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AI in Education: Lessons from early adopters

Learn from the pioneers of AI in education! Join us for lively discussion and shape the next era of higher education. Register now!

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22 May, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

AUT City Campus, 6 St Paul St, Auckland CBD, Auckland

The Wave Room


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AI in Education: Lessons from early adopters

AUT Business School and The AI Forum NZ are pleased to host an enlightening panel discussion as we delve into the future of higher education with Artificial Intelligence. This event is a must-attend for educators who are pioneering the integration of AI tools into teaching and learning.

Facilitator: Dr Geri Harris (AUT)

Speakers: Dr James Oldfield (Unitec), Dr Shahper Richter (University of Auckland), Chao Jiang (AUT postdrad student), Cordelia Stewart (AUT)

Our panel will share their experiences from the front lines of early adoption, providing valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of this exciting journey. We’ll explore how to empower fellow educators to take proactive steps in this new era of teaching, and discuss whether the looming fear of privacy has indeed become a reality.

We’ll also tackle the lessons we’ve learned so far - from navigating copyright issues, ensuring equitable access, to rethinking assessment methods for learners in an AI-driven educational landscape.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation shaping the future of education. Together, let’s discover what’s next for AI in teaching and learning!


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Dr James Oldfield

Associate Professor | Manager Digital Learning | Unitec

James Oldfield is driven by the need to innovate and improve outcomes for learners in his role as the Manager of Digital Learning at Unitec, business division of Te Pūkenga. James provides leadership and strategic direction to Unitec in matters relating to digital learning and teaching. He is the Co-Chair of the ITP Learning and Teaching Advisory Group, a member of the Ako Academy of Excellence Executive, an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Dr Shahper Richter

Senior Lecturer | University of Auckland Business School

Dr Shahper Richter is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, where her research intersects technology, information systems, and marketing. She examines the socio-technical dynamics of emerging technologies, including the Metaverse and AI tools like ChatGPT, focusing on their implications for work practices and organizational strategy development.


Cordelia Stewart

Lecturer | AUT Business School

Cordelia Stewart is a Lecturer in Marketing at AUT University. Cordelia specialises in consumer behaviour and digital marketing and has a keen interest in embedding AI literacy in her third-year marketing papers, so students have competitive advantage and are workplace ready. Cordelia’s philosophy toward generative AI is ensure that students have a deep understanding of how to strategically apply generative AI tools whilst understanding the ethical and moral implications attached. Cordelia is a firm believer that AI serves as a tool and that it’s true potential can only be realised through the skills and knowledge applied when interacting with them.

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Chao Jiang

Postgraduate student | AUT

Chao is in the first trimester of her Master's degree in supply chain management. Before coming to AUT, Chao worked in the International transportation and freight forwarding industry for more than 10 years. 
During her studies, she feels she has significantly enhanced her research skills and academic learning abilities. Chao has made considerable advances in critical thinking and independent reasoning, which have furthered her professional development. 
AI has significantly boosted Chao's efficiency by automating many repetitive manual tasks, allowing her to focus her limited energy on academic research and the exploration of innovative ideas. This has greatly enhanced Chao's learning efficiency, making her feel "like a fish in water".