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Artificial Intelligence in Education

Image created by Dall-E 2 (with input from Punya Mishra)

Future focused research question

How can artificial intelligence in education (AIED) communities ensure that future technologies are human-centered and humanist in their design, implementation and interpretation?


Artificial intelligence (AI) is an encompassing family of technologies that extend into all sectors of human life. Although artificial intelligence in education (AIED) research is often framed as supporting student learning and enhancing the educational experience, it is also clear there is significant potential for harm. This proposed Learning Futures Collaborative group is being formed to develop a research plan and methodology to investigate the broad landscape of new and emerging technologies and the challenge for AIED communities to ensure these advancements are human-centered and humanist in their design, implementation, and interpretation. This group will also seek to investigate how AIED communities are able to integrate and inform critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).



Institutional impact

  • AI CIG at CPED initiated (Oct, 2023). Special AI Edition of the CPED Impacting Education Journal announced (Jan, 2024) Lead Editor: Jim Dunnigan
  • Multiple members of LFC are participants in multiple university and other committees 
  • Sean Leahy and Punya Mishra invited to serve on ASU AI Advisory Committee
  • Rachna Mathur was named a AI CIRCLS Incubator Fellow (Summer 22)
  • Punya Mishra invited to serve on the Provost’s Committee on Generative AI in education.
  • Sean Leahy leads (on behalf of the Provost’s office) a series of informational webinars on the role of generative AI in education.

Journal articles


  • Learning Futures Podcast Episode: Generative AI 2023 Year in Review.
  • Learning Futures Podcast Episode: Scar(AI)Y stories
  • Learning Futures Podcast Episode: Me|We Exhibit Podcast (Sean Leahy, Rachna Mathur), Nov 2023 
  • Learning Futures Podcast Episode: AI in Education with guest Ganesh P. (Sean Leahy, Rachna Mathur), 2023
  • Learning Futures Podcast Episode: AI in Education with guest Kenneth K. (co-host with Sean Leahy), 2023 – I think not posted, not sure
  • Getting Smart Podcast: AI & STEM at ASU Prep (Rachna, Meg), Jan 2024 – release in March 2024
  • Four episodes of the Learning Futures podcast focused on AI in education with hosts Sean Leahy and Punya Mishra. Guests included were:
    • Ganesh Padmanabhan (Autonomize AI, Trusted Generative AI)
    • Ryan Baker (University of Pennsylvania, GSE) & Scotty Craig
    • Chris Dede (Harvard, GSE)
    • Ethan Mollick (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business)
  • Rachna Mathur was a guest on the Future of AI in Education podcast with Grand Canyon University (YouTube, LinkedIn)

Just an Hour episodes



Punya Mishra
Associate dean of scholarship and innovation; Professor, MLFTC

Jennifer Werner
Senior Instructional Designer and instructor, MLFTC

Sean Leahy
Director of Creative and Emerging Technologies for Enterprise Technology

Janel White-Taylor
Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Technology, MLFTC

Jim Dunnigan
Instructor EdD program, MLFTC

Janice Mak
Assistant Director, Learning Engineering Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor, MLFTC

Kellie Kreiser
Executive Director Global Development, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Scotty Craig
Associate Professor, Polytechnic School of Engineering

Rod Roscoe
Associate Professor, Polytechnic School of Engineering

Rachna Mathur
Doctoral Student, MLFTC

Nicole Oster
Doctoral Student, MLFTC

Steve Salik
Clinical Assistant Professor of Learning Design and Technologies, MLFTC

Rezwan Islam
Doctoral Student, MLFTC

Carolina Torrejon
Doctoral Student, MLFTC

Jaciara de Sa Carvalho
Visiting professor

Melissa Gieselhofer
Clinical Associate Professor, MLFTC

Sandra Nabulega
Doctoral Student, MLFTC

Yue Liu
Doctoral Student: Engineering Education Systems and Design