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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.”

Mar 14, 2024

This week we talked with Professor Danny Liu and Dr Joanne Hinitt, of The University of Sydney, about the Cogniti AI service that's been created in the university, and how it's being used to support teaching and learning.

Danny is a molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart. He works at the confluence of educational technology, student engagement, artificial intelligence, learning analytics, pedagogical research, organisational leadership, and professional development. He is currently a Professor in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio at the University of Sydney.

Joanne is a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, and her primary area of interest is working with children and their families who experience difficulties participating in occupations related to going to school. She has extensive clinical experience working within occupational therapy settings, providing services for children and their families. Her particular interest is working collaboratively with teachers in the school setting and she completed her PhD in this area.

Further reading on the topics discussed in the podcast

Cogniti's website is at

Articles about the topics discussed:

How Sydney educators are building ‘AI doubles’ of themselves to help their students, Dec 2023

AI as an authentic and engaging teaching tool for occupational therapy students, Oct 2023

Meet ‘Mrs S’: a classroom teacher who helps budding occupational therapists hone their skills, Oct 2023

Recorded talks

Using Cogniti to design for Diversity, Feb 2023