Potentials and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in the fields of health care diagnostics (POETS of AI for short) is a collaboration project between Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Kyungpook National University. The main goal of the project is to study the technical prerequisites and realistic potentials, as well as examine the ethical aspects of using AI in health care diagnostics and produce material for a web course aimed for bachelor level health care students and professionals about the topic.
We started working on the POETS of AI project almost a year ago, and a lot of things has happened during this time. Last February, our fellow students and professors from South Korea visited Finland for an intensive week, during which we outlined the web course structure, produced quite a bit learning material, and also had the time to learn about couple of Finnish technology companies and their take on artificial intelligence in health care. (Read more on previous blog post.)
During September, it was our turn to visit our colleagues in Daegu, South Korea. Our group consisted of three lecturers and 6 students: 5 from radiography and radiotherapy and 1 from electrical engineering.
We started our intensive week with a presentation of the project by our principal lecturer Eija Metsälä. She went over the goals of the intensive week and reminded us about the target group of the web course. We also looked at the already produced materials and recalled what had already been done.
After this brief presentation, we started to work on the learning outcomes for e-learning materials in the three following course modules: Technology, Applications and Ethics. We split into three groups based on these modules and started to go through the already produced materials to see how well it corresponded with the learning outcomes we had created.
As a pre-assignment for the intensive week, we had familiarized ourselves with the materials produced in the spring and had already some ideas how to improve it. It was also enlightening to note that even though we come from two countries so different, we share the same thoughts in what comes to e.g. ethical issues and ethical way of thinking. Finland and South-Korea aren´t so different after all.
During the intensive week, we analysed our material several times and divided each of the three main modules into smaller sub-modules in order to make the structure more logical and easier to understand. Our lecturers gave us a template for more solid layout where we fitted our learning outcomes and contents from each main module. We also focused on improving the already produced materials throughout the whole week. In addition to creating learning outcomes and revising the materials, we produced different tasks and assignments for the modules.
The week went by quickly. Before we knew it, it was time to wrap up the intensive week with final presentations, peer reviews and lecturers’ evaluations. Although there is still some work to be done, we managed quite nicely to create a logical course structure with a compact set of learning outcomes, revise the material and come up with tests and tasks to complement the modules. During the week, we engaged in interesting conversations about the topic at hand and managed to share ideas and thoughts with our Korean colleagues.
Besides all the hard work with the project, we also had time to do some exploration into South Korean culture. Our hosts gave us a tour around the Kyungpook National University Museum, introduced us to Korean cuisine, and arranged a visit to Mt. Palgongsan and the Buddhist temple, Donghwasa. The scenery was beautiful, especially in the mountains, and the food a delicious change compared to our regular Finnish dishes. All in all, our trip to South Korea left us with more insight on both artificial intelligence in health care diagnostics, and the rich Korean culture.
This blog post is a travel journal of students and published as unedited content.