AI and education in Brazil, China, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Oman, Slovenia, Spain, and the US (and online to audiences in many other countries around the world).

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Research Summary
Wayne Holmes (PhD, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor in the UCL Knowledge Lab at University College London. His research takes a critical studies perspective to the teaching and application of Artificial Intelligence in educational contexts (AI&ED), and their ethical, human, and social justice implications. Wayne is leading the Council of Europe’s project Artificial Intelligence and Education, which is developing a legal instrument for Council of Europe member States. He is also Consultant for the Technology and AI in Education unit at UNESCO, a Senior Researcher in AI&ED for IRCAI (the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO), an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Nova Gorica, and a Consultant for the UK and Portuguese ministries of education.
Teaching Summary

Having taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol, and the Open University, Wayne currently teaches on the MA Education and Technology (UCL). He leads the Researching Digital Learning core module and teaches on the Key Issues and Debates core module. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Nova Gorica, where he teaches the Advanced Technologies for Open Education module of the Master's degree programme Leadership in Open Education.

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