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More than a hundred students and teachers have participated in the event, organized by the Office of the Vice President for Planning and Quality.
The session on ChatGPT featured presentations by experts Tetiana Klymchuk, Xavier Marimon -UIC Barcelona lecturers- and Marc Alier -ICE-UPC Deputy Director of Teaching Innovation-, and concluded with a round table between teachers and students.
Tetiana Klymchuk: "Artificial Intelligence does not come to replace us, it comes to help us and to be better".
Barcelona, March 6, 2023.- The International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) hosted a session on chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) in higher education, organized by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Planning and Quality. The event was attended by experts Tetiana Klymchuk, Xavier Marimon, UIC Barcelona professors, and Marc Alier, ICE-UPC Assistant Director of Teaching Innovation. The act has culminated with a round table, which has brought together teachers and students interested in the integration of these technologies in the educational sector.
Professor Tetiana Klymchuk, Data Scientist specialized in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and professor at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at UIC Barcelona, has presented the technological bases and the evolution of Open AI ChatGPT, and other AI tools of other companies. "Open AI has reached a level that can only grow and go further and we have to learn to develop them. Artificial Intelligence does not come to replace us, it comes to help us and to be better", Klymchuk concluded.
Xavier Marimon, coordinator professor of the Robotics Electronics and Artificial Intelligence subjects in the Bioengineering degree at UIC Barcelona, focused on highlighting the differences between machine learning and deep learning, and the role played by chatbots and generative AI in education. Marimon explained that these technological advances can represent a paradigm shift in teaching for both teachers and students. "Chat GPT can also help teachers either by summarizing classes, formulating question banks or, directly, planning courses", highlighted Marimon.
For his part, Marc Alier, Computer Engineer, PhD in Sustainability and associate professor and deputy director of Teaching Innovation at ICE-UPC, spoke about the challenges and opportunities represented by generative chatbot models for education. "The best exams and educational models will be those that make it easy for students to access ChatGPT and not prohibit it," Alier said.
Throughout the event, the speakers have highlighted the capabilities and possibilities of ChatGPT, and all have agreed on the need to continue working on these new teaching and evaluation methodologies that incorporate the new Artificial Intelligence tools. In this sense, the Vice-Rector for Planning and Quality, Dr. Josep Clotet, stated that this day marked only a turning point, and stressed that "from the Vice-Rectorate we are working at all times to support teachers in this highly disruptive".
The session ended with a round table, moderated by Laura Rubio, Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations, which included lecturers Pere Buhigas, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at UIC Barcelona; Mercè Santos, associate professor of Industrial Control and Automation at the UPC, and UIC Barcelona students Marcos Oriol, a Bioengineering student, and Natalia di Ronza, a Humanities and Business Administration student.
About UIC Barcelona. The International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) was founded in 1997 with the aim of offering quality university education and promoting research as a service to society. Linked to the business world and with a markedly international character, it teaches sixteen degrees, eight double degrees, around thirty international double degrees and a wide range of postgraduate programs on its two campuses, located in Barcelona and Sant Cugat del Vallès.
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