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PANEL 3 | The role of AI in education

At the forefront of our minds is the question: How are AI chatbots and other AI tools influencing structured teaching and learning?

Date and time: 21 May 2024
Time: 4.15pm to 5.00pm
Location: SZLT, Cheng Kin Ku Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields

The three key areas for discussion in this panel are:

  • Learning with AI: Can AI chatbots be effective partners in learning? Do they act like a crutch or are these tools effective catalysts for critical thinking and deep understanding?
  • Beyond the Hype: AI Literacy and Responsible Development: How can we ensure equitable access to AI tools and prepare students for an AI-powered future?  This includes exploring potential biases in AI systems and how educational institutions can harness AI responsibly.
  • The Future of Skills: Redefining Learning Objectives  The rise of AI compels us to re-evaluate the skillsets students need. While AI excels at tasks requiring recall, what about fostering creativity, critical thinking, and effective communication? This panel will explore how AI can empower educators to cultivate these essential human capabilities in the next generation.

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Panel details:

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SpeakerSue Attewell, Head of AI and co-design, JISC

Sue Attewell is the co-leader of the National Centre for AI in tertiary education where she is actively involved in driving the advancement of AI capabilities within member institutions. The centre plays a critical role in this regard by providing thought leadership, piloting AI products, and conducting sector-focused research.

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SpeakerDr Steven Watson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Steven Watson ia an Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education. His research in social systems theory examines complex educational and societal issues, viewing entities as systems interacting with their environment. His current focus is on AI's impact on education and society, treating generative AI as an autopoietic system, a mediator between individuals and society, emphasizing AI's role within a broader interconnected system.

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SpeakerDr Mairéad Pratschke, Professor and Chair in Digital Education, University of Manchester

Mairéad is Chair in Digital Education in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. Her career has straddled the worlds of higher education, education technology, professional and continuing education, and edtech start-ups. She is focused on how we can leverage digital pedagogies to support educational innovation using emerging technologies. Her book, Generative AI and Education: digital pedagogies, teaching innovation and learning design, is slated for publication in 2024.

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ChairDr Jonathan Cardoso-Silva, Assistant Professor (Education), Data Science Institute, LSE

Jonathan Cardoso-Silva is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Data Science Institute. His research focuses on Generative AI tools in education. Along with Dr Marcos Barreto, Assistant Professor at LSE Department of Statistics, he leads GENIAL - a research project assesses the effectiveness of generative AI tools as a catalyst for learning. Before joining LSE, he acted as the lead data scientist at a Brazilian data science consultancy start-up (Data Science Brigade) in commercial and research projects that involved forecast, regression, classification, and clustering of static and temporal structured data, as well as text documents.