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How AI Tools such as ChatGPT are changing conversations in Higher Education


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The Emerging Media Lab presents an online Zoom seminar about AI technologies (such as ChatGPT), and how they will affect higher education in our future. Hosted by the Emerging Media Community of Practice and moderated by Patrick Pennefather, a selection of panelists including Professor Stephen Murgatoyd, Dr. Farhad Dastur, David Clement, and Professor Jutta Treviranus will join us to analyze these fascinating topics. Read below to learn about our panelists and a teaser about what they plan to discuss!

Dr. Patrick Pennefather – Moderator – UBC EML

Meet [Your Name], a dedicated educator and mentor in the field of emerging technology pipelines. With a passion for inspiring the next generation of tech professionals, [Your Name] has a role as an Assistant Professor in Film & Theatre at the University of British Columbia and a faculty in residence at the Emerging Media Lab.

[Your Name] is not an expert in using generative AI but has facilitated prototyping to support students on their development journeys. It brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom, which is articulated in their recently published book "Mentoring Digital Media Projects".

The bio was not written with the help of a machine learning model.


Professor Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University, Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies

Jutta Treviranus is a full Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) in Toronto, Canada. She is the director and founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI).

Treviranus is a world expert[1] in the field of inclusive design and has made appearances at the White House and United Nations. Concerned about the impact of statistical reasoning on people who happen to be outliers or different from the statistical norm, and the amplification, acceleration and automation of the harms by machine learning that makes decisions using statistical processing of past data, she has "led many international multi‐partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion".[2]

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jutta_Treviranus

Professor Stephen Murgatroyd, University of Alberta, Faculty of Education (Adjunct)

"A variety of AI technologies enable faculty and students to imagine assessment as an engaging, proactive and collaborative activity intended to enhance and enable learning. While some are 'panicked' by issues of academic misconduct, the opportunity to reimagine assessment and for faculty and students to partner with AI for assessment represents a new renaissance opportunity for the academy."

Stephen has been engaged in distance education since 1972 and in online learning since 1993 when he launched the world's first fully online MBA. A former Dean, Vice President and Provost, Stephen now works as a consultant, writer and innovator. He has worked extensively for governments and institutions around the world and is in demand as a speaker and presenter. He is the author of thirty-five books and close to three hundred papers, book chapters, articles and book reviews.

Dr. Farhad Dastur, Principal Investigator, KPU Virtual Reality Lab

"Like the blinding flash of a meteorite, generative AI has burst into higher education conversations. Few areas have been untouched. Faculty are concerned around authentic assessment and academic integrity. Students contemplate more personalized tutoring, better grades, and improved accessibility. Employees ruminate about job losses. Perhaps the most intriguing conversations will be with generative AI itself. What possibilities for co-discovery, collaboration, and creativity emerge from the merging of human and artificial intelligences?"

Farhad received supervised and unsupervised pre-training in experimental psychology at UBC and Dalhousie. He has generated teachings in higher education for 22 years. His areas of curiosity span perception, evolutionary psychology, human factors, and extended realities. In 2019, he founded the KPU Virtual Reality Lab, a creative hub for students, faculty, and other collaborators to engage in research, educational projects, and artistic explorations.

David Clement

David Clement is a serial innovator with over 35 years of experience. He has held technical leadership roles in organizations including the BBC, CNN, US Department of Homeland Security, Discreet Logic, Wavesine, and many more. David is fluent in many disciplines including philosophy, business and startup culture, machine intelligence, virtual reality, computer graphics as well as system and software architecture. David is currently working at a startup focused on improving the physical and social development of youth.

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