Webinar: AI in Education: Navigating the opportunities and risks

Dr Michael Johnston, Prof Barbara Oakley, and Dr Oliver Hartwich
17 June, 2024


Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact education, offering opportunities and posing risks. The New Zealand Initiative's upcoming report, "Welcome to the Machine: Opportunities and risks of generative Artificial Intelligence for education," authored by Senior Fellow Dr Michael Johnston, provides a science-based framework for navigating this new landscape.

Grounded in cognitive psychology, the report offers insights on how AI can enhance education when used judiciously, while emphasising the importance of securely automating prerequisite knowledge and skills in students' long-term memory before relying on AI tools.

The report explores the potential for AI to act as a virtual teaching assistant under the supervision of knowledgeable and skilled teachers. Possibilities include formative assessment and feedback, data analysis to monitor student progress, and even credentialling. Human teachers must remain central in forming educative relationships with students.

Executive Director Dr Oliver Hartwich will interview Senior Fellow Dr Michael Johnston (author) in this webinar, which will also include special guest Adjunct Senior Fellow Prof Barbara Oakley. They will discuss the implications of AI for education, the opportunities and challenges it presents, and how we can leverage this powerful technology to enhance teaching and learning while mitigating potential risks.

The report will be available from our website at the time of the webinar.
Date: Monday, 17 June 2024
Time: 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Please register for the webinar via this link. Also, submit your questions in advance on Slido.com using code #4019243 

Special guest: Prof Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; Michigan’s Distinguished Professor of the Year; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior.

Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal. She is a New York Times best-selling author who has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

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