10 October 2023: AI in Higher Education Series: Using Artificial intelligence in Education 


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Date and Time: Tuesday, 10th October 2023 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm Nablus, Palestine / 1:00pm SAST 

Description of the Session: 

In this session we will discuss how to introduce AI in higher education, develop effective policies for AI courses and envision AI ethics in Education (AIED).  Throughout this session, we will investigate key insights and strategies that will empower educators and learners navigate the ever-evolving intersection of AI and education. 

Session led by:  

Zuheir N Khlaif is a Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences and Researcher in Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality Research Center at An-Najah National University, Palestine. He holds MSc., In Instructional Design and PhD degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Khlaif conducts empirical studies on technology integration in higher and public education, online learning, computational thinking, and technostress, to which he applies various critical theories. He is also interested in emerging research paradigms, including social network analysis, learning analytics, and data mining. He shares his views on his Facebook feed @khlaifz.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zuheirkhlaif

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zuheir-khlaif-0aa56550/?originalSubdomain=ae

12 October 2023: Publon Press workshop 2: Visualising complex concepts: Using Publon Press for Teaching and Learning


Session format: Workshop

Date(s) and Time(s): Thursday 12 October 2023 10:00 – 12:00 (SAST)

Facilitated by: Professor Randhir Rawatlal,  Architect of the AutoScholar Advisor, ScholarCloud and Publon Press systems and Associate Professor at University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) 

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Workshop 2 Description   

Visualising complex concepts: Using Publon Press for Teaching and Learning

Relationships by graphs, Parametric sketching, Animated simulations In this second workshop we  introduce graph-based relationship visualization, parametric sketching techniques, and animated simulations, all of which serve as invaluable tools for enhancing the teaching and learning process. Publon Press empowers educators to create immersive educational experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of complex concepts.

Created Zoom for Registration:  https://uct-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufu2urT8tGN3aWb-WqtmFSN_7MPiC1l0r

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Facilitators Bio:  

Professor Randhir Rawatlal is architect of the AutoScholar Advisor, ScholarCloud and Publon Press systems which leverage Artificial Intelligence and modern web technologies to support student success initiatives. The work began some 15 years ago, when it was realised that there were so many processes in Higher Ed that could and should be automated. From the accidental discovery of the extreme sensitivity by students to auto-generated interfaces to the realisation that all role players in higher ed are in need of some form of advising, this initial hobby grew and matured to systems in use at several institutions by thousands of students. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randhir-rawatlal-a971a515/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/randhir.rawatlal.7

17 October 2023:  The need for critical responses to AI within and by Higher Education


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Date and Time: Tuesday 17th October 2023, 3:00pm – 4:30pm SAST

Description of the session: 

Join our upcoming webinar that delves deep into the transformative impact of AI on higher education. In an era where AI, including advanced language models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, can swiftly produce assessments, sparking questions about the future of universities, our panel of experts will explore this crucial intersection. The first set of speakers, Neil Kramm and Associate Professor Mags Blackie, will discuss how AI challenges conventional views of higher education and assessment, urging us to rethink its purpose beyond mere credentialing. Meanwhile, Dr. Nicola Pallitt and Sioux McKenna will examine universities’ role in shaping the societal implications of AI and the necessity of fostering critical AI literacy among students. Join us to engage in thought-provoking discussions on the evolving relationship between AI and higher education, from assessment practices to broader societal impact, as we collectively navigate this AI-infused educational landscape.


Professor Sioux McKenna is the Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University where she also manages a nationally funded PhD programme and a number of internationally funded projects. Her interest in postgraduate studies includes a concern with how nations build postgraduate numbers with retention and throughput.

Mags Blackie is an associate professor in the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in education from Stellenbosch University. Her main research interest is in tertiary science education.

Dr Nicola Pallitt supports academics to use technologies effectively for teaching and learning. She supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches on formal courses and professional development offerings in Higher Education. She values contextual and culturally responsive approaches to learning design and educational technology usage. 

She seeks to expand critical perspectives on educational technologies in Higher Education.

Neil Kramm is part of the EdTech team in the Centre of Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University and has been working with educational technology since 2015 in a teaching and development function that served both students and academic staff. Neil is a researcher on educational technology focusing on Artificial Intelligence in higher education, assessment and research working on a PhD in AI and how it will change assessment in Higher Education.For more information and sign-up here