Tech Panel – Empowering Education: Unveiling the Potential of Generative AI in the Classroom

Event Date & Time

  • May 9, 2024
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description


This event is part of the 2024 Celebrate Learning Week, taking place from May 6–10, 2024.

Join us for an exploration into the integration of Generative AI within our teaching practices. This panel brings together educators, technology experts, and early adopters in the field to share their direct experiences with employing GenAI in learning environments. They will discuss both the hurdles and victories they’ve encountered, providing their viewpoints of what it means to integrate this technology into teaching.

We’ll cover the real-world applications of Generative AI, its impact on student engagement and learning outcomes, and the practical considerations for educators looking to adopt these tools. The panel will also delve into the current state and future prospects of GenAI in education, addressing the support and resources needed from the university to fully leverage this technology.

As we engage in this conversation, we aim to shift perceptions from healthy skepticism to a more nuanced understanding of Generative AI’s potential to enhance educational experiences. This session is designed to inform and inspire educators, offering a clear-eyed view of the opportunities and challenges that come with embracing GenAI in the classroom.


  • Dr. Elisa Baniassad, Associate Professor of Teaching, UBC Computer Science; Acting Academic Director, CTLT
  • Dr. Ramon Lawrence, Professor Computer Science, UBC O, Director, CTL
  • Dr. Joss Ives, Associate Professor of Teaching, UBC Physics and Astronomy
  • Dr. Firas Moosvi, Lecturer, UBC Computer Science
  • Jon Festinger K.C., Associate Professor of Teaching, Peter A. Allard School of Law


  • Rich Tape, CTLT Programmer Analyst II, UBCV

Note to Non-UBC Participants:

In order to register for this program, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program.