The two-day event brought together over 150 leaders, experts, educational technology innovators, and instructors from 56 institutions in the Kingdom and Middle East.
Anthology, a prominent education solutions provider, organized the Anthology Together Middle East 2023 conference in Riyadh.
The two-day event, concluded on Tuesday, brought together over 150 leaders, experts, educational technology innovators, and instructors from 56 institutions in the Kingdom and Middle East.
The conference focused on diverse perspectives and challenges in higher education, including the ethical use of artificial intelligence.
“Saudi Arabia is home to some of the world’s leading higher education institutions. We believe that these institutions, with their commitment to academic excellence, are at the forefront of shaping the future,” said Anthology CEO Bruce Dahlgren.
“Our choice to host this conference in Riyadh reflects our commitment to our clients in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, and our dedication to building solutions in direct partnership with our clients and the learners they serve,” said Dahlgren.
During the event, Anthology unveiled Authentic Assessments, its AI-driven feature in Blackboard Learn Ultra, which will launch in December. Utilizing learning objectives and course material, it generates prompts aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy to foster critical thinking. The feature addresses the evolving challenges of academic integrity in the age of artificial intelligence.
The event highlighted Anthology’s global survey on AI use in higher education, with more than 5,000 participants from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the US, Brazil, Singapore, and the UK.
Report findings highlight the positive approval of AI in Saudi universities, revealing that 49 percent of students believe AI will revolutionize education.
“Saudi Arabian students are among the most frequent users of generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, with 32 percent using them weekly,” according to the report.
The report notes that these students express the highest likelihood of a significant increase in their use of generative AI tools in the next six months.