Talking Teaching across the Globe

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:

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 talkingteaching@brookes.ac.uk or use the same email to let us know what topics you would like us to address.

Looking ahead to the next waves of Generative AI: applications and implications for HE staff and students.

Sue Beckingham, Associate Professor and National Teaching Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University

Peter Hartley, Independent Consultant, Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University, and National Teaching Fellow.

Thursday 14 March 2024, 1.00pm - 1.50pm

Although 2023 is often referred to as the ‘year of AI’, the signs are that 2024 will be even more significant in the challenges that Generative AI (GenAI) poses for staff, students and HE institutions. This session will offer our analysis of developments in the technology and their uptake, and aim to identify the most important implications for our educational approaches, using examples of developing practice across the UK. For example, following the example of the OpenAI company with their ChatGPT and ChatGPT Plus, many GenAI applications are now offered in two or more versions – the ‘free’ and the ‘professional’. Can HE afford to provide students with the ‘full professional’ experience? If not, how do we plug this gap?