Opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence for higher education pedagogy

10th webinar of the series “Dialogues on education and society”

TypeOpen for all


WhereOnline (Zoom; registration below)

OrganiserGINTL | JoLII

TopicsWebinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

Welcome to the 10th webinar of the series “Dialogues on education and society”! Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionise higher education. However, its implementation also poses significant challenges, such as ethical concerns, privacy issues, and the need for faculty and staff training. In this webinar, we will explore the opportunities and challenges of using AI in higher education, and discuss best practices for integrating AI into teaching, learning and research.

Speakers and presentation topics

Artificial intelligence in education: Today and tomorrow 

Yu Lu

Associate Professor, School of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University


Yu Lu will talk about the latest research and practical applications in the of artificial intelligence in the field of education (AIED), and envision the emerging topics as well as potential applications of AIED in the near future.

About Yu Lu

Yu Lu is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University (BNU), where he also serves as the director of the ICT centre of the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII).

He has published more than 70 academic papers in various journals and conferences (e.g., in IEEE TKDE, TMC, ICDM, AIED, AAAI, CIKM, EDBT, IJCAI, ICDE). Lu currently serves as the PC member for multiple international conferences (e.g., AAAI, AIED, EMNLP, ACL, IJCAI). His research interests mainly sit at the intersection field of artificial intelligence and education.

… and then there was ChatGPT

Anna-Mari Rusanen

University Lecturer, Department of Digital Humanities, Cognitive Science, University of Helsinki
Senior Specialist, Ministry of Finance of Finland


ChatGPT can be used to summarise articles, write essays, translate text and much more, and it is expected to impact heavily on higher education. ChatGPT is a large language model  (LLM), and is probably the most famous example of the transformer-architectures.

In this talk, Rusanen will analyse the properties of large language model. Further, she will discuss their impact for higher education from a multidisciplinary point of view. Especially, she will focus on the question of sufficient algorithmic literacy skills.

About Anna-Mari Rusanen

Anna-Mari Rusanen is a philosopher of artificial intelligence and cognitive sciences. Her research topics vary from the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence to the cognitive dynamics of human-machine interaction, and from the ethical issues to the nature of computational explanations. Currently she works as an university lecturer in cognitive science, (Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki), and also as a senior specialist on ethical and societal aspects of AI in Ministry of Finance of Finland.

Chair of the webinar

Olli-Pekka Malinen

Regional Expert (China), Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning | Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki

About the webinar series “Dialogues on education and society”

The GINTL-JoLII webinar series “Dialogues on education and society” engages leading experts in dialogues on Chinese and Finnish education and society with a comparative broader European and global perspective. The dialogues are in various formats, and they are targeted to researchers, policymakers, education practitioners, and administrators.

The webinar series is jointly organised by the Global Innovation Network of Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) of the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII).


Olli-Pekka Malinen

Regional Expert (China)


Nico Stockmann

Research Assistant


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Project coordinators

GINTL Finnish higher education institutions