This popular webinar series brings together Oxford Brookes’ staff, and colleagues from across the sector, to discuss and explore inspirational practice and emerging trends in teaching, learning and assessment. We believe in the power of community and connection to lessen academic isolation and to provide hope and help in rapidly changing times so that we can continue to create effective student learning environments. Each webinar or workshop offers the opportunity to share practice, ask questions and consider ways to enhance your academic practice.
Our focus for 2023/24 will be "Approaches to the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence".
The use of generative AI is emerging as an essential graduate skill (QAA, 2023), anticipated by the World Economic Forum for some time (WEF, 2018). Whilst there is deep anxiety about the threat AI poses to HE teaching, learning and assessment (Advance HE, Feb 2023; Crawford, et al, 2023) and academic integrity, at the same time it is acknowledged that AI tools can provide benefits “including increased student engagement, collaboration, and accessibility” (Cotton et al, 2023). This raises the issue of fair and equal access to AI and digital security. It is an issue relevant to all disciplines (including technical and visual arts), levels of study, taught or research programmes.
Throughout 2023 sector agencies have been responding at pace:
- UNESCO guidance on the ethical use of AI in education;
- the UK Department for Education, a guide for all providers;
- the QAA has a variety of guidance and advice papers; and
- the Jisc Primer.
If you too have discovered interesting ways to adapt your academic practice in the face of AI, especially those that come out of partnership with students, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or use the same email to let us know what topics you would like us to address.