Seminars & Colloquia

Ji Yeon (Ariel) Han

University of California - Irvine

"Harnessing Generative AI in Education: Insights from StoryAI’s Design and Development"

Tuesday April 23, 2024 10:00 AM
Location: 3211, EB2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)


Abstract: The rapid advancement of generative AI (GAI) exemplified by tools like ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion, has opened new horizons for open-context conversations and creative outputs, and has the potential to revolutionize education. Yet, the integration of such technologies in education is complex, requiring a deep understanding of the practical, social, and pedagogical facets of learning environments. In this talk, I will explore the dynamic of GAI, focusing on how advanced GAI systems can be tailored and implemented safely and effectively in diverse learning environments. This talk will provide insight into the challenges and opportunities presented by GAI systems in educational settings. I will present a case study, centered around the design and evaluation of StoryAI, a text-based conversational GAI platform for enhancing narrative and writing skills among elementary students, illustrates a commitment to developing GAI tools that are not only innovative but also responsive to the diverse needs and contexts of learners. Through a series of studies involving students, parents, and educators, I aim to provide insights into the effective design and implementation of GAI in education, contributing to a future where technology and pedagogy come together to foster enriched learning for all.
Short Bio: Ariel Han is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of California, Irvine informatics department. Ariel holds master’s in Entertainment Technology Center from Carnegie Mellon University and bachelor’s degrees in Information science, Industrial design, and Fine arts from Seoul National University. Ariel’s research interests focus on the intersection of AI, educational technology, and HCI. Ariel designs AI technologies that promote literacy development, STEM learning, and creativity for children. Ariel investigates fundamental questions on how children interact and collaborate with AI-powered tools and agents to empower learning through examining how these technologies play a role of learning companions for children’s growth. Ariel has published in prestigious HCI conferences such as CHI, IDC, and learning science conference in ISLS, and CLS as well as journals in IJCCI, EIT, and I&LS with collaborators. As a team leader of the StoryAI project, she was awarded the VITAL challenge prize grants funded by the NSF in 2023.

Host: Tiffany Barnes, CSC

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