Latest AI trends in Higher Education will be addressed at the PUCV

Latest AI trends in Higher Education will be addressed at the PUCV
Latest AI trends in Higher Education will be addressed at the PUCV

During Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso will host a seminar and workshop with international experts at Casa Central in which the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Higher Education will be addressed, as well as the work carried out by academics from the House of Studies in this matter.

Regarding this meeting, the general director of Engagement with the Environment, David Contreras, explained that “in a university of excellence like ours, with the highest institutional accreditation, it is essential that Artificial Intelligence is understood and addressed in an immanent way to our work. and in that of each academic unit, so that our students incorporate it as an essential tool during their training process.”

In this regard, he added that these topics are raised and form an essential part of the Institutional Strategic Development Plan 2023-2029, as well as the PUCV Educational Model. “Today, globally, technology advances rapidly and it is our duty to be at the forefront. That is why we organize this activity, which is complementary to what is done in the academic units. It is a priority that PUCV academics and managers know and work with the latest trends in AI,” added Contreras.


This meeting will feature the participation of four international experts who will work directly with the participants.

Josep María DuartOpen University of Catalonia (Spain)

Professor in Educational Technology and Leadership, he is a professor and researcher in educational technology, educational organization, leadership and quality of higher education. He has published numerous scientific articles in international impact journals (ORCID).

He has been founder and director of the UNESCO Chair of e-Learning at the UOC (2002 and 2009); co-director and founder of International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education; president of EDEN (Digital Learning Europe) and of the University of the Future Network, an international network of researchers on the future of higher education; and coordinator of REDUNETE, a network of Colombian universities for the use of technology in education.

Alejandro VelizUniversity of Plymouth (United Kingdom)

Through co-design and inclusive methodologies, it is innovative in areas such as social housing, healthcare technology and modern construction methods, in collaboration with end users and researchers in areas such as robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence. He is involved in multiple R&D initiatives including research and innovation funding from UK Research and Innovation, government services and professional bodies such as EPSON Robotic Solutions, Chartered Institute of Building. He is Associate Professor of Digital Design (Architecture) and Associate Director of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth.

Alejandro ArmelliniUniversity of Portsmouth (United Kingdom)

Professor and Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning. Expert in leadership and implementation of large-scale student-centered, evidence-based transformations. The conceptualization and research of active hybrid learning is one of his main contributions to the transformation of the teaching profession and the improvement of student learning outcomes. This work is central to Portsmouth’s “blended and connected” approach, including the university’s pedagogical redesign and new London campus.

Javiera AtenasUniversity of Suffolk (United Kingdom)

Associate Professor in University Teaching at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Suffolk University. She has a doctorate in Education and Senior Fellow of the British Academy of Higher Education, she has a long career in teaching and research on topics of openness to knowledge. She has worked in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East as a teacher and advising universities on policy and curriculum development issues on openness to education, science and data. She is part of the Education Policy Hub and the UNESCO Dynamic Coalition on Open Education.



3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Seminar/Discussion: “Experiences in the application of Artificial Intelligence in European Higher Education”

  • Conceptualization: GenAI
  • Approaches to AI in various contexts.
  • 16:40 Coffee break


09:00-10:30 am: Presentation session of AI experiences developed at the PUCV

10.30-11.00 am: Coffee break

11:00-13:00: Workshops “Speculative methods/Blue Sky Thinking about the future university. Possible methods”

  • Mapping-Mapping of relationships between different actors and where AI can facilitate/impact these internal networks.
  • Codesign workshops-Participatory design of internal policies/Principles of use and regulation of AI.
  • Experience design/Prototyping-What are the experiences?/Situations where AI can influence positively/assertively.
  • Perceptual maps-What are the current attitudes and perceptions about AI?
  • Worst possible idea-What are the worst AI adoption scenarios? We don’t know what we want yet, but we know what we DON’T want?

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