A Project to Enhance Mutual Support Between College Students and the Elderly Through the Use of Generative AI (75088)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Lilia Halim

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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

In Japan, the phenomena of a declining birthrate coupled with an aging population manifest as urgent societal challenges. It is vital for the elderly population to gain exposure to contemporary technologies and novel thought processes through collaboration with younger generations. Similarly, it is essential for the young to have avenues to derive wisdom from the elderly. Yet, in reality, the opportunities for meaningful interaction and mutual support between these diverse age cohorts are constrained and limited.
We have facilitated various opportunities for intergenerational exchange. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we devised ways for students and the elderly to interact in a safe environment using ICT, even when outings were restricted. In 2023, we made further efforts to create opportunities for students and the elderly to collaborate, promoting mutual understanding and support. Two projects were designed and implemented, both of which provided opportunities to leverage generative AI technology. The first, the Karuta Project, centers on Karuta, a traditional Japanese card game. In this project, students and the elderly collaborated to create karuta cards with themes focusing on 'health' and 'beauty.' Both parties contributed to creating the lines of karuta, while the designs of the cards were crafted by students, with the support of AI. The second, the Short Story Project, involved using generative AI to help students create stories inspired by the memories of the elderly. These stories were then revised based on advice from the elderly. The presentation will outline the activities undertaken in both projects and analyze the results.

Kaoru Mita, Jissen Women's Junior College, Japan
Maiko Oikawa, Yamano College of Aesthetics, Japan
Mika Shirao, Jissen Women's University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Kaoru Mita is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Jissen Women's Junior College in Japan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00