AI Tools for Reducing Teaching Workload and Enhancing Learning Outcomes
Date Friday, Nov 24 Time – Room Charlottenburg II
This Presentation Panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges of using AI in education and learning.
Speakers will explain how AI can be used to create immersive and interactive learning experiences and how it can democratise access to education. They will share the results of a study on student perceptions of AI in the classroom and show how the integration of specific AI tools such as ChatGPT and Writesonic can reduce workloads and support faculty members in their teaching.
The session also explores how AI tools enhance student engagement and learning outcomes with the specific example of an AI tool to scaffold and promote note-taking skills to improve student success.
Research Associate, AI in Higher Education, Contact North | Contact Nord, Canada
Dr Ron Owston is Research Associate, AI in Higher Education, at Contact North I Contact Nord where he plays a pivotal role in the conceptualization, development, and implementation of two AI ground-breaking tools: AI Tutor Pro and AI Teaching Assistant Pro, He will launch the tools at OEB.
AI Tutor Pro is designed to support students in achieving a high level of knowledge and understanding in any subject. Students can select their topic of interest and engage in a dynamic conversation with AI Tutor Pro. The tool starts by posing thought-provoking questions to spark students' curiosity and engagement. They can choose the level of tutoring they need, whether introductory, intermediate, or advanced. The dialogue with AI Tutor Pro involves open-ended questions and responses, fostering an interactive and engaging learning experience. Students can even save a summary of the conversation for future reference, enabling them to revisit important insights and concepts.
AI Teaching Assistant Pro is a tool developed to assist faculty and instructors in automating routine teaching tasks, saving them valuable time. With AI Teaching Assistant Pro, instructors can effortlessly generate multiple-choice quizzes and essay questions on any topic. They can create course syllabi, produce teaching notes, and develop lecture materials. The tool also streamlines the preparation process by helping instructors build content for presentation slides, ensuring engaging and informative classroom experiences.
Dr Owston is also University Professor Emeritus, former Dean of Education, and founding Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies at York University (Canada).
A pioneer in educational technology research, he has spoken at numerous national and international conferences about blended and online learning, authored/co-authored some 50 commissioned studies, and published over 60 articles in top-tier journals. Dr. Owston ranks among the most cited blended learning researchers globally according to Google Scholar.
Contact North | Contact Nord is a non-profit organization that supports rural, remote, and Indigenous higher education students in northern Ontario, Canada. The organization's mandate includes the support of innovation in education and training through testing and applied research of new modes of delivery using technology and the sharing of results and tools worldwide.
Dr Owston can be reached at @email.
Founder and CEO, Glean, United Kingdom
Dave is an entrepreneur and innovator of learning technology. As CEO and Founder of Glean, Dave has driven the development of award-winning products, helping to support the independent learning of 100,000s students at over 700 colleges around the world.
He is passionate about using technology to help students overcome common learning challenges and is an advocate of the role of effective note taking as a part of a learning process.
With over 10 years experience in the industry, Dave regularly speaks at education and assistive technology conferences worldwide.
Consultant, Edublogger and Editor at e-learning.nl, WilfredRubens.com/e-learning.nl, Netherlands
Wilfred Rubens (1964) currently works as an independent consultant on technology enhanced learning. Wilfred works as a project leader on the selection and implementation of learning technologies. He provides advice about curriculum development, pedagogy and the use of technology for learning. Wilfred delivers keynotes and presentations, and he facilitates workshops and classes about technology enhanced learning. Wilfred has been professionally involved in e-learning for almost 30 years. For more than 18 years he blogs about ICT and learning. He published a book about elearning trends and developments (in Dutch), and he is co-author of a book about social learning. Wilfred is also one of the editors of the Dutch portal e-learning.nl, member of the advisory board of the anual Dutch Next Learning conference and member of the advisory board of OEB Global.
Head of Center for Continuous Learning in Data Science, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
Dr. Andreas Pippow is head of the center for continuous learning in data science at Fraunhofer FIT. Dr. Pippow gained his PhD in neuroscience in 2008 and joined Fraunhofer in 2011. As a Fraunhofer research manager, he is particularly committed to the transfer of Fraunhofer's technologies and knowledge. This includes establishing appropriate internal structures and understanding needs of customers. He sees continuous learning as an important transfer path for a knowledge organization like Fraunhofer. Dr. Pippow is also involved in several expert committees to facilitate learning in the field of data science. He is chair of the data science expert committee of the Fraunhofer Personnel Certification board. He also leads the technical expert committee at Verein Deutscher Ingenieure to develop a guideline for data management
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Dr. Ron Owston will discuss innovative projects from Ontario's Contact North | Contact Nord and highlight best practices for responsible implementation of AI in higher education.
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ChatGPT Curse and/or Blessing for Education and Learning & Development?, Wilfred Rubens
Wilfred Rubens discusses the opportunities and challenges of applications like ChatGPT for education and learning and development, including reducing workloads but also requiring specific digital literacy skills.
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AI in the University Classroom: Challenges, Benefits and Best Practices, Glenda El Gamal
This presentation explores the integration of AI tools like ChatGPT and Writesonic to enhance student learning experiences and support faculty members in their teaching.
The use of AI to create immersive and interactive learning experiences is discussed, along with the results of a study on student perceptions of AI in the classroom. Pedagogical strategies for incorporating AI tools into teaching methods are explored, as well as the advantages and challenges of using AI tools.