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2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Our regular CODE webinars provide a platform for exploration, exchange and learning from the innovation and development taking place in digital learning. 

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Date: 4 July 2024 

Time: 14.00-15.00 BST 

Location: Online

The regular Experiences in Digital Learning webinars from the Centre for Online and Distance Education provide the opportunity to explore the rapid innovations and changes we are seeing in digital learning, teaching and assessment. Our next Experiences in Digital Learning webinar takes place on Thursday July 4 2024, 14.00 – 15.00 BST. In this webinar, chaired by CODE fellow Dr Martin Compton,  we respond to the growing interest in AI in education by exploring how AI is being used in Higher Education to support learners, examining this issue from two perspectives. 

Firstly Kerith George-Briant asks “What is the role of higher education?” Is it to produce students that are independent, productive, and participatory? If the answer is yes, then let’s discuss the role of assistive technology and generative AI. This talk will ask you to consider whether ALL students and their learning needs have been considered in your current institution’s guidance on the use of (Gen)AI. 

The second half will introduce how the University of London Careers Service has integrated AI to enhance employability education for distance learners around the globe.  These range from how to smartly utilise AI to support job hunting, how to get a high quality AI CV review and how to use LLMs to further enrich and critically evaluate inter-cultural transdisciplinary skills.  

Our speakers  

Kerith George-Briant has a background in English Language Teaching and supporting students to develop their study skills. She has been working in Higher Education since the turn of the century (in South Korea and Scotland) and currently manages the Learner Development Service at Abertay University. Her academic interests include creating equity in the classroom, helping support students as they negotiate local expectations of academic writing, and the uses of Generative AI.

Rae Roberts is a Careers Consultant with the University of London Careers Service, Distance and Flexible Learners. Following an initial career in education (teaching, then the charity sector up to CEO level) Rae progressed to Higher Education Careers (leadership roles managing a multi-award-winning programme, published research, direct student support, digital learning design).  Rae also works as a freelance Education and Careers Consultant including writing in The Guardian and speaking on BBC Radio 4.