Let’s Talk About Teaching 2024

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About this year’s event

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) is a form of machine learning with the capabilities to produce text, images, video, music, code, etc. It has had a profound impact on education and our wider world, especially with the recent launch of ChatGPT and others.

Over the past year, our UVic community has explored the possibilities and challenges of this new educational landscape. We will be exploring this topic further in our upcoming learning and teaching conference where we collectively reflect on what we have learned so far and what we will try next.

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 7, 2024 | 10:30am – 4:20pm 

Coffee, tea and snacks will be available at 10:00am, and a light lunch will be provided at 12:30pm.

Keynote Presentation:
Empowering a culture of innovative and critical thinking in an AI world

Dr. Elizabeth Croft (with opening remarks by Dr. Shailoo Bedi)

DSB C103 | 10:30am-12:30pm

Dr. Croft's bio

Dr. Elizabeth A. Croft, PhD, PEng, FASME, FCAE, FEC, FTSE:

Professor Elizabeth Croft is the Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia, Canada, a research-intensive comprehensive university leading the world in climate action, sustainability, rights of indigenous peoples, health equity, and international research collaborations. She is internationally recognised for her leadership in research and education innovation and for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in academia and industry.

Professor Croft holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a doctoral degree in robotics from the University of Toronto. She is an expert in the field of human-robot interaction. Her work advances the design of intelligent controllers and interaction methods that underpin how people and autonomous, collaborative systems can work together in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner. She has led large-scale collaborative research projects utilising robots alongside people in manufacturing and guided multidisciplinary initiatives with automotive and aerospace industry partners. Her outstanding contributions have earned Professor Croft considerable recognition, including the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Alan Blizzard Award, WXN’s Top 100 most powerful women in Canada award, and the Engineers and Geoscientists BC RA McLachlan Award.

Professor Croft is a fellow of the American Society of Engineers, the Institute of Engineers Australia, Engineers Canada, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

1:00 – 2:20 PM

Lightning talks

DSB C103
1:00 – 2:20pm

  • Understanding nursing students’ perceptions of intelligence tools to better support them as scholars and practitioners (with Lorelei Newton & Angela Wignall)
  • Student perceptions of learning with GenAI (with Mariel Miller)
  • How can undergraduate students learn and leverage GenAI for professional writing in industry? (with Simon Minshall)
  • Addressing machine learning tools in a first-year humanities course (with Dennine Dudley)

Discover session

DSB 126
1:00 – 1:50pm

  • How (truly) interdisciplinary learning can prepare students for the age of GenAI (with David Leach & Derek Jacoby)

2:30 – 3:20 PM

Discover session

DSB 122

  • Transforming content development and lecturing dynamics using GenAI for educational excellence (with Navneet Kaur Popli)

Discover session

DSB 126

  • Dangling in between: Investigating the impacts of using AI tools in higher education research (with Todd Milford & Sara Fallahi)

Discover session

DSB 130

  • The use of GenAI to teach applied data analysis: A case study from the MBA classroom (with Ben Lukenchuk)

3:30 – 4:20 PM

Discover session

DSB C103

  • Toasters make bad cars: why ChatGPT is failing our courses (with Jane Butterfield, Chris Eagle, Michelle Edwards & Trefor Bazett)

Discover session

DSB 126

  • Using GenAI to improve critical thinking and self-awareness in career development (with Karae White, Samantha Ogrodnik, Leo Spalteholz & Ash Senini)

Discover session

DSB 130

  • Leveraging GenAI for problem-based learning in business education (with Brian Leacock & Atsuko Kaneko)

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May 15, 2024

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