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Welcome to the AI in Education podcast

With Dan Bowen from Microsoft Australia and Ray Fleming from InnovateGPT

It's a fortnightly chat about Artificial Intelligence in Education - what it is, how it works, and the different ways it is being used. It's not too serious, or too technical, and is intended to be a good conversation of background information.

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“This podcast is produced by a Microsoft Australia & New Zealand employee, alongside an employee from InnovateGPT. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are our own.”

Jan 25, 2024

In this second episode of 2024, we bring you excerpts from interviews conducted at the AI in education conference at Western Sydney University in late 2023. In this week's episode, we dive deep into the world of AI in higher education and discuss its transformative potential. From personalised tutoring to improved assessment methods, we discuss how AI is revolutionising the teaching and learning experience.

Section 1: Vitomir Kovanovic, Associate Professor of Education Futures, University of South Australia
In this interview, Vitomir, a senior lecturer at UniSA Education Futures, shares his perspective on AI in education. Vitomir highlights the major impact that generative AI is having in the field and compares it to previous technological advancements such as blockchain and the internet. He emphasises the transformative nature of generative AI and its potential to reshape teaching methodologies, organizational structures, and job markets. Vita also discusses the importance of adapting to this new way of interacting with technology and the evolving role of teachers as AI becomes more integrated into education.

Section 2: Tomas Trescak - Director of Academic Programs in Undergraduate ICT, Western Sydney University
Tomas  delves into the challenges of assessment in the age of AI. He highlights the inherent lack of integrity in online assessments due to the availability of undetectable tools that can easily fill in answers. Tomas suggests that online assessments should play a complementary role in assessing students' knowledge and skills, while the main focus should be on in-person assessments that can't be easily duplicated or cheated. He also discusses the role of AI in assessing skills that won't be replaced by robots and the importance of developing graduates who can complement AI in the job market.

Section 3: 
Back to Vitomir,  to discuss the changing model of education and the potential impact of AI. We explore the concept of education as both a craft and a science and how technology is gradually shifting education towards a more personalised and flexible approach. The discussion highlights the ability of AI to adapt to individual teaching styles and preferences, making it a valuable tool for teachers. We also delve into the potential of AI in healthcare and tutoring, where AI can provide personalised support to students and doctors, leading to more efficient and equitable outcomes.