Published on 04 Jul 2024

Dr Khor Ean Teng participates at the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Conference and serves as mentor for Doctoral Consortium

Dr Khor Ean Teng, Education Research Scientist from the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP), participated at the annual International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) conference and was invited to serve as one of the four mentors for the ISLS Doctoral Consortium held in Buffalo, New York, United States, from 8 to 14 June 2024.

Dr Khor co-wrote a paper titled "Leveraging Generative Artificial Intelligence to Support Students in Learning Programming: A Chatbot Pilot Study" alongside colleagues from the Office of Education Research (OER), Dr Elizabeth Koh, Deputy Director (Academic), Research Support, Education Research Funding Office and Senior Education Research Scientist and Dr Peter Seow, Lecturer and Education Research Scientist. This paper discusses the effect of GenAI chatbot feedback to help students in learning and highlights different contrasting cases of student interactions with the bot for learning programming. The findings show that students' interactions with the GenAI chatbot, their attitudes, and the amount of time they spend reading, comprehending, and applying the bot's feedback all impact how effective the bot is.

The ISLS Doctoral Consortium, an initiative aimed at fostering the development of up-and-coming talent, provides an opportunity for advanced PhD students to present their dissertation research with their peers and a panel of faculty members who act as mentors. The PhD student participants received support from Dr Khor and the other 3 mentors to engage in further inquiry. They work on the various problems and identified issues, while working with their dissertation project and the larger field of the Learning Sciences, or Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. Dr Khor also acted as advisor for the regional group with Asian PhD student participants and was part of the writing feedback sessions to support the mentoring in various topics related to Learning Sciences, Science of Learning and Educational Technology. She enjoyed mentoring the participants and received appreciation messages from the participants after the consortium.