Tue, Apr 30, 2024

12 PM – 1:50 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Each year, the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning gathers together faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows into a conversation about a pressing topic related to teaching at Yale. In this year’s event, we seek to move beyond the panic and reactionary responses to AI in the classroom, and towards a proactive posture: Proceeding from the assumption that AI is going to be a part of the landscape of student learning, how can we imagine these tools as benefits rather than barriers?

Our speakers, each drawn from a different discipline with a different viewpoint on the AI advancements of the last few years, will each share their greatest hope for, and their biggest concern about, AI and the future of pedagogy. In particular, they will consider the degree to which AI might amplify existing inequities or serve to remediate them. We will transition into an extended Q&A with other faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students at Yale. We hope that participants will emerge with a better understanding of this technology, new ideas for how to use it in and around their classrooms, and goals for the path forward.

This event’s guest speakers will include:

Seiji Isotani (Professor of Computer Science and Educational Technology, University of São Paulo)
Sarah Newman (Director of Art & Education, metaLAB and the AI Pedagogy Project, Harvard University)
Alexander Gil Fuentes (Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese, Yale University)
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Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman is the Director of Art & Education at metaLAB at Harvard. Working at the intersection of research and art, her work engages with technology’s role in human experience.

In addition to her art practice, she is also a facilitator and educator, and has developed a novel methodology to use creative materials to address interdisciplinary research problems. Newman's work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, and London, and she has held artist residencies in Germany, Sweden, and Italy. Her research in Artificial Intelligence and related technologies investigates how emerging technologies embed and mirror historical social and ethical challenges. She is Co-Founder of the Data Nutrition Project, which designs tools and practices for responsible AI development. Newman holds a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Newman was a 2017 AI Grant Fellow, a 2018 & 2021 Harvard Assembly Fellow, a 2018-2020 Fellow at the Royal Society of Art, a 2019 Rockefeller AI Bellagio Resident, and the 2020-21 artist-in-residence at Northeastern University’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity. Her current work explores the social and philosophical dimensions of artificial intelligence and uses interactive art as a means of critique and public engagement. She is passionate about management, and leadership, and workplace culture, and since 2018, she has designed and led monthly management "jams" for BKC staff.


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Seiji Isotani

Seiji Isotani is a visiting professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a professor of computer science and learning technology at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has a Ph.D. in information engineering from Osaka University, Japan, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. For the past 15+ years, Isotani has dedicated his research career to advancing the science concerning how people learn with interactive/intelligent educational technologies and on untangling potential mechanisms for ensuring that every student receives the personalized support that they need to engage in fulfilling and meaningful educational experiences. He is widely recognized for his work in the fields of Gamification in Education, Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). With over two hundred scientific articles he is on the list of the 30 most cited researchers in his areas of expertise, according to Google Scholar. Since 2017, he works as a technical/scientific advisor to the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the designing and implementation of public policies related to educational technologies. He was one of the main contributors to designing norms for the K-12 Computer Science Curriculum in Brazil. And in 2022, he was elected for a 6-year term to the Executive Committee of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society

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Alexander Gil Fuentes

Alex is Senior Lecturer II and Associate Research Faculty of Digital Humanities in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in digital humanities, and runs project-based learning and collective research initiatives. Before joining Yale, Alex served for ten years as Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University, where he co-created and nurtured the Butler Studio and the Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research. His research interests include Caribbean culture and history, digital humanities and technology design for different infrastructural and socio-economic environments, and the ownership and material extent of the cultural and scholarly record. He is currently senior editor of archipelagos journal, editor of internationalization of Digital Humanities Quarterly,  co-organizer of The Caribbean Digital annual conference, and co-principal investigator of the Caribbean Digital Scholarship Collective, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.

Over the past decade, he has been a prolific producer and contributing team member of many recognized digital humanities projects and scholarly software, including Torn Apart/Separados, In The Same Boats and Wax. His scholarly articles have appeared in several essay collections and refereed journals around the world, including Genesis (France), the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, and Revista de Investigaciones Literarias y Culturales (Venezuela).  His forthcoming edition and translation of the lost, original version of Aimé Césaire’s “…..Et les chiens se taisaient” is forthcoming from Duke Press.


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