The School of Global Studies’ Knowledge Management Community of Practice on Teaching hosted an informative “AI in Education” presentation at Thammasat University‘s Tha Prachan Campus On Wednesday, March 15th, 2023. Pat Yongpradit, the Chief Academic Officer of Code.org from USA, was invited to deliver the presentation. As part of his role, Khun Yongpradit works towards building connections with the education ecosystem in Thailand. He has previously conducted seminars and workshops on Computer Science, and Computational Thinking at Mahidol University, spoken at Thai conferences such as IPST’s ISMTEC 2018 and Aksorn’s Education Leader Symposium, and visited university classes to discuss education policy and systems change.
Both in-person and online SGS faculty members attended the presentation, where insights on “Global AI Education Policy Highlights” were shared. The presentation also touched on “AI in Education” and covered example uses limitations, and risks. The talk raised several thought-provoking questions, such as the advantages and disadvantages of using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT for active learning and critical thinking. These tools could potentially revolutionize how we teach and structure the learning experience.
Following the presentation, there was an open discussion among participants. The recent advent of ChatGPT has caused concern in the academic ecosystem worldwide, and this exchange was considered timely. Despite the potential risks associated with AI in education, SGS faculty members view it as an opportunity to revise the current way of learning, teaching, and evaluating students. This includes the development of active learning through AI technology, such as ChatGPT.