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Panel: The Impact of ChatGPT on the Research of Teaching & Learning

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This Panel Conversation was held via Zoom, Wednesday, March 8, 2023


The Bureau of Educational Research organized this panel, the first of a series, to discuss recent progress in ChatGPT, particularly how it impacts the research of teaching and learning (all levels, including K-12, higher education, and adult education). Conversation and developments around ChatGPT are moving very quickly. The popular media carries many stories and anecdotes about how it may impact practice in many domains. At the same time, discussion in the academic sphere has yet to coalesce. The aim of this discussion was its impact on research and teaching and what we must consider as we continue to study teaching and learning in response to the current development of general AI, particularly OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other similar tools.



Nigel Bosch is a professor in Educational Psychology, the School of Information Sciences, and NCSA. His research focuses primarily on machine learning and human–computer interaction applications in education, with work on automatic measurement of emotion during computer programming education, metacognition in online courses via natural language processing, and other learning and affective computing topics. PhD in computer science from Notre Dame University, postdoc at NCSA.

Cynthia D’Angelo is a professor in Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction. Her work focuses on leveraging data gathered through online technologies to better understand student learning of STEM concepts and practices and help teachers improve their instruction. She is also interested in leveraging augmented reality applications to improve science learning. PhD in science education from Arizona State University, postdoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John Gallagher is Associate Director of the Center for Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on four themes: (1) writing on social media, (2) interface and user design, (3) fusing qualitative and quantitative methodologies on writing, and (4) the influence of automation on writing. PhD in rhetoric and composition from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Roxana Girju is a professor in Linguistics, Computer Science affiliate, and part-time faculty member in the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science and the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Groups at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Julia Hockenmaier is a professor in Computer Science. Her main area of research is computational linguistics or natural language processing. PhD in informatics at the University of Edinburgh with Mark Steedman.

Michael Twidale is a professor and PhD Program Director in the School of Information Sciences. His research focuses on computer-supported cooperative work; collaborative technologies in digital libraries and museums; user interface design and evaluation; open-source usability; information visualization; ubiquitous learning; social learning of technology; rapid prototyping and evaluation. PhD in computing from Lancaster University (UK).


Jessica Li is Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Bureau of Educational Research in the College of Education, and a professor of Human Resource Development. Her primary research interest is to unleash human potential within work, community, and societal contexts, as individuals and organizations experience changes brought by globalization, technology advancement, economic development, and shift in workforce demographics. PhD in workforce education & development from Pennsylvania State University.



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