Exploring the Advent of AI in Teaching College Literature: A Case Study from Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (78554)

Session Information: AI and Media
Session Chair: Cynthia Wong

Saturday, 25 May 2024 14:10
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Spring 2020 ushered in online asynchronous teaching as American universities were upended by the pandemic. When conscientiously addressed, some upheavals actually resulted in a high quality of teaching literature to students. Four years later, implementing a variety of reflective changes to my teaching pedagogy for the online asynchronous mode has resulted in students becoming very engaged with studying literature and working positively towards such literary skills as analyzing characters in fiction, interpreting poetry or drama and exploring the human condition through literature. I will note some of these effective implementations as I focus on a different pedagogical upheaval currently taking place in universities. In Fall 2022, the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) produced notable teaching concerns. How can humanities teachers explore the viability of AI in literary studies without becoming overwhelmed by possibilities of the new technology? For this oral presentation, I will outline (1) the key concerns associated with the teaching of college reading and writing skills in the changing educational environment induced by AI; and (2) offer plausible practices that can effectively merge traditional and technical modes for teaching compassionately through a model offered by a Nobel prize-winning literary author. Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel, Klara and the Sun (2021), focuses on the inevitable clashes of traditional versus experimental and offers a compelling story to engage our understanding about the inevitability of AI in literary studies and culture.

Cynthia Wong, University of Colorado Denver, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Cynthia Wong is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at University of Colorado Denver in United States

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