The annual event took place on BGU's campus over two days
The recently concluded annual Learning & Teaching Conference at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) brought together educators, researchers, and academics to delve into the future of learning, teaching, and assessments. Titled "B3, AI and Educational Gains", the two-day conference held on campus offered a variety of discussion points, including the evolving role of technology in education.
During day one of the conference, talks included an exploration into the world of the Office for Students, the independent regulator of higher education in England, as well as initiatives being undertaken at BGU.
Attendees enjoyed a video lecture by Professor David Smith from Sheffield Hallam University titled "How AI has answered the UnGoogleable question and what happens next." Professor Smith discussed the ways in which artificial intelligence has overcome the limitations of traditional search engines, leading to new possibilities for knowledge acquisition and exploration.
Another keynote speaker, Dr Phil Anthony from University of Kent, highlighted the importance of adapting to the rapid advancements in technology while maintaining academic integrity, and explored how AI is transforming the educational landscape. The discussions revolved around leveraging AI-powered systems to detect plagiarism and promote originality in student work.
Participants also received an update on the progress of Blackboard Ultra's roll-out, BGU'S new advanced learning management system that aims to streamline educational processes, facilitate student engagement, and enhance the teaching and learning experience for BGU staff and students.
The event concluded with talks around educational gain and retention strategies. Speakers shared insights on effective teaching methods and innovative approaches to fostering student success.