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2024 Artificial Intelligence in Education Practice Symposium

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In today's tech-driven world, AI is revolutionising education. Join us at this important symposium to explore the opportunities of AI for learning in higher education, to share insights, and to help foster responsible AI implementation. 


In early 2023, we had to adapt quickly to ChatGPT, the ground-breaking Generative AI (Gen AI) tool. Our first intuition was to navigate its impact on academic integrity. We must also focus on building AI literacy and exploring its positive integration into education. This means seeking ethical, managed, and effective ways to bring AI into our own and our learners’ skill sets so they are prepared for the current and future workforce. 

Join us to hear our feature speaker, Professor Danny Liu from the University of Sydney, talk about What is possible now that we have generative AI? Exploring productive and responsible use in education. Professor Liu has a vast amount of experience and knowledge to share. We’re confident he will deliver value and “aha!” moments to everyone in the room. He also brings news of an educational AI “pilot” in which Unitec will participate.
We’ll hear from teaching colleagues about their use of AI for learning and engage in discussions, strategic mapping, and networking to drive forward-thinking AI practices in vocational and higher education. We know you’ll get a lot out of this afternoon’s reflections.

What will you gain?

  • Professional Development: Enhance your Generative AI skills and knowledge with tailored sessions catering to educators at any stage of their AI journey. 
  • Exploration and Innovation: Discover novel approaches and techniques that foster innovation in AI educational practices. 
  • Preparation for the Future: Assess where you are at and begin to equip yourself with the tools and insights you need to prepare students for success in an AI-powered world. 

Please note REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. However, pre-event registrations will be accepted. Anyone still wishing to attend this event should inquire at the Registration Desk pre-event from 11.45am on the day, 12th April.


  • Keynote speaker - Professor Danny Liu speaks on the topic: What is possible now that we have generative AI? Exploring productive and responsible use in education.

Professor Danny Liu is a molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart. A multiple international and national teaching award winner, he works at the confluence of artificial intelligence, learning analytics, student engagement, educational technology, and professional development and leadership. He is a Professor of Educational Technologies in the DVC Education Portfolio at the University of Sydney, co-chairs the University's AI in Education working group, and leads the initiative that puts AI in the hands of educators.

  • World Café
    - Facilitated discussions on a range of “AI in education” topics you chose.
    - Facilitators: Te Puna Ako Academic Advisers
  • Teaching with AI - Case Study Presentations
    - Hugh Wilson (Unitec, Construction): Using AI to develop teaching resources.
    - Sophia Li, Jo Perry (MIT, Early Childhood Education): AI-supported image generators in the classroom.
    - Dr Sameh Shamout, Annabel Pretty (Unitec, School of Architecture): Student as a designer, AI as assistant.
  • Partnering with AI - James Oldfield presents and leads an open forum discussion on a partnering framework to guide the uses and applications of AI in learning and teaching at Unitec.

Event Information

Time: Friday 12th April, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Arrive early for car parking, lunch/coffee from The Hub/Te Puna, registration, and catching up with colleagues! 

Location: Red Lecture Theatre (Building 180, Te Puna), Unitec Mt Albert campus 


Time Activity Venue
12:00PM Registration  Red Lecture Theatre
12:30PM Mihi | Karakia  Red Lecture Theatre
12:40PM Keynote and Q&A Red Lecture Theatre
1:30PM World Café Red Lecture Theatre & Room B180-2045
2:40PM Teaching with AI – Case Study Presentations and Q&A Red Lecture Theatre
3:40PM Partnering with AI Red Lecture Theatre
4:30PM Concluding comments: Professor Martin Carroll, DCE Academic (MIT and Unitec)  Red Lecture Theatre
4:40PM Karakia and Refreshments Red Lecture Theatre & Events Kitchen, Ground Floor, Te Puna