Unleashing the Potential: The Impact of AI and ChatGPT in Revolutionising Education

Session Information:

Date & Time: November 22, 2023 14:20
Session: Plenary Session
Room: Orion Hall

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The incorporation of artificial intelligence (AI) into the educational field is revolutionising conventional teaching and learning methods. AI’s adaptability and personalised approaches cater to the diverse needs of students, leading to improved overall learning outcomes. Moreover, AI streamlines administrative tasks, providing educators with more time and resources to engage in meaningful interactions with students. As AI continues to evolve, it possesses the potential to create an education system that is more inclusive, effective, and responsive to the rapidly changing world. Among the most versatile AI tools making waves in education are chatbots, with ChatGPT leading the way based on its advanced GPT-3.5 architecture. The adaptability and versatility of ChatGPT offer immense potential to revolutionise the learning experience for both educators and students. However, as we embrace this transformation, it becomes necessary to address ethical concerns and ensure equitable access to AI technologies to preserve its positive impact in the educational sector. The purpose of this panel discussion is to emphasise that embracing AI’s potential in education is not merely an option but a strategic imperative to shape a brighter future for the next generation of learners and educators. Throughout the discussion, various examples from different educational institutions will be showcased, focusing specifically on the policies and practices related to implementing AI, particularly ChatGPT, among faculty members and students. The conversation will also analyse the exciting possibilities that arise from integrating ChatGPT in the educational field, exploring how ChatGPT can serve as a nurturing virtual tutor, offering guidance to students, tailoring learning experiences to their individual needs, and boosting their engagement and motivation. Furthermore, the panel will explore the transformative impact of leveraging ChatGPT’s capabilities, potentially revolutionising educational paradigms to create interactive and efficient learning environments.


Sean McMinn
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong

Sean McMinn, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong
Dr Sean McMinn, the Director of Center for Education Innovation at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has over 20 years experience in higher education. He has won the 2016 SHSS Teaching Excellence Award and the 2007 Teaching Innovation Award for his work with podcasts and education at HKUST. Sean holds a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and has taken up various teaching and leadership roles at the HKUST and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has interests in educational technology, artificial intelligence and digital literacies, and networked learning and has published and presented at international conferences on these subjects.

Murielle El Hajj Nahas
Lusail University, Qatar

Murielle El Hajj Nahas
Dr Murielle El Hajj Nahas holds a PhD in French Language and Literature from the Lebanese University, Lebanon. She is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Lusail University Press (LU Press) at Lusail University, Qatar. She is also Associate Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship and the IAFOR Journal of Education (Language Learning in Education issues), The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan, as well as Editorial Board Member of In Analysis, revue transdisciplinaire de psychanalyse et sciences, Elsevier Masson SAS, France. Her domain of research focuses on psychoanalysis of literature, the perspective on the unconscious in literary study, the roles of the instances involved in analytical/critical praxis, and the relation between literature and psychoanalysis. Her research interests include analysis of written narrative structure and focalisation; comparative studies of literary genres; discourse analysis and semantics; French linguistics, literature, modernism, and postmodernism studies; gender studies; literary semiotics and semiology; psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic criticism and textoanalysis; rhetoric and stylistics; and schizoanalysis. She has published book chapters, original articles, academic interviews, translated articles, book reviews and analyses, as well as poems. She has also authored a contemporary theatre book titled Fragments chaotiques published by Les impliqués Éditeur, France. (ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9445-6281)

Justin Sanders
Minerva Project

Justin Sanders has spent nearly 20 years in a wide range of educational settings globally. In his current role as Senior Academic Program Manager for the Minerva Project, he works with partner organisations to build and implement some of the world's most innovative educational programs based on the science of learning. Prior to joining Minerva, he served as Director of Continuing and Corporate Education at Temple University’s Japan Campus, Global Recognition Manager and Research Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Singapore and Washington, DC, respectively, and worked with community college leadership across the United States with the Association for Community College Trustees. Prior, he served as an education volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Azerbaijan, contributing to improving educational infrastructure and capacity in a small rural community. Throughout his career, he has helped to organise dozens of local, national and international education conferences and events and has published research on internationalisation, secondary to tertiary transitions, and partnerships in higher education. He holds a BA Social and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Arizona, an MA in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, and a PhD in Education from Osaka University, Japan, where his research explored approaches to international strategy development at universities in Asia.

Tati D. Wardi
Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII), Indonesia

Tati D Wardi
Tati Lathipatud Durriyah (Tati D. Wardi) is the Head of the MA Education program at the Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII), Indonesia. She was a Fulbright recipient for her Master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, and earned a PhD from the School of Education and Human Ecology from Ohio State University.

Her research interests revolve around literacy education in teacher education, specifically digital literacy, literature-based literacy education, and children’s literature. Dr Wardi’s article was published in Reading Horizons and was included in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s 2021 Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English which is carefully curated by literacy luminaries. Tati has authored chapters on children’s literature and student teachers’ reading engagement in two books published by Rowman & Littlefield, United States.

About the Presenter(s)
Sean McMinn is the Director of Center for Education Innovation at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Murielle El Hajj Nahas is Assistant Professor and Director of Lusail University Press (LU Press) at Lusail University in Qatar
Justin Sanders is the Senior Academic Program Manager for the Minerva Project
Tati D. Wardi is the Head of the MA Education program at the Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII) in Indonesia

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