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Generative AI for Inclusive Education

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at SETU Waterford successfully conducted the 3rd IGNITION Community of Practice event, centering on Generative AI’s role in inclusive education. Held on November 7th, this online event attracted educators from diverse universities.

Keynote speaker Professor Mike Sharples, a distinguished figure in educational technology from The Open University, UK, brought his extensive expertise in human-centered design and AI to the forefront. His compelling presentation delved into the complex challenges and promising opportunities of generative AI systems like ChatGPT in higher education. Professor Sharples, known for his pioneering contributions to mobile learning and authoring over 300 publications, emphasized the importance of AI literacy and developing institutional policies for AI’s fair use in education.

The event also featured a panel discussion led by Laura Widger from SETU, with valuable input from Dr. Helen Murphy (SETU) and Matthijs Platje (Hanze UAS). The panel, enriched by Professor Sharples’ insights, focused on AI-assisted assessment and the ethical use of AI tools in education, discussing ways to empower students and integrate AI effectively into the curriculum.

We are thrilled to have sparked such an essential conversation on AI in education, greatly enhanced by Professor Sharples’ expertise. Our heartfelt thanks go to SETU, all participants, and especially Professor Sharples for making this event insightful. Stay tuned for more innovative discussions in our future events.

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In a rapidly evolving educational landscape, digital transformation was already underway before the pandemic struck. However, COVID-19 plunged us into unfamiliar waters, forcing us to navigate the challenges of a digital ocean.

While the days of strict lockdowns are behind us, the digital transition is here to stay. Yet, we still have much to learn about this new environment. To succeed in higher education, a critical digital mindset and continuous upskilling and reskilling of our digital literacy are essential for all stakeholders.

At our core, we are a team of international researchers dedicated to enhancing digital literacy skills in higher education. Our goal is to foster digital inclusion, collaboration, and innovation through lifelong learning. By equipping teachers, students, staff, and external partners with the necessary tools and knowledge, we strive to create an environment where everyone can thrive in the digital age.

Together, we can navigate these uncharted waters and unlock the full potential of digital transformation in education. Join us on this journey towards a future where digital literacy empowers individuals and drives positive change.