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Season 2, Episode 10 - Teach & Learn

How AI Can Support or Prevent True Learning With Justin Bruno

Join D2L and AI Strategist, Justin Bruno for a conversation about how AI can be a crutch or a tool in the classroom.


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L. This episode is hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs at D2L. Every two weeks we feature candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We explore trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

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Episode Description

Our regular listeners will know that we have been diving into AI as of late. As this technology evolves so must the conversation. It’s our responsibility to continue to question, investigate and examine as it becomes more and more ubiquitous—this isn’t the time to make assumptions—especially when it comes to education. 

Justin Bruno is an AI Strategist at Michigan Virtual who encourages the responsible integration of AI tools in education but warns that educators must be vigilant to ensure it supports learning, rather than circumvents it.

In this episode, your host Dr. Cristi Ford and Justin chat about:

  • Whether LLMs help or hinder learning
  • AI in the classroom: practical benefits and strategies  
  • How to prevent the use of AI from setting students up for failure
  • How to use LLMs for enrichment and support, not as a crutch

Show Notes

1:15: An introduction to Justin Bruno and his role as an AI Strategist

4:27: What Michigan Virtual offers

5:33: LLMs and their use in education

7:47: LLMs and the learning process

9:39: How interactions with AI can impact learning outcomes

12:30: How increased productivity does not equate true learning

15:30: Strategies to help educators use LLMs in their classrooms

17:51: AI, assessments and metacognitive objectives

21:47: The realities of implementing AI in curriculum and content

24:35: AI as an accelerator, assistant, or a crutch

28:00: Prompt engineering


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