What is AI and how do we use it in education?

First part of our AI Literacy webinar series

  • Online
  • 5
  • One hour
  • Free

This course will be held on

  • 20 March 2024

    • Online
    • 10:00 – 11:00
  • 28 March 2024

    • Online
    • 11:00 – 12:00


This is the first part of a series of webinars designed to explore AI and how to maximise its benefits. The series focuses on AI safety, accessibility, the use of AI tools in daily life, and creativity through AI applications. AI is increasingly prevalent in education, and this series of webinars is designed to assist educational staff in understanding how to effectively utilise generative AI for everyday tasks.

The first session will look at what AI is, considerations when using it and how to use it through effective prompting. This webinar is designed to equip educational staff with an understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It will cover the fundamentals of AI, including its capabilities, limitations, and potential impacts.

The sessions will be led by Paddy Shepperd, Senior AI specialist, with input from colleagues.

Who should attend

Educators and support staff who wish to learn more about how AI can be used in education. In order to attend participants will need to able to access at least one AI tool such as ChatGPT, Google Gemini, and Microsoft Copilot.

What we cover

Participants will:

  • Learn effective prompting techniques for conversational AI and specific prompt roles to enhance interaction with AI tools like ChatGPT, Google Gemini, or Microsoft Copilot.
  • Create content and then review relevance, accuracy, bias and how to avoid errors (potential hallucinations).
  • Consider the impact of generative AI on the workforce.
  • Practical exercises to create AI prompts and generate content using tools like ChatGPT, Google Bard, or Microsoft Copilot, and critically evaluate AI-generated content for relevance, accuracy, and bias.
  • Discussion and reflection about the potential impacts on their role and the broader workforce.
  • Conclude with a Q&A session allowing for further clarification and discussion on the use of AI.

Pricing and eligibility

This webinar is free and open to anyone from a Jisc member organisation (UK further education colleges, specialist colleges or higher education institutions). You will therefore need to register with your institutions email address.

For more information please email or phone 01235 822242.

Session preparation and setup

Upon successful registration before the webinar you'll receive your joining instructions email from Please fully read the instructions to ensure ease of access to the live online room.

  • The webinar will be run in Teams, with live automated captioning and transcription
  • You'll also need a headset, or headphones and a microphone
  • Please sign in using your full name
  • Participants’ microphones will be muted on entry. If you would like to speak, please use the raise hand tool or the chat pane to indicate this
  • We'll be taking questions during the webinar, which you can submit in the chat pane