openAIED SIG Seminar: Generative AI and Higher Education: Where are we and where are we going?

Professor John Domingue (STEM)

Wednesday 6th December | 10:00-11:00 AM


It has been barely a year since ChatGPT burst onto the world. This high exposure of Generative AI has forced universities to reflect upon and rethink many aspects of the way they teach and assess. Building on AI research, innovation and deployment which stretches over a decade, since the beginning of 2023 we have been exploring the potential of Generative AI to aid in OU teaching and learning. In this talk I will report on early results, including proof of concepts, in the areas of content generation and digital assistants for students and outline possible future directions.


John Domingue holds a position of Professor of Computer Science, at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) at the Open University and serves as the President of STI International, an organization specializing in semantics and responsible for the ESWC conference series. With a career including serving as KMi Director from 2015 to 2022, Prof. Domingue has contributed over 240 refereed articles in fields such as semantics, AI, the Web, distributed ledgers, and eLearning.

From 2017 to 2021, he led the first of five themes on University Learners for the ¬£40M Institute of Coding, an initiative aimed at increasing the number and diversity of computing graduates in the UK while strengthening the connection between university teaching and corporate training. Between 2022 and 2023, Prof. Domingue spearheaded a project to develop a smart national educational content platform that incorporated cutting-edge AI techniques to support further education educators. Since 2023, he has been at the forefront of examining the impact of Generative AI on higher education. His newest project is SAGE-RAI: Smart Assessment and Guided Education with Responsible AI which will use Generative AI to develop and deploy an AI assistant to support teaching and learning.