AI Symposium Recordings

A Symposium about ChatGPT and AI in Our Classrooms

During Winter Quarter 2023 eLearning and the XR Lab co-hosted a college-wide symposium discussing the pros and cons of the new artificial intelligence tools. The symposium was a success with over 250 people attended the sessions. This page contains the recordings for each of the sessions.

Dom Divakaruni, Group Product Manager with Microsoft

Come talk with Microsoft about OpenAI

Friday, March 10th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
The program was online, free, and open to the community.

Guest speaker: Dom Divakaruni

This presentation provided a walkthrough for how Microsoft is using Artificial Intelligence with its various services including Azure OpenAI. Dom Divakaruni, who is the Group Product Manager for Azure AI, described different ways we will experience embedded AI technology, such as ChatGPT, in Microsoft products. He heard from a diverse group of voices including faculty and students. There was an opportunity for questions and answers during the session.

Special thanks to:

  • Clara Lee (student moderator)
  • Natalia Sadkov (student moderator)
  • Jon Thaler (student moderator)
  • Lisa Harris (faculty organizer)
  • eLearning and the XR Lab

Urban Sketcher illustration of downtown New York City

The Value of Sketching in Today’s Digital Age

Monday, March 6th 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Urban Sketcher Presentation with Gabi Campanario
On Campus in D126P

This was a presentation by local Seattle Times artist and Urban Sketching founder, Gabi Campanario. This on-campus event was an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the continued value of hand drawn art and the role of the human artist in the new era of Artificial intelligence.

Gabi Campanario is a Seattle Times artist and an Urban Sketching founder. He showcased his unique personal style and discuss his drawing methods.  Please view Gabi Campanrio’s artwork on his website.

The event took place in the library building, D126P. The program was free and open to the community.

Computer mother board with chips and connecting wires.

How can we Navigate this Revolution?

Friday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PST
The program was free and open to the community.

A faculty panel discussed the perceived pros and cons of OpenAI, focusing primarily on ChatGPT, and how Bellevue College can respond to these tools. Topics included opportunities, challenges, current practice, and impacts.


James Riggall (Visiting Scholar, XR Lab)

Faculty Panelists

Claudia Payne (Program Chair, ESL, Basic and Transitional Studies)
Renee Nejo (Program Chair, Game Design, Game Art, 3D Art)
Dena Laney (Program Chair, IBIT, Application Development, AI)
Zoe Aleshire (Philosophy, Feminist Ethics)

Stephen Downes sitting in front of computer. Image is from the cover of Downes' book, Toward Personal Learning.

Education at the Crossroads: Technologies, Values, and the Role of the Institution

Friday, February 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PST
The program was online, free, and open to the community.

Guest speaker: Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes is a specialist in online learning technology and new media. Downes is known as a leading proponent of connectivism, a theory describing how people know and learn using network processes. He is an originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), is a leading voice in online and networked learning, and has authored learning management and content syndication software. Downes is also recognized as a leading voice in the open education movement. View Stephen Downes’ website for more information about him.

Technical illustration of nodes with electronic connections.

Whose Brain is it, Anyway?

Friday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
The program was online, free, and open to the community.

Guest panelists: Bruce Wolcott, Karrin Peterson, Morgan Olson, and George Rowe

Artificial intelligence (AI) will impact our teaching and we will reflect on how we can respond to these tools. In our first session, we covered:

  • Different forms of AI
  • An introduction to the tools
  • How successful are we at detecting AI?

The eLearning department supports all faculty teaching online, hybrid and on-ground classes. We also support all students using Canvas. The XR Lab is located in the BC library and is committed to the application of new virtual reality and simulation technologies as tools for teaching and learning.

Last Updated March 15, 2023