Our new gameboard improves AI literacy for learning and training professionals through meaningful conversations
The conversations around AI these days seem to be polarized. On one side, you have the advocates hyping up how AI will solve all our problems. On the other hand, the critics are warning about robots taking over the world. The truth is, AI is complex with many nuances, and we need to move beyond this binary way of thinking to find a deeper, more realistic understanding.
The ITCILO AI gameboard aims to increase AI literacy through meaningful discussions. Rather than framing AI as purely positive or negative, it helps people explore the opportunities and challenges, myths and facts. Some common myths include that AI will make all jobs obsolete or that we’ll have human-level AI any day now. The reality is AI may transform jobs, but also create new ones. And we’re still quite far from human-level AI.
Through conversations, people can clarify misunderstandings, consider different perspectives, and find common ground. The ITCILO AI gameboard uses examples and scenarios related to learning and training to prompt discussions on topics like:
The future of AI depends on us. With open-minded, well-informed discussions, we can help ensure it’s developed and applied responsibly to benefit all learners and workers.
The ITCILO AI gameboard makes learning about AI fun and accessible. The key objective is to increase AI literacy for professionals in a collaborative way.
Rather than passively consuming information, the ITCILO AI gameboard puts you in the driver's seat to explore AI through open-ended conversations with your peers. Guided by a set of thought-provoking questions, you can gain valuable insights from the collective knowledge and diverse perspectives in the group.
To use the ITCILO AI gameboard, you need a phone with internet connection and, ideally, six players. Players sit around the table with the gameboard set up in front of them. Each player randomly selects a card that displays a shape, which is possible to recreate using the cards on the gameboard. Your goal is to recreate your shape on the gameboard by flipping over cards and completing the tasks described. Players take turns flipping the cards and scanning the QR codes on the backs of them. The game is over when a player successfully recreates their shape.
Here are some examples of the questions you may find on the cards:
There are no fixed answers. The goal is to collectively discuss what AI could signify for us as colleagues and as an organization. Done thoughtfully, we gain insights on how to harness AI to improve learning and training and to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The questions are intended as conversation starters. From there, we explore related topics and share diverse viewpoints. For example, players may consider how AI may influence areas like:
As a former participant shared:
"The AI gameboard opened my mind to the possibilities of AI for learning and work. I gained a broader perspective through sharing ideas with my colleagues. Our conversations were thought-provoking and helped me understand this emerging field."
The ITCILO partnered with Nik Baerten, knowledge engineer and co-founder of Pantopicon, a foresight and design studio based in Belgium. Pantopicon blends insights from various disciplines to create provocative futures and help organizations explore long-term challenges and opportunities. Nik is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on all things future, and has received recognition for his work in design and foresight.
We wanted people not only to reason about AI, but also to experience its power and limitations. This is why we included assignments for people to carry out utilising AI tools.
The key is keeping the conversation going even after the game ends. AI literacy is a journey, not a destination. But with the right tools and an open and curious mindset, it’s a journey we can all take together.
The ITCILO provides additional resources for building and maintaining AI literacy, such as online courses and tailor-made AI Labs. We recommend:
To build your AI literacy and start meaningful conversations, here are some other resources to explore:
There are many podcasts and video channels dedicated to explaining AI concepts and topics in an easy to understand way. Some recommendations:
Engaging in discussions with others is a great way to learn. Check out some of these online communities:
There are many pathways to building your AI literacy. Find what works for your learning style and interests, then start engaging in meaningful conversations. The more you discuss AI, the more adept and comfortable you'll become with the technology.